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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  • KidsWell Partners Respond to President’s Budget

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    CDF, MomsRising, NCLR, YI: Children’s Defense Fund issued a press release about President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal. The press release discusses a number of proposed expanded investments that would benefit children and families, including four additional years of funding for CHIP. Other KidsWell partners also weighed in on the President’s budget: MomsRising blogged about the budget, Young Invincibles published a fact sheet, and National Council of La Raza issued a press release.


  • KidsWell Grantees Release Issue Brief on Pediatric Network Adequacy

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    KidsWell PartnersFirst Focus, Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) joined other national organizations to release an issue brief on ensuring adequate provider networks for children.  The brief, written by Children Now’s Michael Odeh, highlights the need for and development of robust pediatric provider networks.
  • 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.

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