Give Every Child Hope | November 2017
Harmful Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on the Senate floor this week, is harmful,
massively expensive and morally indefensible. It’s a
giveaway to the wealthiest households and most powerful corporations at the
expense of low- and middle-income children, individuals and families. The bill harms America’s most vulnerable children in at least five
- High-income households would get the largest tax
cuts and those with incomes below $30,000 would on average face a tax increase.
By 2027, on average, every income group below $75,000 and 50 percent of current
taxpayers would face tax increases.
- Even the $1,000 increase in the Child Tax Credit
(CTC) would give at best token help to low- and middle-income working
families, while giving more to higher-income families according to The
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The Senate bill would also end the CTC
benefits for about one million children in low-income working
- Important deductions that would be repealed will
curtail opportunities for children and youth for education and help finding
- By repealing the Affordable Care Act’s
individual mandate to help pay for corporate tax breaks, the bill will leave 13
million more people uninsured in a decade according to the Congressional Budget
Office and raise premiums for millions more.
- Huge budget cuts in Medicaid, SNAP, child care, Head Start, housing, education
and Pell grants, as well as other crucial child investments would be required to reduce the
$1.5 trillion added to the deficit by the bill to pay for tax cuts for non-needy millionaires and
billionaires and corporations.
must speak up and act to stop Congress’ unjust Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We must move forward, not
backwards. Urge your Senators to vote no on the Tax Cuts
and Jobs Act.
We Are So Close on CHIP
We are now at 59 days and counting since the September
30th deadline for funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CHIP) passed, and nine million children and their parents still wait for Congress
to extend the program’s funding. Created specifically for children from working families not eligible for Medicaid, CHIP’s benefits and provider networks ensure
children have access to child-appropriate services, providers, specialists and
facilities. The historically strong bipartisan support for CHIP and a
commitment to a five-year CHIP extension continues, but the debate is about how
to pay for the extension for CHIP and other health programs. We’re so close to the finish line. It is incumbent on our congressional leaders to achieve a solution for our nation's children.
Every Child a Head Start
brains are developing rapidly in their first five years, building a
foundation for all future development and learning. High-quality child care can help support young children’s
healthy brain development, but the high cost of quality child care makes it
inaccessible for many children in low- and middle-income working
The Child Care for Working Families Act (S. 1806/H.R. 3773)
introduced in September would ease that burden for millions of
families with young children – ensuring low- and middle-income families have
access to affordable, high-quality child care while also supporting important new
investments as well in preschool and Head Start.
The Children’s Defense Fund supports this important legislation. We need
you to take action to help move this bill forward. Sign this petition today and join other child advocates telling Congress to do the right thing for children and
families by supporting the Child Care for Working Families Act.
Change the Odds for
The Children’s Defense
Fund - California 27th annual Beat the Odds® Ceremony
will be held on December 7, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills,
California. Join Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, emcee
Conan O’Brien and other special guests to honor five Los Angeles high school
youths in recognition of their academic achievement despite overwhelming
challenges. Congratulations to Jacqueline Martinez, Ja'Nay Carter, Ana-Mariana
Sotomayor Palomino, Jerry Goss and Mey Sok.
Tickets available by contacting Harvin Rogas at
310-559-9334. Please consider giving as generously as you can to help support these
youths and CDF-CA.
1995, the Beat
the Odds scholarship and servant leadership program has
supported hundreds of youths across the country. CDF holds five high-profile
awards events in California, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Texas and
Washington, D.C. not
only to celebrate the scholarship recipients, but to inspire community leaders
and citizens to help all children who are struggling to overcome adversity.
Read: Youth Homelessness in America
the United States, 3.5 million (one in ten) youths ages 18-25 and 700,000 (one
in 30) children ages 13-17 experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied
by a parent or guardian over the course of a year, according to a recently
released study Missed
Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America published by Chapin Hall
at the University of Chicago. It is the first national study of the prevalence of
youth homelessness in over 20 years and shines a light on youth
homelessness, revealing a nationwide problem that cuts across rural and urban
areas. It captures the scope of the issue broadly, harnessing data from
young people who have slept on the streets or in shelters; ran away from or
were kicked out of their homes; or couch surfed, living with friends and
family. Chapin Hall recommends building prevention efforts into
systems where youth likely to experience homelessness are in our care, such as child
welfare, juvenile justice, and education systems, as well as funding housing interventions,
services, and prevention efforts in accordance with the scale of youth
CDF State Office
Texas, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas (CDF-Texas) is working with others to
raise public awareness about the need to reauthorize the Children’s
Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Without Congressional action to extend CHIP
children in Texas stand to lose health coverage
early next year. In addition, CDF-Texas continues its efforts to assist in the
long-term recovery and support for children affected by
Hurricane Harvey, especially in the communities South and East of Houston.
In Ohio, Children’s
Defense Fund-Ohio has released a four-part series of
infographics, The Census Matters for Ohio Communities, detailing the impact of the census on Ohio’s communities and
sharing information for local governments about the Census Bureau’s Local
Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation.
California, Children’s Defense Fund-California continues
to advocate for expanding protections and opportunities for incarcerated youth.
recent Sacramento Bee op-ed CDF-California’s senior policy associate,
Dominique Nong, highlights the importance of having youth and family voices represented
in the process for revising regulations that govern California’s 124 county-run
juvenile detention facilities.
in New York, Children’s Defense Fund-New York
team has coordinated the three-day New York City visit of an international
restorative justice exchange program in November, with two visiting
organizations from Northern Ireland: Community Restorative Justice Ireland
and Northern Ireland Alternatives.
The visit included nearly a dozen site visits with CDF-NY partner
organizations, including a neighborhood-based mediation center, a community
court, a high school implementing restorative justice and a community space
for parent organizers.
2018 Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Partners!
are wrapping up the application process for the 2018 CDF Freedom Schools®
program, we wanted to recognize and welcome those already accepted, 115
partners representing 26 states and 80 cities across the country. We are
grateful to our returning partners for their continuing commitment and excited
to welcome into CDF Freedom Schools
family 21 new partnering organizations. We thank you all for your dedication to
making a difference. More
than ever, we are excited about the potential and promise of the CDF Freedom Schools movement. We look
forward to continuing this work with you on behalf of children and families.
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you wish to receive more information about our application process. Learn more about the CDF Freedom Schools program.
Wright Edelman’s November Child Watch® Columns
Wright Edelman’s November Child Watch® Columns encourage us to speak up
for our children and to never give up on building a nation where no child is
left behind and every child has a healthy, head, fair, safe and moral start in
life and successful transition to adulthood.
A Litany of
America May Go to Hell!
Murray’s Song of Hope