Ruling on Affordable Care Act Endangers Children

| December 19, 2019 |

Statement from Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus on Children WASHINGTON, D.C. — In declaring the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate unconstitutional and returning the

Statement: First Focus on Children Calls on Administration to Stick to Plan to Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

| November 22, 2019 |

After today’s discussion in the White House regarding the vaping epidemic that has led roughly 5 million children to use e-cigarettes, Bruce Lesley, president

First Focus on Children hails injunction on public charge

| October 11, 2019 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, made the following statement about today’s injunction of the Trump Administration’s public charge rule: “We are

2019 Children’s Budget shows spending on debt outstrips spending on kids for first time

| September 10, 2019 |

CONTACT: Michele Kayal,, 703-919-8778. WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 — The 2019 Children’s Budget book, released today by the bipartisan advocacy group First Focus on

First Focus on Children calls for urgent action to address rise in uninsured children

| September 10, 2019 |

Contact: Michele Kayal,, text/call: 703-919-8778 The U.S. Census Bureau today released 2018 data that show the number of children without health insurance in America

Alarming 2018 Census data spurs new call for national poverty targets

| September 10, 2019 |

CONTACT: Michele Kayal,, call/text: 703-919-8778 WASHINGTON — Data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau illustrates the failure of our government to lead

Statement: Final Rule on Children in U.S. Custody Means More Kids in Cages for Indefinite Periods of Time

| August 28, 2019 |

The Trump administration published a final rule on August 23, 2019 to gut national standards for the detention, release and treatment of immigrant children

Press Conference: The Threat of the Public Charge Rule to America’s Children

| August 16, 2019 |

The Trump Administration’s public charge rule, published August 14, 2019, targets family-based immigration and specifically singles out children. First Focus on Children hosted a

Press Release: First Focus on Children calls public charge rule “morally reprehensible, economically foolish”

| August 12, 2019 |

Urges Congress to block funding The Trump Administration’s new public charge rule, finalized today despite historic public opposition, imposes sweeping changes on long-standing, bipartisan

Proposed Changes to SNAP will Overwhelmingly Harm Children

| July 23, 2019 |

Today, the Trump Administration has proposed yet another rule that will make it harder for families with children to put food on the table.