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Children’s Defense Fund DACA Statement

DACA has been a government band-aid for delivering lasting protection for immigrants for a decade. Children's Defense Fund stands firmly with DACA recipients and all Dreamers and calls on Congress to enact a permanent legislative solution to provide a pathway to citizenship that these young people and their families need and deserve.

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Children’s Defense Fund and Florida A&M University Awarded National Endowment for The Humanities Grant

August 19, 2022; Washington, D.C. — Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® program and Florida A&M University (FAMU) have been awarded a $175,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to conduct a two-week hybrid summer institute for educators entitled Centering Youth Agency in the Civil Rights Movement. 

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CDF Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) applauds the Senate for passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 as it will provide some needed relief for children, youth, and families across the country. The historic investment in clean energy is a pledge to our children’s future, reducing prescription costs and helping families cover health care premiums will help ensure parents do not have to choose between their health and supporting their families, and the billions generated from a new minimum tax on large corporations could one day go toward economic and social benefits for children, youth, and families.

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Statement from CDF President & CEO on Uvalde Mass Shooting

This week, 19 children and two teachers in Texas lost their lives at the hands of another 18-year-old boy who should never have had access to firearms. For years—as guns became the leading cause of death for children and youth—CDF advocates and volunteers have pleaded with elected officials to “Protect Children, Not Guns.”

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Joint Statement from Coalition of Anti-Hunger, Education, Child, Nutrition, and Public Health Organizations Calling on Congress to Extend Child Nutrition Waivers

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our organizations have worked tirelessly to ensure that children have access to meals through the child nutrition programs. Together, we have called on Congress to extend the waiver authority for another school year to support children and families as they recover from the educational, health, and economic impacts of the pandemic.

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2022 State of the Union Response from Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Biden welcomed and told the story of Joshua Davis, a 13-year-old from Virginia who lives with type 1 diabetes. The teen, celebrating his birthday with the entire nation, has been advocating for school safety and health since he was four years old. By turning the camera and conversation to the cost of care to keep him healthy, the president made the most significant symbolic gesture of the evening. He centered America’s children in the public policy debate. Now, we have to keep them there.

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CDF Statement on Guilty Verdict in the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery

“President Biden’s framework brings us one step closer to a historic, essential, and long-overdue investment in our country’s children and families. We’re poised to boost families’ economic stability and reduce racial inequities in income, housing, education, and health care that harm Black and brown children every day. We appreciate the countless child advocates, parents, friends in the White House, and champions in Congress who have fought for decades to bring us to this point."

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