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


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


Shadowboxing With Our Future

| November 28, 2016 |

Mr. Trump (I believe he deserves the respect of “Mr.” because he is the president-elect) was successful in tapping the fear, anger, and frustration


Children Need Us Now, More Than Ever

| November 21, 2016 |

Child’s World America 11/10/16 By Bruce Lesley In focus groups in Des Moines, Iowa, and Las Vegas, Nevada, a few years ago, voters were


Calling All Champions for Children: Now Is the Time to Act!

| November 16, 2016 |

As we enter a new year, and a new Administration, it is more important than ever to protect the health, safety and well-being of


Children Need Us Now, More Than Ever

| November 14, 2016 |

In focus groups in Des Moines, Iowa, and Las Vegas, Nevada, a few years ago, voters were asked what their top issues were, but


Trump Presidency Could Reshape Policies for Children and Youth

| November 9, 2016 |

Youth Today 11/9/16 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s presidential victory could significantly reshape policies for youth and families during the next four years. During the


Will We Get a Pro-Kid Presidency?

| November 8, 2016 |

Many have been waiting for November 8th with bated breath – who will be our next president? What will it mean for our nation’s


Shortchanging Our Children, Our Schools, and Our Future

| October 7, 2016 |

In a new report by the Urban Institute entitled Kids’ Share 2016, the authors found that state and local spending on education declined dramatically


Kids in the Presidential Campaigns: How the Front-runners Stack Up on Children’s Issues

| October 7, 2016 |

YouthToday By Allen Fennewald 9/7/16 James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, sent a letter Wednesday to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC


Interest on National Debt Projected to Outpace Funding for Kids, New Report Shows

| September 20, 2016 |

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2016 Contact: Meg Biallas, (202) 657-0664 Washington – A report released today by the nonprofit research organization Urban Institute