Big Ideas 2023 delivers innovative solutions to issues such as child homelessness, education reform, economic justice, and children’s health care from scholars, advocates, and other experts from leading organizations around the country. Articles focus on the Southeast and Southwest regions, which routinely underperform on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual indicators of child well-being, tackling the legacy of welfare reform, promoting educational equity for dual-language learners and children with disabilities, and examining other issues such as the delivery of support services.

The journal also branches into the international sector for the first time, elevating the voice and vision of migrant youth and discussing ways to educate children in the midst of conflict or disaster.

“Part of our job as advocates is to surface solutions to the most pressing problems facing children and to promote those solutions among the public and lawmakers. We’re grateful to the scholars and experts who contributed their research to Big Ideas: 2023 and look forward to seeing their innovative proposals applied where they will be most helpful to children and the people who care for them.”

First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley