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


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


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