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


Statement: Family Separation is Child Abuse

| June 19, 2018 |

In May, the Trump administration issued a zero-tolerance policy for families crossing the U.S. border. According to a recent report, 1,887 new children are


The Harmful Consequences of Work Requirements and Other Obstacles on Children and Families

| May 14, 2018 |

MAY 14, 2018—Each year, effective federal programs give parents the power to provide their children with affordable healthcare, nutritious food, stable housing, and early


It’s Time to End Child Poverty —Here’s How

| April 18, 2018 |

A new report out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that the cost of child poverty to the U.S. economy was a


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

| November 3, 2017 |

“What could happen if the 18 million children of immigrants in the U.S. were given a path to opportunity?” Recently, the Annie E. Casey


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