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The Children’s Defense Fund is fighting to make
sure every child in America has what they need to thrive.

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50 Years of Children’s Defense Fund

Children’s Defense Fund celebrates five decades of advocacy and impact on behalf of our nation’s children and youth with two-day Child Well-being in America: A National Policy Forum at the historic Howard University, A Celebration of Joy at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the inaugural Marian Wright Edelman Day of Service at locations across Washington, D.C. Enjoy this recap as CDF enters its next 50 years.

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2024 NBA HBCU Fellowship Program

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) was chosen by the NBA Foundation to manage the NBA HBCU Fellowship Program in a three-year partnership that was launched in January 2023. Apply for the 2024 NBA HBCU Fellowship Program cohort today!

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CDF Freedom Schools® Banned Books We Love

Quality book are being banned across the country in schools and libraries. We encourage you to enjoy these beloved CDF Freedom Schools books the young people in your life.

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Centering Racial Equity in New York Policymaking: The New York City Racial Justice Ballot Proposals

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The fight for children happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Make a monthly gift today to ensure the needs of children remain front and center. With your support, we will continue fighting nonstop to make sure our children’s voices are heard in the halls of power.

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“One ultimate goal [of CDF Freedom Schools] is for kids to actually be excited about learning and see themselves in what they learn and see the power and potential that reading has in their lives.”

—Dr. Lakia M. Scott, Executive Director, Indian Spring Middle School, CDF Freedom Schools site, Waco, TX

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