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


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


Comment: Considerations for Additional Measures of Poverty

| April 14, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend or reopen the comment period on


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

| April 2, 2020 |

As the spread of the coronavirus has grown, the vulnerabilities within our system have become clear. Children and families living in poverty already lack


Make Sure Every Child Is Counted Today

| April 1, 2020 |

On April 1, tell people to count all children at their address who have no permanent residence. As the spread of the Coronavirus has


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2021 Budget on Nutrition

| March 13, 2020 |

The President’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget includes several harmful budget cuts and policy proposals that would drastically undermine food assistance programs that serve


Coronavirus confirms why we need a national commitment to address child poverty and homelessness in the United States

| March 13, 2020 |

There is real momentum towards addressing the high rate of child poverty in the United States and the Coronavirus outbreak has only served to


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2021 Budget on Housing

| March 2, 2020 |

On February 10th,  President Trump presented his budget request for fiscal year 2021 (FY21) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year.


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2021 Budget on Income Support

| March 2, 2020 |

On February 10th, President Trump presented his budget request for fiscal year 2021 (FY21) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year.


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children (Updated)

| February 6, 2020 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our children, who make up our future workforce and tax base.