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Don’t Rush Kids Back to Danger, Advocates Urge

July 31, 2014

Washington – The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on legislation (H.R. 5230) rolling back protections against child trafficking, shortcutting procedural protections intended to ensure that child refugees have an opportunity to assert claims for protection, expanding and extending the detention of children in facilities that cannot ensure their health, safety, and development, and denying them legal representation.

Advocates Support House Children’s Health Insurance Program Bill

July 31, 2014

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, reacted to today’s introduction by Congressman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to extend funding for the bipartisan federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The bill would extend federal CHIP funding for four years. Unless Congress acts first, CHIP funding will end on October 1, 2015.

Homeless Children Could Get Help Under Bipartisan Bill

July 24, 2014

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2014
Contacts:
Ed Walz, First Focus Campaign for Children, 202-657-0685
Darla Bardine, National Network for Youth, 202-783-7949
Barbara Duffield, NAEHCY, 202-364-7392
Ruth White, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, 202-270-7336
Diane Milan, Covenant House, 212-613-0300

Washington – Advocates for children today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles that deny federal assistance to nearly one million homeless children.

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Children Are Watching

April 11, 2014

Children Are WatchingCapitol Hill was blanketed this Spring with ads urging Congress to protect Medicare HMOs. Our web ad uses humor to remind Congress that children's health faces real threats too. It ran on The Hill's Healthwatch blog in mid-April 2014.

Champions for Children 2013

December 11, 2013

Champions for Children 2013The First Focus Campaign for Children recognized the 2013 Champions for Children and Defenders of Children on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 in The Hill newspaper.

Little DREAMers Have Big Dreams

June 5, 2013

Little DREAMers Have Big DreamsThis ad appeared in the special children's issues insert of The Hill's June 5, 2013, edition. On the eve of Senate floor consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, it urges support for an amendment to give all children access to a five-year citizenship path.

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Nonprofit Campaign Planning Made Even Easier

August 18, 2014
By Ed Walz

Eight years ago, I led a research effort at Spitfire Strategies that informed the development of the Just Enough Planning Guide. That tool – built by Spitfire with funding from the Moore Foundation – offered an accessible and effective resource for nonprofit campaign planners.

Homeless Children and Youth Act to Close Gaps in HUD Services

July 25, 2014
By Elliott Gluck

According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 1.1 million children are currently experiencing homelessness across the country. These children come from a diverse range of communities, but all face difficulties including hunger, health problems, and the risk of exploitation and violence.

CORE Excellence Act Delivers Accountability Kids Need

July 10, 2014
By Kevin Lindsey

In recent years, federal accountability for education has focused solely on outcomes while remaining silent on the inputs necessary to bring about those outcomes. In other words, students, teachers, and schools are being punished when they do not meet certain federal standards for achievement on standardized tests. Those punishments include holding children back, not allowing students to graduate, mass teacher lay-offs, and closing schools.