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

Cara Baldari is the Senior Policy Director for Poverty & Family Economics, Housing & Homelessness at the First Focus Campaign for Children. She is responsible for leading cross-cutting initiatives to reduce child poverty in the U.S., with an emphasis on reducing racial disparities and increasing federal investment for income supports that are proven to support healthy child development and educational attainment. In this role, she leads the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, of which First Focus is a founding member.

Her work is also centered on developing policies to address child, family and youth homelessness in the U.S. that take a two-generation approach to meet the unique, developmental needs of homeless children and unaccompanied youth and coordinate homeless assistance with education, early childhood, child welfare and other systems serving these children and youth.

In her six years at First Focus, she has worked on 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. 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 experience includes providing direct legal representation 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 JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Resources by Cara Baldari


New Groundbreaking Report Confirms High Prevalence of Youth Homelessness in the US

| November 15, 2017 |

Advocates working to end youth homelessness have known for a long time that there are many more youth experiencing homelessness on their own than


New Proposal to Expand Child Tax Credit Would Slash Child Poverty Rate

| October 27, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–The First Focus Campaign for Children applauds the introduction of the American Family Act of 2017, which would expand the Child Tax Credit to more effectively


Letter to Congress: New Child Poverty Data

| September 12, 2017 |

On September 12, 2017 the U.S. Child Poverty Coalition, of which the First Focus Campaign for Children is a member, submitted a letter to


The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act is the Wrong Direction to Reduce Child Poverty

| August 11, 2017 |

The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act, introduced in June by House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan,


Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017

| July 25, 2017 |

Child poverty in the U.S. remains high, with nearly 1 in 5 children living below the poverty line in 2015. Children continue to disproportionately experience


Policy Recommendations for Children and Families Facing Eviction

| July 18, 2017 |

Each year, millions of American families are evicted from their homes. Families with children are evicted at much higher rates, and children who experience


Letter of Support for School Food Modernization Act

| June 21, 2017 |

On June 21, the First Focus Campaign for Children–along with several other organizations–submitted this letter to Senators Susan Collins and Heidi Heitkamp, and Representatives


Letter of Support for Raise the Wage Act

| June 8, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter of support today to the lead Congressional sponsors of the Raise the Wage Act (S.1242 /


First Focus Campaign for Children Sends Letter Supporting Anti-Lunch Shaming Act

| May 15, 2017 |

On May 15, 2017, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the lead Congressional sponsors of S. 1064/H.R. 2401, the Anti-Lunch Shaming


Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017 Statement–California Assembly

| April 25, 2017 |

  The First Focus Campaign for Children submitted this statement for the California State Assembly Human Services Committee hearing on “Measure AB 1520, Lifting Children