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The Fiscal Cliff: What Does it Mean for Children?

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The elections are behind us, but Congress still has important work to finish this year.  Unless lawmakers act, the country will face what is being referred to as the "fiscal cliff", an unprecedented combination of across-the-board tax increases and major budget cuts. Over the next several weeks, difficult decisions will have to be made regarding federal budget priorities in order to enact a more moderate substitute plan to replace the severe, automatic cuts currently scheduled to take place at the start of the year.

Making the Most of President Obama's Re-election: Ending Child Poverty in America

Irwin Redlener, M.D.

On November 6, 2012, the country re-elected President Barack Obama to a second term. While the results of this election indicate that the country is still deeply divided politically, it is imperative that our leaders in Washington come together to move forward in making children a priority.

President Obama Goes on Record on Child Poverty

Missing From This Election
Irwin Redlener, MD, Co-founder and President

With 22% of children in America living in poverty, millions regularly go hungry and struggle for access to medical care and early education programs.  And these adversities may interfere with optimal brain growth in early childhood and learning impediments during school years. That’s why I have been helping organize an effort involving six of the nation’s leading child advocates to give voice to this critical issue.

Will Kids Make the Debate?

Kids don't vote, but their parents do.
Irwin Redlener, MD Co-Founder and President

They won’t be in a ring, and no punches will be thrown, but the sparring match between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan could shape up to be a heavyweight affair.  After the first presidential debate changed the contour of the race so dramatically, it will definitely be fascinating to see who comes out on top tonight - and how it affects the race overall.

Stars Shine for Children’s Health Fund at 25

Steve Martin, Paul Simon, and Edie Brickell jam on stage at Radio City Music Hall for CHF’s 25th Anniversary

Performers Unite to Support Health Care for Every Child

A Life’s Journey from Patient to Doctor

Every day, Children’s Health Fund doctors and nurses play a quiet role in the American dream. By providing critical health care to children in need, CHF’s medical professionals help kids become better prepared to learn in school and reach their fullest potential as productive citizens.

September is National Preparedness Month: Pledge to Prepare!

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

As September is National Preparedness Month, it is important for schools, parents, child caregivers, school administrators, and everyday citizens to know what they can do to be prepared when a disaster strikes. Children are especially vulnerable in the wake of a disaster and depend on the adults in their life to have a plan to ensure their safety.

2012 Presidential Election: Where do the Candidates Stand on Kids?

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

As the 2012 presidential election nears, it is critical that child advocates hold the candidates accountable for putting forth their policy positions regarding children. With 22% of U.S. kids living in poverty and millions still uninsured, one of the key areas of focus on the presidential campaign trail should certainly be children. 

Fixing the “Family Glitch” in the New Health Law

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

This past weekend, the New York Times published an article about a piece of the new health law that could translate into many families not having access to help buying insurance. The article does a great job of highlighting a concern that for months, Children’s Health Fund (CHF) has been speaking about to policymakers in Washington.

Big Hearts and Big Buckets

Volunteers from Delta help paint a homeless shelter
by Kate Conrad

I’ve worked in the nonprofit world for the majority of my career. I think I’m drawn to this industry because the impact of your work is felt more strongly. As a new member to the team (I joined Children’s Health Fund (CHF) two months ago) I’m learning more and more about what this great organization is made up of.  At CHF’s core, they are about ensuring every kid in America has a healthy start at life. And, how do they do that?

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