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


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2020 Budget on K-12 Education

| April 16, 2019 |

On March 11, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) budget request outlining his spending priorities for the coming year. The president’s


Recommendation to Rescind Anti-Bias Guidance for School Discipline Will Harm Students and Reduce School Safety

| December 20, 2018 |

On Tuesday, the Federal School Safety Commission formed in the wake of the tragic school shootings in Parkland, Florida, issued its report with recommendations


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Increase Child Poverty in the United States

| October 23, 2018 |

The strength of our economic future is dependent on the well-being of our nation’s children. Yet child poverty remains high in the United States,


Press Release: Share of Federal Spending on Children Has Decreased 1.7 Percent Since FY 2014

| September 20, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., September 20, 2018—Children received 1.7 percent less of the federal budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 than they did in FY 2014,


Children’s Budget Book 2018 – Messaging and Social Media Kit

| September 19, 2018 |

First Focus is proud to announce the release of Children’s Budget 2018, which captures and analyzes historical funding data and spending trends across a wide


Children’s Budget Summit 2018

| September 19, 2018 |

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Program: 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Capitol Visitor Center : SVC 212-10 Washington, D.C. When it comes


The Trump Cabinet’s War on Children: Mulvaney Slashes Kids (Part II)

| July 3, 2018 |

In Part I of this series on the “War on Children,” I highlighted many of the ways that Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has systemically


The Trump Cabinet’s War on Children: DeVos Strikes First (Part I)

| June 19, 2018 |

At the close of last year, I wrote that 2017 might have been the worst year for children at the federal level in decades.


The President’s Budget Speaks Louder Than His Words on School Safety

| February 22, 2018 |

Last week’s devastating mass shooting at a Florida high school has led to renewed calls on Congress to act to end the scourge of


Trump Budget Fails to Live Up to Its Rhetoric for Children

| February 12, 2018 |

In his State of the Union speech, President Trump made a few comments about children that were heart-warming. For example, Trump said: . . .as President of