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2018 Children’s Budget Summit Highlights: It’s Time to Stop Shortchanging Our Children

Last week, First Focus hosted the 2018 Children’s Budget Summit to introduce the 11th annual release of its signature publication, Children’s Budget 2018, which captures recent spending trends across nearly 200 federal programs benefitting...

4 Takeaways From Trump’s Plan To Rescind CHIP Funding

President Donald Trump wants to employ a rarely used budget maneuver called “rescission” to eliminate $15 billion in federal spending, including $7 billion from the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Administration officials insist the...
Seen and Heard

Children Must Be Seen and Heard

Children have a right to be protected from harm. This includes the right to be protected from being physically abused, sexually abused, neglected, or killed. And yet, as a nation, we are failing to do...

The Children’s #NeverAgain Movement

Children across this country are letting adults know — with great passion, courage, savvy, and strength — that we are failing them. Their voices are raw and yet astute, unpolished and yet articulate, strong and yet innocent. The students...

Kids Will Pay the Price for USDA’s Push for “Flexibility” in Food Assistance Programs

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has recently amped up its push for “flexibility” in two food assistance programs that provide food insecure children with access to consistent,...

Calling All States – Take Action and #ExtendCHIP

How much more information – or urgency – do we need regarding CHIP and its critical importance to 9 million low-income children across our country? Many states are sounding the alarm. We’re now going on...
Kids and Politics

Kids and Politics in the Year of Disruption

Can self-interest align with group interests to create a better world for kids? This was one of the larger questions that guided a recent discussion, Kids and Politics in the Year of Disruption, held...
Children Need Us

Children Need Us Now, More Than Ever

In focus groups in Des Moines, Iowa, and Las Vegas, Nevada, a few years ago, voters were asked what their top issues were, but only one in each group of 20 mentioned an issue...
Children's Issues 2016

Seen but Not Heard: Children in the 2016 Election

At a Trump rally in January, a girls’ musical trio, The U.S.A. Freedom Kids, gyrated on stage and denounced “enemies of freedom.” The youngest member was 8 years old. At a rally in New Mexico,...
Race Gap

“Race Gap” Hurts American Children According to Children’s Budget Review

When it comes to government spending on children, race matters. In a 2016 review of the federal children’s budget, a growing racial divide was named as one of the largest issues facing American kids. Demographer...

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