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


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


This Children’s Week, Let’s Ensure No Child Goes Uncounted

| June 15, 2020 |

Every child in America deserves the chance to thrive. Yet we know too often, children in our society are underfunded and underprioritized. The sad


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic


Comment: Proposed change to National School Lunch & Breakfast Program would weaken school nutrition standards

| April 22, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments in strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements