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Issue Brief: Heavy Metals in Baby Food

| November 15, 2023 |

The presence of heavy metals in baby foods is harmful to infant development and can impact a child’s health into adulthood. Recently, the publication

Issue Brief: Why Children Need a National Renter Tax Credit

| August 25, 2023 |

Background Children in households that receive housing vouchers or other forms of rental assistance benefit in a variety of ways. For example, vouchers reduce

Issue Brief: Fast, Not Fair — How Expedited Processes Harm Immigrant Children Seeking Protection

| March 6, 2023 |

Over the years, an increasing number of children and families have arrived at the U.S. southern border seeking protection from persecution, violence, and abuse.

Issue Brief: Behavioral Health Parity For Children

| September 14, 2022 |

What Is Behavioral Health Parity? Treating mental health conditions and substance use disorders as equivalent to other health conditions in insurance plans is what

Issue Brief: The Case for a Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) on Child Well-being

| August 2, 2022 |

THE CHALLENGE  The American people expect government policy to advance the best interests of children. Yet, the data shows that U.S. policy lacks the high-level

Issue Brief: The Need to Incorporate Children, Youth, and Adolescents into State 988 Systems

| July 14, 2022 |

States are currently in the process of implementing the 988 National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in October

Issue Brief: How Tax Credits Could Provide Transition-Age Youth Greater Financial Stability

| January 21, 2022 |

Who are Transition-Age Youth?  Transition-Age Youth (“TAY”) are teenagers and young adults between ages 16 and 24 who are making the transition to adulthood.

Policy Brief: Early Childhood Continuous Eligibility

| December 21, 2021 |

Background  Children are the future of our country’s economy and success, and their healthy development is essential for our country’s development. Providing children with

Policy Brief: 10 Ways to Improve the Health Coverage of America’s Children

| November 10, 2021 |

While much progress has been made in health care coverage for children, there is still more to do to ensure that the more than