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Viewpoints and analysis from the CDF Policy team on issues impacting children. CDF’s policy advocacy focuses on the whole child because children don’t come in pieces. We seek to end child poverty and give every child a healthy start, a quality early childhood experience, a level education playing field, safe families and communities free from violence—with special attention to children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Children’s Defense Fund calls on Senate to introduce fully inclusive Child Tax Credit Legislation

The Next Continuing Resolution Must Prioritize Children and their Families

Nearly 45 days ago, Members of Congress waited until the last minute to temporarily fund the government fund the government fund the government fund the government and prevent a shutdown. Now we are facing a similar predicament as the extension clock runs out this Friday, meaning Congress has only three days to either create another Continuing Resolution (CR) or actually pass a budget to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown right before the holidays.

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Invest in What’s Right

Earlier this year, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange published a story with an encouraging headline: “Juvenile prison populations reach all-time lows”. At a time when our nation seems to be taking many steps backward, this headline initially gave me a thrill of hope that progress is still possible. However, that headline only tells us part of the story.

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Alarming Surge in Child Poverty Rates in 2022: Urgent Calls for Action

Last week, the Census Bureau released the U.S. poverty data for 2022 using two different measures: the Official Poverty Measure (OPM) and the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). Children’s Defense Fund is disheartened to learn that the SPM child poverty rate has more than doubled from 5.1% in 2021 to 12.4% in 2022—that is more than 5 million more children living in poverty as a direct result of policy choices.

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