State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 26, 2019 reveal that child poverty remains a crisis across our nation despite progress in some states.
When enough people in a population are vaccinated against an infectious disease, “community immunity” protects the entire population. Community immunity helps protect those who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young, have weakened immune systems, or are part of the small portion of the population on whom vaccines are ineffective.
The facts are simple: Vaccines are safe. They are highly effective. They are supported by every major American medical society and government agency and are a routine part of pediatric care. Yet the growing number of VPD outbreaks suggest more must be done to support immunization and halt the spread of serious—and potentially deadly—diseases.
CDF joined other national organizations in expressing our support for the Family First Transition and Support Act of 2019 which would provide states and territories with resources and funding flexibility to transition to Family First – enhancing support for parents and relatives who are struggling to care for their children.
Medicaid is a powerful anti-poverty tool that helps struggling parents get ahead by providing access to health coverage that can help them provide and care for their families. It ensures coverage to 37 million low-income children and children with disabilities. Nearly half of all births are covered by Medicaid. Despite Medicaid’s success,
the growing number of never-before allowed waivers allowing states to require recipients to work will harm children as parents and caregivers lose the health coverage they need to work and care for their children.
New Opportunities for Kinship Families: Action Steps to Implement the Family First Prevention Services Act in Your Community
This brief, developed by the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Children’s Defense Fund and Generations United, highlights provisions in the Family First Prevention Services Act that help kinship families, along with steps caregivers, advocates, and other leaders can take to help implement the Family First Act. Includes a chart comparing services and supports for kin before and after the Family First Act.
CDF’s Parent and Child Trends Survey conducted by YouGov with data collected May 8th through May 21st, 2018.
As another school year begins, fear of a school shooting is front and center in the minds of America’s children, outranking common childhood worries like experiencing peer pressure and not fitting in with classmates.
State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 13, 2018 reveal that child poverty remains a crisis across our nation despite progress in some states.
Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 12, 2018 show roughly 12.8 million America children lived in poverty in 2017, about 450,000 fewer than in 2016.
Case Study on Reforming School Discipline, Equity, and Justice: Oklahoma City Public Schools Profile
CDF and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, believe that all schools should be welcoming and productive places for children to learn and for teachers to teach. We believe that exclusionary discipline – suspending or expelling a student from school for a disciplinary reason – be used sparingly and as a last resort. Measures can and should be taken to build positive school climates, response to special circumstances of students, prevention student misbehavior, and address violations of school rules in a restorative manner.