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First Focus is a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. First Focus leads a comprehensive advocacy strategy, with its hands-on experience with federal policy making and a commitment to seeking policy solutions. First Focus is an organizational member of Child’s World America.

The President’s Budget Speaks Louder Than His Words on School Safety

Last week’s devastating mass shooting at a Florida high school has led to renewed calls on Congress to act to end the scourge of gun violence in America. Various lawmakers, including the President, have pledged...

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Leaves Children Behind

The release of the administration’s infrastructure plan and the FY19 President’s Budget shines a light on Trump’s legislative priorities (Spoiler: minimal good news for children). The White House plans to allocate $1.5 trillion for repairing...

It Hasn’t Been Enough. But it Could Be.

Enough with the same responses we get every single time there is a shooting and our children die. On December 14, 2012, 22 beautiful first-grade children were slaughtered in Newtown, CT, at Sandy Hook Elementary...
DACA and DREAMERS

The State of Play for DACA and Dreamers

On Friday morning, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act which included important gains for children and families such as: An additional four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), to bring it up...
Paid Family Leave

Building On a Foundation: How Paid Family Leave Would Help Children Nationwide

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), landmark legislation which guarantees up to 12 weeks of unpaid family and medical leave to employees without the...
Why is Medicaid So Critical

Why is Medicaid So Critical? Let’s Get Personal.

Beginning in 2017, there has been an unprecedented assault on Medicaid, the health care program for the most vulnerable Americans, including low-income children and families, children and adults with disabilities, pregnant women, children in...

Work Requirements for Medicaid: Bad for Kids

Tying “work requirements” to Medicaid eligibility, a dramatic and ideological departure from Medicaid policy, has now been requested by 11 states (AZ, AR, IN, KS, KY, ME, MS, NH, NC, UT, , and WI),...

Congress Must Now End the “CHIP Cliff”

Congressional passage of the latest Continuing Resolution (CR) includes a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is a huge and welcome relief for the nine million children and families that...

Relief for Families: After More Than 110 Days, Congress Extends CHIP

Yesterday, January 22, 2018, Congress passed and President Trump signed an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) that is set to last six years. This brings relief to millions of families across...
Continuing Resolutions Leave Kids

Continuing Resolutions Leave Kids Hanging in the Balance

This week, Congress faces yet another deadline to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). Of course, the start of FY18 is long behind us—107 days, to be specific. Unable to compromise on...

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