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


“Race Gap” Hurts American Children According to Children’s Budget Review

| July 14, 2016 |

Child’s World America By Shannon Fandler 7/14/16 When it comes to government spending on children, race matters. In a 2016 review of the federal


Skilled Digital Media Strategist Meg Biallas Joins First Focus

| July 14, 2016 |

Washington – Bringing more than eight years of experience in digital media strategy and development, former RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) Online


Congress Takes a Step Back in Fight to Reduce Childhood Hunger

| July 7, 2016 |

Youth Today By Elliott Gluck 7/7/2016 During the last year, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has continuously voiced the importance of returning


Children’s Budget 2016

| July 7, 2016 |

Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s programs has


As Children Face Uncertain Future, Federal Budget Book Analyzes Expenditures on Kids

| July 7, 2016 |

Washington – Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s


New York Times Columnist Charles Blow to Discuss Child Poverty at 2016 Children’s Budget Summit

| June 28, 2016 |

Washington – New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Charles Blow will talk about the intersection of child poverty and race at the 2016


Children’s Budget Summit 2016: Place, Race, and Economy – Closing the Gap for Kids

Event July 07, 2016 |

Jul 07 2016 Ended Children's Budget Summit 2016: Place, Race, and Economy – Closing the Gap for Kids National Press Club, Washington, DC Join


Demographic and Social Change ‘Belongs to the Young’

| May 13, 2016 |

“Change is the law of life. And those who only look to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”  — John F.


National Healthy Schools Day Celebrates Healthy Environments for Kids

| April 5, 2016 |

Today is the 14th Annual National Healthy Schools Day, an effort spearheaded by the Healthy Schools Network to celebrate programs in schools that promote healthy environments.


Black girls matter, and we’re failing them

| March 29, 2016 |

“How can Black girls learn the kind of assertiveness that will make them future leaders, when they aren’t even allowed space to be human,