Campaigns

Nationally, CDF campaigns such as the Cradle to Prison Pipeline®, Protect Children Not Guns, and Be Careful What You Cut were formed to energize, mobilize and equip child advocates with key information and tools to create meaningful change in their communities, online, and at the state level. Learn more about national CDF campaigns and how you can make a difference.

We believe in a future that fulfills the promise for every child to reach his or her potential. To pursue this vision CDF-Texas initiated the following state-level campaigns:

Texas Well and Healthy

Texas has the worst rate of uninsured people in the country, and the second worst rate of uninsured children. When Texas children are covered they can get the health care they need when they need it, and when Texas parents are covered, Texas children do better. They are more likely to get covered, stay covered and access needed healthcare services. Thanks to Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA, the numbers of uninsured children have dropped significantly, but there is still much work to be done to protect and strengthen their success.

CDF-Texas is a lead organizer of Texas Well and Healthy, a statewide grassroots campaign to ensure that every Texas child, caregiver, or person with a disability has access to the affordable health care coverage they need. The campaign represents a collaboration between CDF-Texas, Texans Care for Children, the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), and Progress Texas.

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Cradle to Prison Pipeline

CDF’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline® campaign, launched in 2007, seeks to dismantle the urgent national crisis that leaves a Black boy born in 2001 with a one in three risk of going to prison in his lifetime, and a Latino boy with a one in six risk of the same fate. The Pipeline is fueled by pervasive poverty, racial disparities, inadequate health and mental health care, gaps in early childhood development, disparate educational opportunities, chronic abuse and neglect, and overburdened and ineffective juvenile justice systems.

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Protect Children, Not Guns

Every 35 minutes, one child or teen dies or is injured from guns. More children and teens die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre. The number of children under five killed by guns in 2012 was higher than the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that same year. Gun violence saturates our lives and robs children of their precious childhoods. We can do better. Join us in our campaign to stand up, speak out, and organize until all legislators at the national, state and local levels protect children instead of guns.

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Be Careful What You Cut

When it’s budget cutting time, politicians always start with the easiest targets. But, cutting children from the budget now carries a hefty, unacceptable price and costs all of us later. This campaign is about bringing the real dangers of cutting investments in children’s wellbeing into sharp focus in order to build the public will to invest in programs that help lift children and families out of poverty. It’s a simple calculation, really. Protect now or pay later.

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Black Community Crusade for Children

The Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC) was launched in 1990 to combat one of the worst crises the Black child and family has faced since slavery and confront the deepening crisis faced by Black children. A toxic cocktail of poverty, illiteracy, racial disparity, violence and massive incarceration is sentencing millions of children of color to dead end, powerless and hopeless lives and threatens to undermine the past half century of racial and social progress. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, BCCC’s successes include the CDF Freedom Schools® program; the Harlem Children’s Zone; youth leadership development programs which have trained 20,000 young leaders; economic empowerment work in 77 “Black Belt” southern counties; and the placed-based policy work of PolicyLink.

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