Explore Our Policy Priorities
The Children’s Defense Fund champions policies and programs to improve the odds for America’s children. We focus our advocacy on the whole child because we believe children don’t come in pieces. We seek to end child poverty, give every child a healthy start, a quality early childhood experience, a level education playing field, and safe families and communities free from violence—with special attention to children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Our policy and advocacy work includes raising awareness, gathering and analyzing data, publishing reports and research, highlighting promising practices, seeking legislative and administrative improvements and, perhaps most importantly, implementing policies so they truly benefit the most vulnerable children. Through this work, we seek to advance and achieve our mission to Leave No Child Behind®.