Policy Priorities

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Policy Priorities

We are committed to reclaiming our country, our core values and spiritual foundation for our children and families. Too many children live in poverty and suffer from preventable illness, neglect, abuse, inadequate education and violence. These problems are solvable if we each do our part. Right now, our nation has the ability to:

  • End child poverty and ensure economic security for all vulnerable families;
  • Guarantee every child and pregnant woman comprehensive health and mental health coverage and services;
  • Protect every child from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families;
  • Provide high quality early childhood care and development programs for all children;
  • Ensure every child can read at grade level by fourth grade and guarantee quality education through high school graduation; and
  • Stop the criminalization of children at increasingly younger ages and invest in prevention and early intervention.

At CDF-New York, our unique approach to improving conditions for children combines research, public education, policy development, community organizing and advocacy activities. We advocate for policies that serve the whole child from ages zero through 24, and root out inequities impacting children’s abilities to grow and prosper. Our policy staff specialize in the areas of health, education, juvenile justice and early childhood development.