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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


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


November 30, 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

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

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

Raise the Age Toolkit

Public Protection Hearing Testimony

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

Mental Hygiene Hearing Testimony

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

Health Medicaid Hearing Testimony

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.

40 Years of Vigilance and Coalition-final

Since 1973, the Children’s Defense Fund has convened and participated in many coalitions and worked with numerous organizations, policymakers and community networks to help build bipartisan support in enacting laws and policies that have helped millions of children escape poverty and receive needed health care, nutrition, Head Start and Early Head Start, child care, education, special education, family support services, adoption assistance, protections for children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and protection from gun violence.


Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Regarding Enhanced Supervision Housing

December 19, 2014

Board of Correction ESHU Dec 2014

December 19, 2014

Recently arrived immigrant children and families—NYC’s response

November 14, 2014

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Building Resiliency

November 14, 2014

Child Health Now! Meeting Agenda

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

Campaign for Effective Behavioral Health Supports for Students

July 18, 2014

NYC Budget & CHIP by Andrew Leonard

July 18, 2014

Making the Wrong Call

July 18, 2014

Know Your Rights Sp-Eng

July 18, 2014

Key Points-Lunch 4 Learning

July 18, 2014

ACA Implementation by Rebecca Jackson

July 18, 2014

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

July 18, 2014

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

July 10, 2014

JJC LGBTQ Work Group Girls in JJ

June 17, 2014

Violence at Rikers Testimony June 2014

June 12, 2014

Briefing on Solitary Confinement of Juveniles

Testimony of the Juvenile Justice Coalition - LGBTQ Work Group

CDF-NY Testimony at September 2014 Immigration Committee Hearing on Unaccompanied Minors

1 Testimony of the Chil dren’s Defense Fund – New York “Crisis of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: What is New York City Doing?” Before the Committee s on Immigration , and Courts and Legal Services

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