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Apr 30, 2019, 10:00 ET New Report: U.S. Can Reduce Child Poverty by 57 Percent Right Now

America can immediately lift millions of children out of poverty and reduce child poverty by 57 percent by making modest investments in policies that ...


Feb 05, 2019, 23:18 ET Statement by Max Lesko, National Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund, in response to President Trump's 2019 State of the Union Address

Advocates for America's children are troubled by what we heard tonight from President Trump in his State of the Union address. The President...


Nov 14, 2018, 10:00 ET Marian Wright Edelman Transitions from President of the Children's Defense Fund to new role of President Emerita in the Office of the Founder

Marian Wright Edelman, a lifelong advocate for children, the poor and civil rights, will transition from President of the Children's Defense Fund...


May 02, 2018, 01:43 ET Children's Defense Fund Supports Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 2018 Children's Crusade

On May 4-6, 2018, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will partner with the Children's Defense Fund to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the historic...


Jan 09, 2018, 11:03 ET The Indefensible and Unjust State of America's Children Demands Action to End Child Poverty NOW!

It is a national disgrace that children are the poorest Americans. The Children's Defense Fund's The State of America's Children® 2017 details the...


Jun 26, 2017, 11:28 ET Marian Wright Edelman Issues Moral Call to Action to Protect Medicaid

After sending out an urgent SOS to save Medicaid, Marian Wright Edelman, president of Children's Defense Fund, has issued a moral call to action to...


Jun 19, 2017, 16:38 ET Marian Wright Edelman Issues an Urgent SOS to Protect Medicaid

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, has sent out an urgent SOS to protect Medicaid and the 37 million children it serves ...


May 23, 2017, 17:24 ET Unjust Trump Budget: Bad for America's Children

Today Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund responded to President Trump's first budget proposal with the following...


May 10, 2017, 14:25 ET Fifth National GrandRally Brings Hundreds Of Grandparents And Other Relatives Raising Children To The U.S. Capitol

Today hundreds of grandparents and other relative caregivers from across the country gathered on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol today for the...


May 10, 2017, 07:00 ET Grandparents Rally on Lawn of U.S. Capitol

On May 10, 2017 grandparents and other relative caregivers, children and advocates from around the country will join U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley...


May 04, 2017, 14:42 ET Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, Calls Trump-Ryan's American Health Care Act an Immoral Assault on Children and American Values

Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund President, said today that the American Health Care Act passed by House Republican leaders at White...


Apr 27, 2017, 15:10 ET Grandparents, Other Relatives and Advocates to Rally on Lawn of U.S. Capitol

What do Olympic athlete Simone Biles, former President Barack Obama, Senator Tammy Baldwin and syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary have in...


Nov 14, 2016, 08:09 ET Children's Defense Fund Celebrates Hillary Rodham Clinton

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will host its 26th Beat the Odds® Celebration at the Newseum in Washington, DC. At ...


Apr 12, 2016, 05:10 ET Marian Wright Edelman to Receive Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal of Citizen Leadership

On April 13, 2016 Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, will become only the second person to be honored twice with Thomas ...


Feb 09, 2016, 03:04 ET Marian Wright Edelman Says: President's Budget Would Change the Odds for Children in America

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund said, "The President's budget would change the odds for children and give them a...


Jan 15, 2016, 12:53 ET Statements from Marian Wright Edelman, President of Children's Defense Fund; Lan Bentsen, Co-Chair of Children's Defense Fund Board of Directors; and Patrick Bresette, Executive Director of Children's Defense Fund-Texas

This morning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education raised the important connection between health...


Dec 14, 2015, 02:17 ET Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the loss of Evelyn S. Lieberman

My heart is broken by the passing of Evelyn Lieberman, our longtime friend and valued colleague, my three-doors-away neighbor, and former...


Nov 03, 2015, 05:32 ET Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Byron Pitts to Host 25th Anniversary of Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds® Program At the Newseum with Marian Wright Edelman and Donna Shalala

This Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 p.m. the Children's Defense Fund 2015 Beat the Odds® Celebration will be held in the Annenberg Theater at the...


Sep 16, 2015, 03:13 ET Poverty Hurts Children, Yet More Than One in Five Children in America Lives in Poverty; Black Child Poverty Increases 10 Percent

U.S. Census Bureau data released today reveal 46.7 million poor people in America in 2014; 1 in 3 are children. Children remain the poorest age group ...


Jun 25, 2015, 11:00 ET Marian Wright Edelman Responds to Supreme Court Decision

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on...


Jun 10, 2015, 05:03 ET Academy of the Americas receives DPS' first ever Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® designation with MSU and community collaboration

A highly unique opportunity for summer and after-school enrichment for Academy of the Americas (AOA) students, alumni and Michigan State University...


Feb 02, 2015, 03:41 ET Marian Wright Edelman Responds to the President's 2016 Budget

Today President Obama released his 2016 budget proposal and the Children's Defense Fund found good news for our most vulnerable children and families....


Jan 28, 2015, 10:00 ET How to Cut Child Poverty by 60 Percent Right Now

The Children's Defense Fund released a groundbreaking report today: Ending Child Poverty Now (www.EndingChildPovertyNow.org). For the first time this ...


Jan 26, 2015, 10:11 ET Press Briefing for Children's Defense Fund's Groundbreaking Poverty Report

This Wednesday, January 28, at 10:00 a.m. the Children's Defense Fund will release a groundbreaking report that for the first time details how to end ...


Jan 19, 2015, 03:29 ET Marian Wright Edelman Responds to Governor Cuomo's Juvenile Justice Proposal

Today, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund responds to Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement of a new package of juvenile...