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


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


The Real Way to ‘Make America Great Again’

| January 23, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. President Donald Trump rarely mentioned children’s issues through much


Congress Should Commit to ‘Do No Harm’ to Children

| January 15, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. The U.S. Senate voted on two amendments by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and


This #GivingTuesday, Think Like a Child

| November 29, 2016 |

Consider the state of America’s children: The U.S. government spends less than 8% of its budget on children. Five million children risk losing a