Cara Baldari Senior Policy Director, Legal Counsel, Poverty & Family Economics, Housing and Homelessness

Cara Baldari is the Senior Policy Director for Family Economics and Legal Counsel at First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy center dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. In this role, she aims to increase federal investment in economic supports that can make a dramatic difference in low-income family budgets and lift children and families out of poverty.

In her time at First Focus Campaign for Children, she has worked a number of issues affecting children living in poverty, including child and family homelessness, child welfare policy, childhood asthma, child nutrition, and children’s health policy. Her role also included assisting in the project management of the State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center (SPARC), a national resource center aimed at improving outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system, and the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC), a national, multi-sector effort to improve policymaking around childhood asthma.

In addition, she co-authored America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S., which was co-released with Save the Children and provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety.

Before coming to First Focus, her previous experiences focused on the areas of affordable housing and homelessness, which included her work advising and representing low-income clients in landlord tenant disputes in Pittsburgh, PA. Through this work, she witnessed firsthand the policy changes that are needed to prevent homelessness and better assist low-income families.


Cara received a BA in History and Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Resources by Cara Baldari

Fact Sheet: Using Federal Funding to Effectively Meet Local Needs for Homeless Youth

| March 14, 2017 |

The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017 gives communities the flexibility to use federal funding effectively and appropriately to meet local needs, and

Fact Sheet: The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017

| March 14, 2017 |

Homelessness jeopardizes the health and well-being of record numbers of children and youth, putting future generations at risk of adult homelessness. Communities need to

The Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2017

| February 22, 2017 |

Nearly half of infants and toddlers in the U.S. are living in low-income families. This means that over 5 million young children are living in

Letter to Congress: Thank You for Supporting the Hygiene Assistance Act of 2017

| February 22, 2017 |

On February 22, First Focus Campaign for Children and the National Diaper Bank Network submitted a letter to U.S. Representative Keith Ellison and U.S.

Letter: Thank You for Reintroducing the FAMILY Act

| February 21, 2017 |

First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley sent a letter to Representative Rosa DeLauro and Kirsten Gillibrand thanking them for reintroducing the Family and

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY) of 2017

| February 14, 2017 |

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act), sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), will provide family

Fact Sheet: Current federal legislation on child lead poisoning in the U.S.

| May 4, 2016 |

Several proposals before Congress have been introduced recently to address the nation’s widespread child lead poisoning epidemic following the tragic public health disaster in

Child and Youth Homelessness: A Problem of Epic Proportions

| December 9, 2015 |

The dynamic of homelessness has changed in this country. According to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 30 years ago the face of homelessness comprised mostly of single adults. However, due to the recent economic downtown, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of homeless children and youth.

This fact sheet examines how many children are affected by homelessness, causes of child and youth homelessness, its effects, and policy recommendations.

Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2015

| November 4, 2015 |

Child poverty in the U.S. remains high, with 15.5 million (21.1 percent of children) living below the poverty line in 2014. Children continue to disproportionately

Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2015

| October 30, 2015 |

Child poverty in the United States remains high, with 15.5 million (21.1 percent of children) living below the poverty line in 2014. Though the