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


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


“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