Call your U.S. Senators and Representatives now! Tell them to #KeepKidsCovered

The critical effort to protect health care for children in America continues. As Congress goes to work this fall, we need to ensure they keep kids covered. This means passing a strong five-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program and protecting Medicaid from devastating cuts or program changes. Nationwide, nine million children count on CHIP and thirty-seven million children rely on Medicaid. Together, these programs have brought child uninsured rates to historic lows. In Minnesota, 97 percent of children are covered by health insurance. Please call (877) 233-9025 TODAY and urge your Senators and Representatives to keep kids covered!

26th Annual Beat the Odds® Awards Celebration

Our 26th annual Beat the Odds® Awards Celebration will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the University of St. Thomas Anderson Student Center. Check back in January 2018 for registration details.

Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.

Video Showroom

2016 marks 21 years of the CDF Freedom Schools® experience in Minnesota. Watch our video to learn how this remarkable program is helping our children reach new heights. Produced by Intermedia Arts.

In 2015, we're celebrating 30 years of building brighter futures for Minnesota children and families. Watch our new video. Produced by Fallon.

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