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Sep 16, 2014, 12:29 ET

Child Poverty Drops for First Time Since 2000

U.S. Census Bureau data released today reveal 45.3 million poor people in America in 2013, 1 in 3 are children. For yet another year children...

Sep 15, 2014, 13:43 ET

Alex Johnson New Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund - California

 The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is pleased to announce that Alex Johnson has joined CDF-California as Executive Director. Johnson brings to...

Jul 24, 2014, 16:58 ET

Statement from Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman in Response to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's "Expanding Opportunity in America - A Discussion Draft from the House Budget Committee.

"House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's draft is a small, mean and worn idea that picks on poor children and families while not asking for one cent of...

Jul 11, 2014, 17:50 ET

Statement from Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman on the passing of John Seigenthaler

A great American died today. John Seigenthaler was a wonderful friend, an extraordinary journalist, and a long term champion for justice and...

Jun 11, 2014, 11:00 ET

Statement from Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, Reacting to Senator Rockefeller's New Legislation

Today, Senator John D. Rockefeller, the senior senator from West Virginia, introduced new legislation to support children and working families, The...

May 28, 2014, 16:50 ET

Statement from Marian Wright Edelman on the loss of Dr. Maya Angelou:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Maya Angelou's family and her legion of friends and admirers. She was a lantern when the world...

Apr 30, 2014, 16:05 ET

Marian Wright Edelman House Budget Committee Hearing Testimony

Today, Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, delivered the remarks below in the House Budget Committee...

Apr 02, 2014, 08:07 ET

Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the Ryan Budget

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, released the statement below in advance of the mark up of the 2015 federal budget...

Feb 21, 2014, 16:27 ET

Marian Wright Edelman to be Inducted into South Carolina Hall of Fame

 Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, will be inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame for her outstanding...

Feb 04, 2014, 15:30 ET

Marian Wright Edelman Statement on Farm Bill

Congress Cuts Food Assistance Even as Hunger Plagues More Than 1 in 9 Children The Children's Defense Fund strongly opposes the cuts to the...

Jan 23, 2014, 09:07 ET

Children's Defense Fund Releases New Report Showing Children of Color are Majority of Infants and Toddlers

Marian Wright Edelman Calls on the President to End Child Poverty  Today the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) released a new report, The...

Jan 22, 2014, 14:15 ET

Children's Defense Fund and AASA Announce Partnership to Reform School Discipline Policies and Practices

Ten school districts across the country from California to South Carolina have been selected to participate in a public-private initiative to...

Dec 13, 2013, 06:00 ET

Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the Anniversary of the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman released the statement below on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook...

Nov 13, 2013, 12:08 ET

Marian Wright Edelman Statement in Support of Legislation to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs

 The Children's Defense Fund Action Council applauds the Strong Start for America's Children Act that is being introduced today in the U.S....

Nov 06, 2013, 12:00 ET

Marian Wright Edelman's Response to the New Supplemental Poverty Data Released By U.S. Census Bureau

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, released the statement below in response to the U.S Census Bureau's new...

Oct 19, 2013, 14:08 ET

Top Gun Violence Public Health Experts to Discuss Effective Ways for Communities to Reduce Gun Violence

Beating Swords into Plowshares: Blacksmiths to Turn Confiscated Guns into Gardening Tools The Children's Defense Fund and Washington National...

Oct 14, 2013, 13:20 ET

Top Gun Violence Public Health Experts to Discuss Effective Ways for Communities to Reduce Gun Violence

Beating Swords into Plowshares: Blacksmiths to Turn Confiscated Guns into Gardening Tools The Children's Defense Fund and Washington National...

Oct 02, 2013, 06:00 ET

Children's Defense Fund Releases Tribute Video Honoring Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) releases a video entitled "Hillary Rodham Clinton: Strong and Effective Voice for Children" today as it...

Oct 01, 2013, 16:16 ET

Hillary Clinton's Remarks as Delivered at 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Children's Defense Fund

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the remarks below at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF)....

Sep 24, 2013, 12:00 ET
Marian Wright Edelman and Hillary Rodham Clinton at the CDF Haley Farm.  (PRNewsFoto/Children's Defense Fund)

Hillary Rodham Clinton to be Recognized as Champion of Change

Children's Defense Fund Celebrates 40 Years of Champions Changing the Odds for Children  The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will honor...