First Focus Campaign for Children welcomes the recognition of Children’s Week 2023 by the U.S. House of Representatives and the efforts of lawmakers throughout the week to put children and their needs at the heart of the national conversation.

First Focus on Children and its sister organization First Focus Campaign for Children launched the first Children’s Week in 2018, mobilizing lawmakers, advocates and members of the public to spend the week before Father’s Day putting the very specific needs and challenges of children at the top of the national agenda. In the five years since, a growing number of lawmakers and thought leaders have participated in the annual celebration and have pushed to formally recognize a national Children’s Week.

Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) submitted a resolution today acknowledging Children’s Week 2023 and supporting the celebration of an annual Children’s Week in the United States during the second week of June with events, ceremonies, and programs to increase awareness and attention to the importance of children’s well-being and the issues they face. The resolution also called on the President to issue a proclamation establishing an annual Children’s Week and urging public and private organizations, businesses, and individuals to cooperate on initiatives that help secure our children’s future.

“We are grateful to the House of Representatives for its recognition of Children’s Week, when lawmakers and the American public prioritize the needs of our nation’s children,” First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley said. “Throughout this week, Champions and Defenders of Children have promoted the health and well-being of our kids with legislation and events addressing the challenges they face. We are grateful for the support of these lawmakers and especially to Rep. Sara Jacobs for this resolution. We will continue working to make every week Children’s Week.”