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CDF New York

The Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life, and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities.

In 1992, the Children's Defense Fund established an office in New York City, a city where 30% of children live in poverty and children account for 43% of the homeless population. CDF – New York’s unique approach to improving conditions for children combines research, public education, policy development, community organizing and advocacy activities, making us an innovative leader for New York’s children. We serve as a resource and partner for children, families and organizations throughout New York State and are recognized as an authority in the endeavor to protect children and strengthen families.

New York City
15 Maiden Lane, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10038
Tel: (212) 697-2323
Fax: (212) 697-0566