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.


Feeding children shouldn’t be a political game

| February 20, 2024 |

With food insecurity rising and summer on the way, 14 states have rejected a program that would keep students fed while school is out.  

Education Policy: Stopping the Agenda of ‘Organized Abandonment’

| January 8, 2024 |

The vast majority of parents in this country are deeply grateful to their kids’ teachers, the work they do, and for their partnership in

Why we need to research the impact of gun violence on kids

| December 5, 2023 |

Time and again, society betters itself through research. Children’s car seats were once just burlap sacks that hung from the passenger seat’s headrest. Research

Podcast: Defending Public Education with Arnie Fege

| November 15, 2023 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby chat with children’s activist Arnold “Arnie” Fege about the importance of defending public

Book bans don’t protect children, they limit learning

| August 11, 2023 |

Book bans have been a prominent topic in the news recently, given the rapid rise in requests from parents to remove books they find

Comments on proposed rule to remove barriers preventing children with disabilities from accessing Medicaid in school

| August 1, 2023 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Secretary of Education and Katherine Neas, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the

Protecting our Students – A Conversation with Florida State Rep. Anna Eskamani

Event June 12, 2023 |

Jun 12 2023 Ended Protecting our Students – A Conversation with Florida State Rep. Anna Eskamani Across the country, challenges to our public schools

Recognizing Children in the Debate Over Education and Schools

| March 31, 2023 |

As a child advocate, it is deeply frustrating to people in our community that issues of great importance to children, such as education, are

While Many Politicians Are Focused on Book Bans, Kids Are Dying

| March 30, 2023 |

Education is a children’s issue. Unfortunately, far too often, lawmakers ignore the needs, concerns, and best interests of children when making policy on education

Testimony: House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Free Speech: The Biden Administration’s Chilling of Parents’ Fundamental Rights”

| March 22, 2023 |

Today, First Focus on Children submitted the following statement for the record to members of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government. Excerpt