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The Act to Leave No Child Behind is a comprehensive children's bill, introduced in the 107th congress, that lays out a vision of how we can and must care for our children in the 21st Century. The act puts all of the pieces together because it is pointless to provide food for a child but not give him a decent home, and it is useless to give a child a good education if she has no health insurance and is sick and misses school. We know what children and families need and we know what works. The Act to Leave No Child Behind gives the President, the Congress, and all Americans the opportunity to show that children ARE our national priority, not just a campaign promise.
Your gifts to the Children's Defense Fund - New York help to Leave No Child Behind® and 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. Click here for more information on how to make a contribution.
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The National Observance of Children's Sabbaths unites tens of thousands of religious congregations of many faiths in speaking out and acting faithfully for justice for children and families. More Info...
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry provides five days of spiritual renewal, continuing education, inter-generational movement-building workshops, and networking as Christians from across the denominational spectrum explore how their Christian faith calls them into ministries of child advocacy and guides, shapes, and sustains them in their work with and for children. More Info...
Freedom Schools, established as part of the voter registration and community mobilization effort during the legendary Freedom Summer of 1964, aim to provide summer options for children where there are none and to strengthen parent and community involvement in the year-round achievement of Black children. To view the official CDF Freedom Schools program website,click here. Child Watch Visitation Program
Organized by volunteers and advocates in local coalitions across the country, the Child Watch Visitation Program is designed to allow community leaders the opportunity to see first hand the challenges children face in their local communities, in order to move them to action to implement solutions. If you are interested in organizing a Child Watch Program in your community, please contact us.
Policy in action is a distinguishing CDF characteristic. Through nationwide initiatives and community-based programs, we plant the seeds to develop the next generation of servant-leaders who will continue to reweave the fabric of community for children and youth. Our vision is to create a successor generation of servant-leaders who will drive community and national transformations and inspire and make long-term improvements for children. More Info...