Education

The problem with education policy is that it ignores everything outside the classroom. Better schools, better teachers, and equitable funding are necessary, and we advocate strongly for these improvements. But for children living with hunger or illness, or for children who are homeless or live in fear of violence, they are not sufficient. First Focus challenges policymakers to accept what research confirms: that lowering the obstacles children face outside the classroom is essential for their success inside the classroom.

Resources


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


House Hearing Highlights Needs of Children in Opioid Crisis

| November 10, 2017 |

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing


School Choice Perpetuates Segregation, Keeps Graduation Rates Stagnant

| July 26, 2017 |

In 1959, Prince Edward County in Virginia shut down all of its public schools in a drastic move to avoid desegregation. White communities used


Summer: Where Learning Goes to Die

| June 28, 2017 |

Children should not be forgotten just because the school year ends, and they should not suffer learning losses because their parents cannot afford the


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It


15th Annual National Healthy Schools Day

| April 4, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog post is part of a national awareness campaign week focused on healthy communities. Follow online with #HealthyCommunities. Today is the


Federal Spending on Child Poverty Meager, But Root Causes Must Be Found: Experts Agree

| March 2, 2017 |

YouthToday 3/2/17 By John Holland WASHINGTON — The war on poverty and an array of social welfare measures that followed over the last half-century


From the Mouth of a Babe: A 7-year-old Asks Leaders to Prioritize Kids

| February 23, 2017 |

So often, children have no one to speak on their behalf. It’s one of the biggest reasons why First Focus and First Focus Campaign


Resource Guide: Building a Bright Future for All

| February 2, 2017 |

  This resource was originally posted by the U.S. Department of Education.   In a continuing effort to inform the community of stakeholders