Racial Equity

Children of color are expected to represent a majority of the population by 2018, yet racial disparities persist in outcomes for children, particularly in health, education, and poverty. First Focus is committed to ensuring that every child in America has the same opportunity to grow and thrive, regardless of race or ethnicity. Through our focus on racial equity, we seek to develop and advocate for policies that address structural racism and promote equitable outcomes for all of our nation’s children.

Resources


A Snapshot of Children Living in Poverty: 2016

| September 20, 2017 |

Data from 2016 released this month indicated positive news for children, with the national child poverty rate dropping from 19.7 percent in 2015 to


With 13 Million US Kids in Poverty, We Can Do Better

| September 12, 2017 |

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual data on children living in poverty in the U.S. and it confirms three things that we


Charlottesville: Our Children Are Listening

| August 30, 2017 |

Twitter’s most shared post in its history is this one by former President Barack Obama in the aftermath of Charlottesville. “No one is born


School Choice Perpetuates Segregation, Keeps Graduation Rates Stagnant

| July 26, 2017 |

In 1959, Prince Edward County in Virginia shut down all of its public schools in a drastic move to avoid desegregation. White communities used


Kate’s Law Makes Immigrant Parents Criminals and Harms Kids

| June 28, 2017 |

It’s well established that children of immigrants worried about their parents being deported have higher levels of toxic stress, which can be damaging to


Why Psychology Is Essential to Building Healthy Communities

| April 5, 2017 |

  EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog post is part of a national awareness campaign week focused on healthy communities. Follow online with #HealthyCommunities. Your house


Community Programs Reduce Asthma Triggers at Home

| April 3, 2017 |

Pathways to Medicaid Reimbursement for Pediatric Asthma Services EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog post is part of a national awareness campaign week focused on healthy


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


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