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CDF Signature Reports

   
         
   
         
       
CDF Landmark Reports

The Children’s Defense Fund has published hundreds of policy reports over 40 years. Many have led to important improvements in policies and programs for children.

   
         
   
         
       
Recent Reports

The Future of DACA and DREAMers

The Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durban (D-IL) that provides a pathway towards citizenship to undocumented youth. The bill acts to protect current recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), those with Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) and undocumented youth that fall under the criteria of the Dream Act .

October 18, 2017

CHIP Social Media Messages

Help us amplify our message! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to share, like and tweet to help disseminate the most up-to-date news on CHIP!

September 19, 2017

Our Children Cannot Wait: It’s Time to Extend Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

CHIP is a federal-state partnership that provides funding for states to provide health coverage for uninsured children who are not eligible for Medicaid. In New York, CHIP funds a health insurance program called Child Health Plus. CHIP funding is set to expire on September 30, 2017.

September 15, 2017

Brief on House Budget

September 5, 2017

What does the travel ban mean for refugee children

On the last day of its current term, the Supreme Court allowed portions of the Executive Order 13780 “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” also known as the travel ban, initially issued on March 6th. Many have outlined the repercussions of such a ban and highlighted the moral consequences of condoning religious discrimination (as the majority of the countries targeted are predominately Muslim) against innocent minorities. Nonetheless, scarce attention has been given to the high stakes refugee children face with the implementation of the travel ban. Considering that 51% of the world’s refugee population are children under the age of 18, policymakers must make the protection and well-being of children a priority in their resolutions.

September 5, 2017

Future of DACA

September 5, 2017

Keeping Immigrant Children and Families Safe in New York Courthouses

September 5, 2017

New York City Department of Education Releases Revised Discipline Code, the “Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning”

With the NYC Department of Education’s newest Discipline Code, released today, the city has taken great steps to restrict the use of suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade. We commend these restrictions as well as the revisions made to the Code that introduce opportunities for early reinstatement and reduce the availability of the expulsion option. At the same time, CDF-NY calls on the DOE and the City of New York to ensure the accessibility of disciplinary alternatives. Restorative justice in particular, mentioned in the Code’s range of possible interventions, remains limited to too few schools and districts across the school system.

April 19, 2017

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Public Safety Oversight Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 Preliminary Budget

CDF-NY submits testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety on the fiscal year 2018 Preliminary Budget, speaking to the need to restore and expand funding for the Council’s Restorative Justice Initiative to $5 million in FY2018.

March 30, 2017

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Education Oversight Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 Preliminary Budget

CDF-NY submits testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education on the fiscal year 2018 Preliminary Budget, with an urgency to restore and expand funding for the council’s Restorative Justice Initiative to $5 million.

March 21, 2017

New York Medicaid CHP Data Overview AHCA- March 2017

Right now Congress is considering changes to the ACA and Medicaid. The changes would undo more than 50 years of progress made expanding comprehensive child-appropriate health coverage to millions of children. An analysis of NYSDOH data from October 2016 reveals that 54% of New York children are covered by either Medicaid or Child Health Plus (CHP).2 This means a majority of New York children have a significant stake in the policy proposals that impact Medicaid or CHP.

March 9, 2017

Raise the Age: Take Action

Three Ways to Take Action to #RaisetheAgeNY in 2017 Did you know that New York is one of only two states where all young people ages 16 and 17 are automatically treated as adults in the criminal justice system, regardless of the offense?

March 2, 2017

Raise the Age Faith One Pager

Resource Guide for Faith Leaders in New York State. Across the religious spectrum, people of faith can draw on the texts and teachings of their religious traditions to hear and respond to the holy and eternal call for love and justice that urges special care and protection for children – especially those who are most vulnerable.

March 2, 2017

Health One Pager

Congress is trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare), and cut Medicaid and other healthcare programs for kids. Currently, more than 97% of New York children have healthcare coverage because of the ACA, Medicaid, and other programs for children.

February 2, 2017

Comments for the Office of Safety and Youth Development, New York City Department of Education Re: The Draft New York City School Discipline Code

CDF-NY testifies on proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct calling on the New York City Department of Education to take additional steps to foster safe and supportive schools, further reduce the use of suspensions, and lessen disparities in the use of exclusionary discipline by race, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

January 30, 2017

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Teacher Recruitment and Retention

CDF-NY submits testimony on teacher recruitment and retention, with aims to encourage restorative supports for teachers that can result in positive school climates, higher student engagement, lower rates of absenteeism, dropout, and pushout, and increased teacher retention.

January 24, 2017

Testimony on Educational Services for Detained Placed and Incarcerated Youth.pdf

November 30, 2016

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Disconnected Youth

CDF-NY submits testimony on Disconnected Youth focusing on preventing disconnection through restorative educational strategies that counteract school pushout and promote student engagement.

November 22, 2016

CDF-NY Urges the City to Address Continuing Disparities in School Discipline and Encourage Schools to Utilize the Least Exclusionary Discipline Options

November 9, 2016

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in NYC Schools

CDF-NY testifies on Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in NYC Schools with recommendations for promoting restorative methods of addressing and preventing harm and harassment in schools.

October 19, 2016

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