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Children’s Budget 2016

| July 7, 2016 |

Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s programs has


Strategic Messaging Report: Protecting Medicaid and Children’s Health

| April 21, 2016 |

In July 2011, First Focus commissioned a study to find the most effective messaging strategies to protect Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program


Statement for the Record: Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities

| March 11, 2016 |

On March 8, the First Focus State Policy and Advocacy Reform Center submitted a Statement for the Record in response to the hearing titled


United States v. Texas Supreme Court Amicus Brief: Educators and Children’s Advocates

| March 8, 2016 |

First Focus and nationally recognized education and children’s advocacy organizations spearheaded this amicus brief on why the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


Letter: Medicaid and CHIP financing

| February 29, 2016 |

This letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee leadership outlines our observations of the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage


Big Investments for Kids in the President’s Budget

| February 10, 2016 |

On February 9th, President Obama presented his final budget request for fiscal year 2017 to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year.


50+ Children’s Groups to President Obama: Stop the Raids

| January 21, 2016 |

First Focus led this sign-on letter to President Obama, signed by over 50 leading children’s advocacy organizations, expressing opposition to the recent immigration raids carried


Omnibus and Tax Agreement: What’s in it for Kids?

| December 18, 2015 |

Congress recently sent a bipartisan fiscal package to President Obama that averts another shutdown and keeps the federal government running through September 2016. It


How Does North Carolina’s HB 318 Impact Children?

| November 23, 2015 |

On October 28, 2015, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 318 into law. The bill, titled the “Protect North Carolina Workers Act,” takes


Comments on proposed rule to update Head Start performance standards

| September 17, 2015 |

First Focus submitted these comments the proposed rule to update Head Start performance standards. Our recommendations are to provide programs with guidance and flexibility to transition