Cara Baldari Vice President, Family Economics, Housing and Homelessness

Cara Baldari is the Vice President of Family Economics, Housing and Homelessness at First Focus on Children. In this role, she leads the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, of which First Focus is a founding member.

Her work centers on building the political will for a national commitment to reduce child poverty in the United States. In 2016, she helped to secure federal appropriations funding for a landmark consensus study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, released in February 2019.

Through her work, she advocates on a cross-sector set of policies to address child poverty and homelessness, including cash assistance, income supports, hunger and nutrition programs, homelessness assistance, and more.

Cara received a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Resources by Cara Baldari

Biden Administration Plan Will Likely Cut Child Poverty in Half in 2021

| January 21, 2021 |

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan pledges emergency relief for those affected by the public health and economic crises caused by COVID-19. It is also

2021 is the Year to Prioritize Child Poverty Reduction

| January 14, 2021 |

2021 is off to an eventful start, full of tragedy and tumult, but also opportunity for progress with a new incoming Administration and Congress.

Report says more than 4,000 NY children lost a caregiver due to COVID-19

| December 11, 2020 |

Between March and July of this year, 4,200 children in New York State lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19. Four-thousand, two-hundred individual children.

Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| November 19, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it is compounding them, and so

Child poverty surpasses pre-pandemic levels, with 2.5 million more children in poverty since May 2020

| October 16, 2020 |

Journalist Jason DeParle of the New York Times is one of the leading media voices covering child poverty in the United States, and in

With COVID, the case for a child allowance becomes even clearer

| August 27, 2020 |

Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, child poverty in the United States remained stubbornly high. The outbreak of the pandemic and resulting economic crisis

Rep. Barbara Lee & Ezra Klein ask “What would it take to end child poverty in America?”

| August 26, 2020 |

On a recent episode of The Ezra Klein Show, the host had a very specific question for Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) — how do

Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass Additional Relief for Struggling Children and Families

| August 10, 2020 |

Given recent spikes in COVID-19 caseloads, an economic crisis that continues to deepen, and an upcoming school year faced with daunting challenges, it is

Comment on the continuation of the Household Pulse Survey

| July 31, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Office of Management and Budget. Excerpt: The coronavirus pandemic has hit the United States

President Trump doesn’t think all kids count. We disagree (and so does the Constitution).

| July 28, 2020 |

One of the key tenets of the work of First Focus on Children is that the well-being of every child matters. Thus, we were