Children on the Ballot

Children can't vote and don’t have Political Action Committees or Super PACs, so they are counting on all of us to make their voices heard. Our "Children on the Ballot" series analyzes the issues impacting kids in the upcoming 2016 election.


Lack of Progress on Child Poverty Reduction Prompts the Formation of New National Coalition

| September 13, 2016 |

Washington – Amid alarming new Census data showing that nearly one in five children live below the federal poverty line, a coalition of national

Report Release: Kids’ Share 2016

Event September 20, 2016 |

Sep 20 2016 Ended Report Release: Kids' Share 2016 Urban Institute, Washington, DC, Is Spending on Children Part of the Public Conversation? A Discussion

Urban Institute, First Focus, unveil Kids’ Share 2016 findings Sept. 20

| September 8, 2016 |

Washington – The social and economic policy think tank Urban Institute and non-partisan children’s advocacy group First Focus will unveil the results of Kids’

Congress May Be at Recess, but Advocates Still Hard at Work

| September 6, 2016 |

Youth Today By Allen Fennewald 9/6/2016 When Congress adjourns for recess, youth welfare advocates often take a break during the summer. However, with the presidential

Twenty years after its enactment, TANF has lost its buying power

| August 18, 2016 |

Washington – Once intended to be the nation’s most innovative anti-poverty program, the only federal cash assistance program designed to help lift families out

To Make TANF Truly Effective, Put Kids Front and Center

| August 16, 2016 |

Editor’s Note: This post was co-authored by Cara Baldari of First Focus and John Sciamanna of The Child Welfare League of America. The only

Presidential candidates silent on child poverty

| August 4, 2016 |

The Orlando Advocate By Mona Shand 8/4/16 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At the conventions and on the campaign trail, Floridians are hearing plenty from both

Experts: Unimproved Child Poverty Rates Ignored by Presidential Candidates

| July 31, 2016 |

KMA LAND 960 AM & 99.1 FM By Bob Kessler 7/31/16 (Des Moines) — The percentage of children living in poverty has not improved

Tackling Child Poverty in the U.S: Lessons from the U.K.

| July 28, 2016 |

Washington Monthly Increasing financial support for children and their families should be the starting point. By Lara Burt 7/28/16 In 1999, U.K. Prime Minister Tony

Advocacy Groups: Child Poverty Being Ignored In Presidential Campaign

| July 27, 2016 |

News Talk 94.9 WSJM 7/27/16 As the presidential campaigns ramp up, some experts are concerned the issue of child poverty is being ignored. Child