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.


Shortchanging Our Children, Our Schools, and Our Future

| October 7, 2016 |

Medium By Bruce Lesley 10/7/16 In a new report by the Urban Institute entitled Kids’ Share 2016, the authors found that state and local

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

Kids’ Share 2016: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2015 and Future Projections

| September 20, 2016 |

Kids’ Share 2016 is our tenth annual analysis of federal spending and tax investments in children and families. The report finds the children’s share of the

Lack of Progress on Child Poverty Reduction Prompts the Formation of New National Coalition

| September 13, 2016 |

Washington – Amid alarming new Census data showing that nearly one in five children live below the federal poverty line, a coalition of national

Report Release: Kids’ Share 2016

Event September 20, 2016 |

Sep 20 2016 Ended Report Release: Kids' Share 2016 Urban Institute, Washington, DC, Is Spending on Children Part of the Public Conversation? A Discussion

Urban Institute, First Focus, unveil Kids’ Share 2016 findings Sept. 20

| September 8, 2016 |

Washington – The social and economic policy think tank Urban Institute and non-partisan children’s advocacy group First Focus will unveil the results of Kids’

Twitter Chat: How You Can Support Students Impacted by Immigration Raids

| August 26, 2016 |

As immigrant and refugee students head back to school this fall, immigration raids are still a concern. Attendance can suffer. Students may experience heightened

An Upstream Approach: Using Data-Driven Home Visiting to Prevent Child Abuse

| August 2, 2016 |

The Chronicle of Social Change By Daniel Heimpel 8/2/16 Today, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion to move 103 public health nurses

Tackling Child Poverty in the U.S: Lessons from the U.K.

| July 28, 2016 |

Washington Monthly Increasing financial support for children and their families should be the starting point. By Lara Burt 7/28/16 In 1999, U.K. Prime Minister Tony