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Children’s Defense Fund Responds to President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework

“President Biden’s framework brings us one step closer to a historic, essential, and long-overdue investment in our country’s children and families. We’re poised to boost families’ economic stability and reduce racial inequities in income, housing, education, and health care that harm Black and brown children every day. We appreciate the countless child advocates, parents, friends in the White House, and champions in Congress who have fought for decades to bring us to this point."

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The Children’s Defense Fund-New York (CDF-NY) appoints Kercena A. Dozier as Executive Director

“Children’s Defense Fund‘s New York office has helped to set the progressive standard for advancing child well-being within our national organization and the broader children’s movement,” said Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, President & CEO, Children’s Defense Fund. “We are excited that its future will be guided by a leader as strong, committed and prepared as Kercena Dozier. I look forward to working with her and our extraordinary team members on the ground to make sure all children and youth in the Empire State thrive.”

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Children’s Defense Fund Deepens Commitment to Building Power for Children and Youth

Washington, D.C. -- The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is deepening its efforts to organize and mobilize communities throughout the U.S. to build power for children and families with new initiatives focused on students and faith communities. The programs are made possible by new multi-year funding commitments, including a $5 million anonymous gift and a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

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More Than 700 State and Local Organizations Call on Elected Officials to Make Expanded Child Tax Credit Permanent

August 4, 2021; Washington, DC—Today, over 700 community-serving organizations called on Congress and the Biden administration to make the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) a permanent investment and ensure it is available to all families who need it. The Automatic Benefit for Children (ABC) Coalition, co-chaired by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), led this effort which comes at an urgent moment as the expanded CTC’s future past 2021 is uncertain. Congress must act now, or the expanded credit will expire after this year. 

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