CDF-NY Publication Archives

Amicus Brief In Support of Children in Arizona’s Broken Child Welfare System: B.K. v. McKay

Children’s Defense Fund-NY joined the nation’s leading child advocates in a friend of the court brief, filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of over 18,000 children in Arizona foster care. The lawsuit seeks state-wide reforms to improve investigations of child maltreatment, to increase the number and array of foster placements available for children removed from their families, to decrease the use of emergency shelters and group homes, and to address long-standing failures in the state’s physical and behavioral health services for foster youth.

July 6, 2018

2018 House Farm Bill Calls for Stricter Work Requirements to Maintain SNAP Eligibility: What does this mean for New York State’s Children and Families?

The 2014 Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30, 2018. The House’s proposed 2018 Farm Bill was rejected by Congress on May 18, 2018, but is up for reconsideration by June 22, 2018. Among various provisions, the House’s Farm Bill calls for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to uphold monthly eligibility standards as part of its tightened work requirements. The stricter and more demanding requirements are predicted to have devastating results on SNAP – which serves as one of the nation’s most effective and popular anti-hunger programs to date.

June 20, 2018

The Senate 2018 Farm Bill Aims to Improve SNAP Benefits

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow released the Senate Farm Bill on June 8, 2018. The Bill includes a bipartisan nutrition title that aims to protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), an anti-hunger program that was reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. Unlike the House’s proposed Farm Bill that is up for reconsideration by June 22, 2018, the Senate recognizes SNAP’s success – after all, one in four United States children participate in SNAP.

June 20, 2018

Testimony for the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety Oversight Hearing on NYPD’s Gang Takedown Efforts

Our testimony intends to highlight the ways that intersections between current gang policing, school policing, and school discipline threatens to push more young people of color out of City schools and into the justice system.

June 13, 2018

NYC Needs More School Social Workers for Homeless Students

Amy Pantoja, Beat the Odds Scholar, talks about the importance of getting more social workers focused on education for homeless students in New York City

June 6, 2018

Unaccompanied Migrant Youth Service Needs and Gaps in the New York Metropolitan Area

Unaccompanied migrant youth are one of the most defenseless populations in the New York Metropolitan Area. Despite New York’s vibrant history of immigrants and its leadership to make progress in addressing the needs of these populations, many challenges still exist. Migrant youth flee their home countries due to dangerous situations such as violence, domestic abuse, and exploitation. Youth seek safety in the United States; however, they often face many hardships once they enter the U.S. and try to adapt to life in the country. Although many changes to immigration policy have occurred since the initial research for this report, the key findings and recommendations remain crucial to providing assistance to this highly vulnerable population.

April 13, 2018

CDF-NY Urges the City to Address Increased Reliance on Suspensions and

A new report released by the Department of Education as part of the Student Safety Act shows that, after years of movement, progress to end school pushout in New York City has stalled. Data from July to December 2017, when compared to the same time period in 2016, indicates an increase of 20.9% in total suspensions – rising from 12,000 to 14,502.

April 2, 2018

The Executive Budget Disproportionately Targets Low-Income Children: Legislators Need to Protect Them

A partnership between the Children's Defense Fund- NY, the Schuyler Center, the Citizens’ Committee for Children, The Children’s Agenda, and Westchester Children’s Association to alert policymakers to the Executive Budget’s cumulative impacts on New York State’s children.

February 28, 2018


Como organizaciones de fe entendemos el valor y significado histórico de proveer santuario en nuestra congregación a los pobres y desamparados. Este es un concepto antiguo que trasciende fronteras y religiones juntando comunidades para celebrar y proteger la santidad de vida. Nuestros valores de amor y compasión para nuestros vecinos, sean quien sea, es lo que fortalece nuestro compromiso social de paz, justicia, y prosperidad.

February 14, 2018


CDF-NEW YORK’S BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES aim to optimize prior investments in New York’s children and take bold new steps toward ensuring a fair and successful passage to adulthood.

February 14, 2018

Achieving Lifelong Payoffs for Displaced Children through Investments in School Health Services

Some of the most at-risk children in NYC are children who have been displaced from their homes or families due to homelessness or resettlement as unaccompanied immigrant children. While homeless and unaccompanied immigrant children have been displaced from their homes or families for different reasons, both groups of children often have remarkably similar experiences and needs. For example, studies have consistently found that homeless and immigrant children have greater health needs and poorer health outcomes than their peers. Addressing the health needs of displaced children will improve their health outcomes and likelihood of success in school and life. A review of current research and NYC school administrator survey responses collected by the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDFNY) identified gaps in key services that benefit displaced children.

February 5, 2018

Terminating Temporary Protected Status: What Does it Mean for Children and Families?

Over the last year, the Trump administration has focused on limiting immigrants and the migration of people to the U.S. This has led to increased attention on immigration policies such as Temporary Protected Status. The future of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) designation for Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua is now at stake, as these countries will phase out of their status within the next two years.

December 20, 2017

Tax and Budget Proposals Will Make Paying for College More Difficult for Students

Congress has taken enormous steps towards ensuring that college is less affordable and more out of reach for students across the country. As Congress showers corporations and the very wealthy with huge tax cuts, they pay for these tax cuts with provisions that take money from students and families and cause great harm.

December 11, 2017

Proposed Congressional Tax and Budget Cuts Threaten SNAP for Children and Families

The congressional tax cuts proposed to disproportionately help corporations and the wealthiest would inevitably have to be paid for through budget cuts to important programs – like SNAP – for children and the most vulnerable. The impact is significant for poor families in New York who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

November 28, 2017

Resources for Faith Based Organizations Interested in Immigration

Our shared faith-driven values of love and compassion for our neighbors, whomever they may be, is what strengthens our commitment to social peace, justice, and prosperity. If you are interested, here are some ways in which you can help out:

November 1, 2017

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

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

Brief on House Budget

September 5, 2017

Keeping Immigrant Children and Families Safe in New York Courthouses

September 5, 2017

Future of DACA

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

School Health Briefs 2016

New York City educates 1.1 million students across approximately 1,800 schools in the five boroughs. These students experience a vast array of health care needs.

September 26, 2016

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

CDF-NY Submits Testimony on Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs, encouraging the DOE and Council to support CTE schools in creating positive climates for learning that do not set students on a path of disengagement from school.

September 21, 2016

Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning

August 8, 2016

Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline Releases Second and Final Phase of Recommendations

July 18, 2016

Children and Payment and Delivery System Reform in New York State

This policy brief provides an examination of New York’s recent efforts to transform the state’s expensive, inefficient, and ineffective health care system into one that achieves the triple aim of health care reform – increased quality of care, improved population health, and decrease per-capita costs of care.

May 31, 2016

Course Evaluation Generic

April 28, 2016

New York State Assembly Hearing on Criminal Justice May 2015

Assembly Standing Committee on Codes Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary Assembly Standing Committee on Correction New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus

May 7, 2015

UAC Panel Presentations April 30 2015

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

April 30, 2015

CDF-NY Testimony: 4/14/15 City Council Hearing on School Safety and Discipline

Testimony of The Children’s Defense Fund – New York

April 14, 2015

City Budget Testimony 2015

March 24, 2015

CDF-NY's Testimony: 2014-15 NYC Discipline Code Hearing

Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures

March 2, 2015

CDF-NY Public Protection Hearing Testimony

FY2015 Joint Legislative Hearing on Public Protection 2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal

February 26, 2015

CDF-NY’s Testimony on FY2015 Budget Provisions Related to Human Services

FY2015 Joint Legislative Hearing on Human Services 2015 - 2016 Executive Budget Proposal

February 14, 2015

Board of Correction ESHU Dec 2014

December 19, 2014

Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Regarding Enhanced Supervision Housing

December 19, 2014

Recently arrived immigrant children and families—NYC’s response

November 14, 2014

Child Health Now! Meeting Agenda

November 14, 2014

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Building Resiliency

November 14, 2014

The New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative

November 14, 2014

Fire and Criminal Justice Services, and Juvenile Justice Testimony

October 8, 2014

Highlights in City & State Health Policy & Programming by Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra

July 18, 2014

ACA Implementation by Rebecca Jackson

July 18, 2014

Know Your Rights Sp-Eng

July 18, 2014

Key Points-Lunch 4 Learning

July 18, 2014

NYC Budget & CHIP by Andrew Leonard

July 18, 2014

Campaign for Effective Behavioral Health Supports for Students

July 18, 2014

Making the Wrong Call

July 18, 2014

Solitary Confinement Testimony NYS Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights

July 10, 2014

City Council Testimony: Young Women in New York City’s Juvenile Justice System

June 17, 2014

Violence at Rikers Testimony June 2014

June 12, 2014

ACA Toolkit Nov2013

November 1, 2013

Violence at Rikers Testimony March 2013


April 4, 2013

City Council Hearing


February 28, 2013

Close to Home Initiative Non Secure Placement Hearing Testimony

The Children’s Defense Fund 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.

May 8, 2012

Raising New York’s Age of Criminal Responsibility

December 31, 2011

When There Is No Care

The Impact on NYC Children, Families and Economy When the Mayor Eliminates Child Care for 17,000 Children

April 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Exchange

n 2014, each state will have a Health Insurance Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and employers can pur chase coverage. States have two options: (1) to create one exchange where both individuals and small businesses can purchase coverage, or (2) set up two separate exchanges, one for individuals and one for small businesses. Details about setting up the Exchange will be decided by the State and announced before 2014.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Summary

This toolkit was designed for community-based workers in New York State. While all of the information provided here applies to New York residents, some of the information applies to other states as well. This toolkit is intended to give a comprehensive overview of several important changes under health reform, focusing on how children and families will benefit from these changes.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Young Adults

Coverage for young adults up to age 26 Since September 23, 2010, young adults up to 26 years of age have been permitted to stay on or join their parents’ health insurance plans. This will continue to be an ongoing policy.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Private Insurance

Private Health Insurance Whether you have coverage through your employer, purchase health insurance on the private market, or plan to purchase health insurance through the new state Exchange, the health reform law makes sure health insurers provide coverage in the best interest of consumers.

January 1, 2011

Youth and Community Justice Tool-Kit

Policy failures in these area have long-term effects on youth and communities. However, youth and community voices are often missing at decision making tables. We firmly believe that those who are most affected by policy successes or failures are the best advocates for change in our communities. Recognizing the proverbial “full plates” that educators must balance, we compiled this Youth and Community Justice Tool-kit to offer educators easily-accessible information and interactive ways to teach it to their young people.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Resources

Health Reform January 2011 15 Maiden Lane, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10038 p (212) 697-2323 f (212) 697-0566 Resources

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Bridge Plan

Coverage for Individuals with Pre-existing Conditions New York’s Bridge Plan The New York Bridge Plan was created to provide immediate affordable health insurance coverage to uninsured peopl e with pre-existing medical conditions * . People with pre- existing conditions can now apply to be covered by the Bridge Plan until other affordable coverage is available in 2014.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Glossary

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit TOC

How to use this toolkit Summary and Overview The Exchange In 2014, every state will have a health insuranc e exchange, a marketplac e for individuals and small businesses to purc hase health insurance.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Public Insurance

Expanded Medicaid eligibility Starting in 2014, income eligibility for Medicaid will be 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) in every state. (Currently, the federal poverty level is $10,830 for an individual and $22,050 for a family of four – so Medicaid eligibility would be $14,404 for a single person and $29,327 for a family of four.)

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Fragile Children

January 1, 2011

Health Insurance Manhattan

September 1, 2010

Options for Uninsured

Health and Hospitals Corporation oversees public hospitals and clinics in New York City. HHC helps patients apply for public health insurance programs for which they may qualify. If a patient is not eligible for public insurance, HHC reduces the patient's fee to an affordable amount, based on family size and income.

September 1, 2010

Insurance for Adults

Health Coverage for Adults Medicaid offers adults comprehensive coverage for all of their health care needs. Family Health Plus is a health insurance program for low-income New Yorkers ages 19 to 64 whose incomes are too high for Medicaid and who do not have other insurance. Family Health Plus has no premiums but there are co-pays for some services.

September 1, 2010

Health Insurance Bronx

September 1, 2010

Insurance for Immigrant Children

Health insurance for immigrant children

September 1, 2010

Health Insurance Staten Island

September 1, 2010

Health Insurance Brooklyn

September 1, 2010

Insurance for Children

Health Coverage for Children Children’s Medicaid, also called Child Health Plus A, is a free, comprehensive insurance program for low- income children under the age of 19 living in New York State. There are no co-payments or premiums for Child Health Plus A.

September 1, 2010

Health Insurance Queens

September 1, 2010

Documents to Apply for Insurance

Documentation Needed to Apply for Public Health Insurance Program. S. Passport Certificate of naturalization Certificate of U.S. citizenship New York State enhanced driver’s license Legal permanent resident card (“green card”) Employment Authorization Card

September 1, 2010

DJJ Merger Testimony

Oversight Hearing on the Merger of the Administration for Children’s Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice

February 19, 2010

Chart of Eligibility

Child Health Plus A , also known as Children’s Medicaid, is a free , comprehensive health insurance program for low-income children 18 years of age or younger living in New Yo rk State. There are no co-pay ments or premiums for Child Health Plus A and it covers doctors visits, hospital and specialty care, prescription drugs, dental care and orthodontics, eyeglasses, mental health services, durable medical equipment and much more.

January 1, 2010

Facility Population


January 1, 2010

New DC Juvenile Facility

Fenty's efforts and Schiraldi's operational philosophy have now come together to produce a dramatic new 60-bed center, the District of Columbia New Beginnings Youth Development Center, in Laurel, Maryland.

May 1, 2009

Characteristics of Youth in Facilities

Youth demographics in New York State Of Children and Family Services

December 31, 2008

Keeping What They Earned: The High Cost of Tax Preparation and Refund Anticipation Loans

April 1, 2008

State of New York's Children

April 1, 2008

Health Insurance Provisions Affecting Children and Families In the Governor’s 2008-2009 Budget

February 12, 2008