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Agency’s Homelessness Data Misleading, Advocates Say

October 31, 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.

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Crediting Children and Families

December 3, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are tax credits designed to support low income working families and help them meet their children’s basic needs. At the end of 2012, these tax credits require Congressional action to continue in their current forms and face changes that could have devastating effects on the millions of children who currently receive them.

Tweeting the Debates

November 14, 2012
By Melissa Dishart, Ed Walz

Boy Holding a MegaphoneWe had a good experience this fall with a social media engagement tactic, and we thought it might be helpful to share some observations for those interested in similar efforts.

America’s Report Card 2012 Series: Conclusion

November 2, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

Five issue areas that affect the well-being of children are graded in America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.: Economic Security, Early Childhood, K-12 Education, Permanency & Stability, and Health & Safety. To conclude this blog series we need to think about what we can do to raise these grades.