Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The national organization works on behalf of all children to ensure that every child in the U.S. receives health care coverage that is comprehensive, accessible, and affordable. See below for more information about CDF’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • CDF Released a Video Celebrating their 40th Anniversary!

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    CDF: Let’s Celebrate! The Children’s Defense Fund released a video in celebration of their 40th anniversary. The video highlights CDF’s Champions Changing the Odds for Children campaign.
  • Action Alert! CDF Called For Action to Stop the Government Shut Down

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    CDF: The Children’s Defense Fund published a call to action asking individuals to call their U.S. House of Representatives and tell them to “stop the shutdown and prevent and economic meltdown for the sake of our children.” As a result of the shutdown, nearly 9 million infants, children and pregnant women are at risk to loose assistance from nutrition programs and 195 children are unable to access Head Start programs in 5 states. CDF reports for every week the government is shut down, the National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates 30 children (10 who have been diagnosed with cancer) will not be able to begin their clinical trials.
  • CDF Issued Call to Action Against Budget Cuts and Encouraged Congress to Stand Up for Kids

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    CDF: In efforts to continue to promote their Be Careful What You Cut campaign, the Children’s Defense Fund issued a call to action encouraging individuals to contact Congress as ask them to stand up for children.
  • CDF Released Videos from the 2012 National Conference Plenary Sessions Focused on Critical Challenges Facing Children

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    CDF: The Children’s Defense Fund released videos from its 2012 National Conference Plenary Sessions on a wide range of critical challenges facing children.
  • CDF Encouraged Individuals to Organize Debate Watching Parties and Share Childhood Photos

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    CDF: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) encouraged individuals to organize debate watching parties and post childhood pictures on the CDF Be Careful What You Cut Campaign social media website.
  • CDF Released a Factsheet Highlighting National Poverty Data and an Interactive Map of Uninsured Children

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    CDF: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) released a factsheet highlighting the new national poverty data according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report. The factsheet reports that children continue to be the poorest age group in the county (22%) and one in five children (1.6 million) in the U.S. were poor in 2011. In addition, CDF released an interactive map based in the U.S. Census Bureau's report listing the number and percentage of uninsurned children in each state.
  • CDF Hosted National Conference in Cincinnati

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    CDF: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) hosted a national conference, Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor with Urgency and Persistence.  The conference provided various sessions and workshops focusing on latest research and best practices, community building models, and community and youth empowerment strategies.  In addition, David Lawrence, Jr. the chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida also spoke at the conference on the history of lessons learned. 

  • CDF Hosted National Conference in Cincinnati

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    The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) will host a national conference on July 22-25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference will provide cutting edge plenary sessions and various workshops focusing on latest research and best practices, community building models, and community and youth empowerment strategies to assist in identifying effective efforts and steps in implementing new programs for children and the poor in 2012. The event will gather 3,000 leading researchers, educators, policymakers, practitioners, faith leaders, and advocates including 1,000 young adult leaders. Registration is open and a copy of the conference overview with workshop descriptions is available here.
  • CDF President Presented on Challenges Facing Children

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    Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Founder and President Marina Wright Edelman attended a number of events in California the week of May 28th. One of the featured events was the second annual symposium on the status of children’s health in Santa Clara County (also featured in the San Jose Mercury News). Edelman’s presentation included statistics highlighting challenges facing children, especially children of color, and a call to action for the continued and united fight for a national system of health coverage for children that is “affordable, seamless, and accessible.
  • CDF Hosted National ACA Tweetup and Shared Personal Stories

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    CDF hosted a national Tweetup using the hashtag #ACA4YOUandME, published an implementation update on its website, and posted 12 videos on its YouTube page sharing individual stories of how the ACA has helped children access to care.
  • CDF Published Column on ACA Benefits Children Have Received to Date

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    Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), published a Child Watch Column (also featured in the Huffington Post) describing the ACA benefits children have gained before it is fully implemented in 2014. Ms. Edelman urges individuals to speak in support of the ACA and fight back attempts to “weaken it.”
  • CDF Published Article on FY2013 House Budget Resolution Proposal

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    The Children’s Defense Fund published an article on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s FY 2013 House Budget Resolution proposal. According to the article, about half of the cuts in the proposed budget ($2.5 trillion) are from health care programs, which include developing Medicaid as a block grant, repealing the ACA, and creating a voucher system for Medicare. CDF urges individuals take action to contact state senators and representatives and request that children are made a top priority in the budget discussions.
  • CDF Announced First National Conference in Cincinnati

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    The Children’s Defense Fund  (CDF) announced that it will hold it’s first national conference since 2003 on July 22-25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference will provide cutting edge plenary sessions and various workshops focusing on latest research and best practices, community building models, and community and youth empowerment strategies to assist in identifying effective efforts and steps in implementing new programs for children and the poor in 2012. The event will gather 3,000 leading researchers, educators, policymakers, practitioners, faith leaders, and advocates including 1,000 young adult leaders. Registration is open now  and early rates are available through April 20th.

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