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Agency’s Homelessness Data Misleading, Advocates Say

October 30, 2014

Contacts: Ed Walz, First Focus Campaign for Children, 202-657-0685
Barbara Duffield, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, 202-549-7668
Sarah Knutsen, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, 202-638-2535
Darla Bardine, National Network For Youth, 202-783-7949
Ruth White, National Center for Housing & Child Welfare, 301-699-0151

Champions for Children Announced for 2014

September 30, 2014

Washington — Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy group, recognized 100 Members of Congress for leadership on issues important to children during the 113th Congress (2013-2014).

“Lots of politicians talk about kids’ issues, but few back it up,” said Bruce Lesley, president of the Campaign for Children. “Champions and Defenders delivered for kids.”

250+ Advocates to Congress: Help Homeless Kids

September 18, 2014

Washington – More than 250 advocates for children and the homeless today sent a letter to Capitol Hill, endorsing bipartisan legislation to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles that deny federal assistance to nearly one million homeless children. The letter, sent to the congressional sponsors of the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HR 5186 in the United States House of Representatives and S 2653 in the U.S.

In the News

Op-ed: Hatch deserves praise for long history of helping children

October 17, 2014
By Bruce Lesley and Karen Crompton
The Salt Lake Tribune

Davis honored for pro- children legislation

October 2, 2014
San Diego Jewish World

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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.

Top of Our List

First Focus Campaign for Children’s Top 20 Resources: Fighting for Children in 2013

January 6, 2014
By Bruce Lesley

Looking back over our work in 2013, First Focus Campaign for Children created a number of resources for child advocates, policymakers, the media, and the public highlighting both the challenges and opportunities that confronted children throughout the year.

The following is a list of our top downloaded 2013 resources relating in children’s policy at the federal level:

Strong Start for America's Children Act

November 14, 2013
By Olivia Civardi

Important legislation to increase children’s access to high-quality early education was introduced in Congress yesterday.

House Threatens Nutrition Cuts Again

September 19, 2013
By Meghan Mack

Earlier this week, The United States of House of Representatives introduced a standalone nutrition bill to reauthorize programs that are a part of legislation that is commonly referred to as the Farm Bill. This legislation, The Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 (H.R. 3102), impacts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Supplemental Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed), and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).