The Children’s Defense Fund-New York office seeks to educate the public about threats facing children in the state and solutions that improve the odds for children to reach their full potential. The CDF-NY office champions the Raise the Age-New York, Child Health Now! and Affordable Care Act Outreach campaigns to educate and mobilize child advocates in New York by providing key information and tools to create meaningful change in their communities, online and at the national level. Learn more about CDF-NY campaigns and how you can make a difference.

Raise the Age

Raise the Age-New York is a campaign designed to increase public awareness around New York’s pressing need to implement a comprehensive approach to raise the age of criminal responsibility so the legal process responds to all children as children, and services and placement options better meet the rehabilitative needs of all children and youth. The Raise the Age-New York campaign is comprised of national and local advocates, youth, parents, law enforcement and legal representation groups, faith leaders and unions, dedicated to building awareness of the need for improvements within New York's juvenile justice system.

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Child Health Now!

The Child Health Now! campaign began in the CDF-NY office in 1998. As part of this work, CDF-NY spearheaded a statewide coalition of more than 250 organizations. Initially, the work of the coalition focused on eliminating the uninsured rate for children in New York. In 2007, New York State’s expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) created a means of coverage for all children and youth statewide, allowing New York to offer “universal coverage” for this population. Thereafter, the coalition expanded its mission to focus on reforming the health insurance marketplace, allowing a means for families to acquire affordable coverage. This work involved partnerships with other state and national stakeholders to advocate for a change to the marketplace — making health insurance more affordable for families. In 2010, passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) proved this effort successful. 

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Affordable Care Act Outreach

President Obama signed The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 23, 2010. Referred to as health care reform or Obamacare, this law makes a number of changes to health insurance and health care in the United States. More than 2 million New Yorkers have enrolled in coverage. Nearly 90 percent of enrollees were uninsured at the time they applied for coverage. Many of these consumers enrolled in Medicaid because of increased eligibility and simplified enrollment, and many others now have access to affordable private coverage through subsidies now available on the state health insurance exchange, known as New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace (The Marketplace). CDF-NY works to build awareness of coverage options for families with children.

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Protect Children Not Guns

One child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes. Gun violence saturates our children’s lives. More children and teens die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre. The number of children under five killed by guns in 2012 was higher than the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that same year. We can do better. Join us in our campaign to stand up, speak out, and organize with urgency and persistence until all legislators at the national, state and local levels protect children instead of guns. Every child’s life is sacred, and it is long past time that we pass common-sense gun safety regulations to give all children in America a safe start in life.

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Cradle to Prison Pipeline

The Children’s Defense Fund’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline® campaign, represents an urgent call to action to stop the funneling of tens of thousands of youth—predominantly minorities—down life paths that often lead to arrest, conviction, incarceration and diminished futures. The prison pipeline is fueled by pervasive poverty, racial disparities, inadequate access to health and mental health care, gaps in early childhood development, disparate educational opportunities, chronic abuse and neglect, and overburdened and ineffective child serving systems. CDF is working with partners across the country to engage communities, policy makers, legislators, communities of faith and other stakeholders to work together to dismantle the cradle to prison pipelines in their community — and to build the pipelines to success. CDF-New York works to dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline through the Raise the Age-New York campaign.

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Be Careful What You Cut

Cutting children from the budget now will cost us later. This campaign is about bringing the real dangers of cutting child investments into sharp focus to build the public will and make the economic case to protect children from budget cuts. It’s a simple calculation, really. Protect now or pay later.

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Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC)

The Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC) was launched in 1990 to combat one of the worst crises the Black child and family has faced since slavery and confront the deepening crisis faced by Black children. A toxic cocktail of poverty, illiteracy, racial disparity, violence and massive incarceration is sentencing millions of children of color to dead end, powerless and hopeless lives and threatens to undermine the past half century of racial and social progress. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, BCCC’s successes include the CDF Freedom Schools® program; the Harlem Children’s Zone; youth leadership development programs which have trained 20,000 young leaders; economic empowerment work in 77 “Black Belt” southern counties; and the placed-based policy work of PolicyLink.

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