Take Action for Texas Children

Join dedicated child advocates across the state and speak up and speak out to champion policies and programs that lift Texas children out of poverty, that protect them from abuse and neglect, and that ensure their access to healthcare, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.

Together our voices can and do make a difference to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood.

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Every dollar donated helps us to change the odds for Texas children by championing policies and programs that enable Texas children and families to be healthy, educated and financially secure.

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Take action to support policies that protect and invest in Texas children.

Stay tuned for more actions you can take to support CDF-TX's 2016 legislative priorities.

Congress Reauthorize the JJDPA

Congress has the opportunity to renew the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act—which hasn’t been renewed since 2007.

Help us dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® crisis. Call your Senators and Representative. Urge them to support reauthorization of the JJDPA.


Congress, Please #StopTheCuts

Tell Congress to stop program cuts and get rid of sequestration rules that prevent needed investments to lift children out of poverty.

We must move forward, not backward if we are to end child poverty.


Share Your Story

How have you or someone you know been affected by child poverty, budget cuts to federal programs supporting poor and low-income families, or harsh school discipline policies or racial bias and ended up in the juvenile justice system? Use the power of your story to make a difference. Congress listens to stories, and if we would like to share yours, we will follow up to ask permission.


Protect Children, Not Guns

Contact your members of Congress and tell them to protect children instead of guns. We are deeply shaken by the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The 20 children and 6 educators slain there are the latest victims of America’s gun violence plague. Each week, 350 children and teens are killed or injured by guns—enough to fill 14 more classrooms of 25 students. What have we become as a people when even in the face of such sin and suffering, we continue to protect guns before children?


Save 8 Million Children's Health Care

Ask your Governor to urge your Congressional delegation to extend CHIP funding for four more years.

Millions of children in working families are at risk of losing health coverage or paying more for less coverage starting September 30, 2015. Congress MUST extendthe Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding for four more years before it's too late.


Demand Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Children Receive A Quality Education

 Tell your Members of Congress to secure the future by providing a quality education for every child.

Today, over fifteen million children in rich America live in poverty. More than 20 percent of children under age five are poor, including more than 40 percent of Black children and 35 percent of Hispanic children. The best hope these children have of lifting themselves out of poverty is a quality education. Yet for far too long, the most vulnerable children in America have been denied this opportunity. Inequities in educational funding, resources and opportunities have placed poor and minority children in low-performing schools with inadequate facilities and ineffective teachers.


Act Now to Create a Strong Start for Children

Tell your Members of Congress to support the Strong Start for America’s Children Act.

Together we can help guarantee that all children have access to high-quality early childhood development and learning opportunities. Call Congress and tell them to support the Strong Start for America’s Children Act.


Act Now To Improve Access to High-Quality Child Care

Tell your Members of Congress to support the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

Together we can help ensure that young children have access to safe, developmentally appropriate, high-quality child care environments while their parents and guardians work to support their families. Call Congress and tell them to support the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.


I Pledge to Protect Children, Not Guns

Together, our voices will be heard!

  • By Spreading the Truth about guns and sensible gun safety legislation

  • By Raising Awareness of the epidemic gun violence in my community, state and country

  • By Planning a Community March and Vigil to remember children and teens lost to gun violence

  • By Asking my elected officials to support universal background checks and other gun safety legislation

  • By Holding elected officials accountable
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Austin, TX 78701
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Houston Office

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Bellaire, TX 77401
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McAllen, TX 78504
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Spread Truth

Share a recent factsheet, publication, news, event or action about the problems facing children in Texas within your various networks, both online and offline. Write a letter to the editor of your newspaper. Contact your elected official’s office. You will help build awareness and start needed conversations about policies affecting children in America.

Plan a Community March

Partner with as many local organizations as possible to organize a community march and/or vigil. Gather the names of children and teens lost to gun violence in your community. Choose a community location that highlights the problems that face our nation’s children.

Join the Children’s Defense Fund for the Proctor Institute in July

Come to the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute on Child Advocacy Ministry at the CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, and learn with CDF staff and top child advocates across the country. The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry provides spiritual renewal, continuing education, inter-generational movement-building workshops, and networking as Christians from across the denominational spectrum explore how their Christian faith calls them into ministries of child advocacy and guides, shapes, and sustains them in their work with and for children.

Host a Children’s Sabbath Service in October

Each year in October, thousands of Houses of Worship of all faiths lift up children’s needs by hosting a National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® celebration. Check out the multi-faith resources including a step-by-step guide on organizing a Children’s Sabbath weekend. Volunteer to plan a celebration in your synagogue, church, temple, mosque or shrine.

Share Your Story

Personal stories have the power to deliver strong messages to policymakers and others who most need to hear what is at stake for Texas children and families.

How have you or someone you know been impacted by the Affordable Care Act? By Medicaid? By budget cuts to federal and state programs your children rely on? Lawmakers listen to stories.

Use the power of your story to make a difference

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