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


Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| November 19, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it is compounding them, and so


International students add spark to our educational system. New visa rules would end that

| October 28, 2020 |

At the beginning of 2003, a little under a year and a half after September 11th, the Department of Homeland Security implemented the Student


The myth of standardized testing becomes an attack on public education during a pandemic

| October 23, 2020 |

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to enforce testing standards this year as if it were just any year. Any year, that is, since the


2020 Children’s Budget Summit: Lawmakers and educators discuss continued decline in children’s share of federal spending

| September 30, 2020 |

This year has delivered an unprecedented public health emergency and an economic crisis that has disrupted every facet of the lives of children and


Children’s Budget 2020

| September 29, 2020 |

About Children’s Budget 20202: First Focus on Children is proud to introduce the 14th annual release of its signature Children’s Budget publication. While the


Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass Additional Relief for Struggling Children and Families

| August 10, 2020 |

Given recent spikes in COVID-19 caseloads, an economic crisis that continues to deepen, and an upcoming school year faced with daunting challenges, it is


Comment on the continuation of the Household Pulse Survey

| July 31, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Office of Management and Budget. Excerpt: The coronavirus pandemic has hit the United States


Back to school, but not back to normal — what lawmakers must do

| July 28, 2020 |

Every September, kids go back to school. This year, learning will happen in new and scarcely tested conditions. The coronavirus pandemic means that kids


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic


Comment: Proposed change to National School Lunch & Breakfast Program would weaken school nutrition standards

| April 22, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments in strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements