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.

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Kids and Covid Conversations Series: Education and Nutrition

Event April 27, 2022 |

Apr 27 2022 Ended Kids and Covid Conversations Series: Education and Nutrition


Free school meals are a clear win for children & families

| August 10, 2022 |

School nutrition is a vital part of a child’s education and their overall health, well-being, and development. Without the proper nutrients, students are more


2 troubling SCOTUS decisions for schools and students

| July 15, 2022 |

Two recent Supreme Court rulings – Kennedy v. Bremerton and Carson v. Makin – will accelerate the decay of the separation of Church and


A “perfect storm” for school staff shortages

| May 19, 2022 |

Schools across the country face a burgeoning crisis, which was long-growing but exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. A recent report from the Economic Policy


Watch: Fixing the severed school lifeline

| April 28, 2022 |

In the chaotic onset of the coronavirus pandemic, school nutrition leaders appealed to the Trump Administration to let them handle the crisis as if


Statement for the Record: Free Speech Under Attack — Book Bans and Academic Censorship

| April 12, 2022 |

Bruce Lesley submitted this testimony for the record to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties regarding


What’s at stake for kids if Congress doesn’t pass Build Back Better

| December 22, 2021 |

As negotiations have stalled and the fate of the Build Back Better Act hangs in the balance, children stand to lose access to monthly


Parents Want a Forward-Looking Children’s Agenda, Not Book Bans

| December 5, 2021 |

There is no doubt that parents are frustrated, overwhelmed, and at wits’ end after nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and a rough


What’s next for the largest unvaxxed population (kids)?

| August 25, 2021 |

Like many of you, we have been watching in dismay as children’s health is politicized by adults. Just as kids begin to head back


Including Youth Voices in Our Democracy

| August 24, 2021 |

There is absolutely no downside to hearing from young people, unless we’re afraid of what they’ll tell us.