Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Poorest Americans are Children and the Poorest Children are Black, Hispanic and Under Six
The Children’s Defense Fund’s analysis of new state data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that child poverty rates remain at record highs and Black, Hispanic and children under six suffer the most. Only two states (Texas and Illinois) experienced significant decreases from 2011. Child poverty rates actually increased in three states (New Hampshire, Mississippi and California) and remained at 2011 levels for the remaining 45 states.
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Friday, February 08, 2013
Children’s Defense Fund Releases New Report on Zero Tolerance
Today, the Children’s Defense Fund - Southern Regional Office released a new report, Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™: Preventing Pushouts in Mississippi Schools .
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
From the Children’s Congress to the Corporations’ Congress: House Budget Proposal Robs Children and Rewards Corporations
The House of Representatives budget proposal released yesterday by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan would rob poor children of their futures while rewarding the richest Americans and corporations.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
New Research Finds Tough Times for Black Children
A new report shows the vast majority of America's Black community, seven in 10 adults, view these as tough or very bad times for Black children and many see poor Black youth falling further behind. As the country remembers the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr., 40 percent of Black children are born poor. In the fourth grade, 85 percent of Black children cannot read or do math at grade level and later almost half drop out of school. A Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
CDF Statement on New Data Showing 8.1 Million Uninsured Children, 14.1 Million Children in Poverty in 2008
Today, Children's Defense Fund (CDF) President Marian Wright Edelman issued the following statement in response to the Census Bureau's release of data showing that, in 2008, 8.1 million children were uninsured and 14.1 million children lived in poverty.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Nearly 12,000 Youths Hold Rallies and Marches in 27 States Urging Health Coverage Reform for Children
Yesterday, nearly 12,000 youths across the nation held rallies, marches, Congressional visits, and letter-writing campaigns urging Congress to support health reform for all children. The events were part of the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools ® National Day of Social Action , a day of civic engagement for children involved in the CDF Freedoms Schools summer learning enrichment program.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Marian Wright Edelman Testimony at House Committee on Energy and Commerce Hearing
Today, Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman testified at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about the House Tri-Committee Comprehensive Health Reform Discussion Draft. Excerpts from her testimony are included below. To view the submitted testimony in its entirety visit, www.childrensdefense.org/healthreformtestimony
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Monday, March 16, 2009
New Report Finds Low-Income Families Lose Billions to Predatory Commercial Tax Preparers
Today the Children's Defense Fund released a report finding that in tax year 2006, low-income families lost $3.1 billion of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits to high-interest, short-term loans, tax preparation fees and other financial products issued by commercial tax preparers.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Children's Defense Fund, National Leaders Convene to Address America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline
Today, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and several co-conveners concluded their two-day California/National Cradle to Prison Pipeline Summit in Sacramento, California. The more than 500 attendees at the summit shared promising approaches and developed community action plans to stop the funneling of thousands of children down a pipeline to prison.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
State of America's Children Deteriorating According to New Children's Defense Fund Report
Today the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) released The State of America's Children 2008 ® report, a statistical compendium of key child data showing epidemic numbers of children at risk: the number of poor children has increased nearly 500,000 to 13.3 million, with 5.8 million of them living in extreme poverty, and nearly 9 million children lack health coverage-with both numbers likely to increase during the recession. The number of children and teens killed by firearms also increased after years of decline.
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