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Lujan Grisham Bill Would Restore Children’s Health Care

March 13, 2014

Washington — Legislation introduced today by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) would restore health care access for children. Specifically, the Health Equity & Access under the Law for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 would ensure that lawfully present immigrant children eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid can get the care they need, without an arbitrary five year waiting period.

Lujan Grisham Bill Would Restore Children’s Health Care

March 13, 2014

Washington – Legislation introduced today by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) would restore health care access for children. Specifically, the Health Equity & Access under the Law for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 would ensure that lawfully present immigrant children eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid can get the care they need, without an arbitrary five year waiting period.

Rep. Bass Recognized as Champion for Children

February 24, 2014

Washington — Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy group, recognized Representative Karen Bass for her leadership on issues important to children during 2013.

“Lots of politicians talk about kids’ issues, but few back it up,” said Bruce Lesley, president of the Campaign for Children. “Representative Bass delivered for kids.”

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Children Are Watching

April 11, 2014

Children Are WatchingCapitol Hill was blanketed this Spring with ads urging Congress to protect Medicare HMOs. Our web ad uses humor to remind Congress that children's health faces real threats too. It ran on The Hill's Healthwatch blog in mid-April 2014.

Champions for Children 2013

December 11, 2013

Champions for Children 2013The First Focus Campaign for Children recognized the 2013 Champions for Children and Defenders of Children on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 in The Hill newspaper.

Little DREAMers Have Big Dreams

June 5, 2013

Little DREAMers Have Big DreamsThis ad appeared in the special children's issues insert of The Hill's June 5, 2013, edition. On the eve of Senate floor consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, it urges support for an amendment to give all children access to a five-year citizenship path.

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Bipartisan Bill Re-Examines Overuse of Standardized Tests

April 8, 2014
By Kevin Lindsey

Since the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2001, which requires students to take state-administered standardized tests in math and reading/language arts in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 in addition to once per the grade spans 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12, students, teachers, and schools have become unnecessarily overburdened by the growth of standardized testing.

Ted Cruz is Right

March 27, 2014
By Ed Walz

I don’t often agree with Senator Ted Cruz, which is why I didn’t rush to watch his CPAC address. But when I heard he’d led off by challenging the audience to stand on principle, I decided to watch the video. I’m glad I did, because from the perspective of children’s advocacy communications, Ted Cruz is right.

Some housekeeping details first. No, I don’t agree that the President is siphoning hope out of America. And no, I don’t think Senator Bob Dole and Senator John McCain are empty suits.

In a Divided Congress, Bipartisan Vote Shows Senators Working together for Children

March 18, 2014
By Kevin Lindsey

Last week, the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S.1086), sponsored by Senators Burr (R-NC), Mikulski (D-MD), Alexander (R-TN) and Harkin (D-IA), with an overwhelmingly positive 96-2 vote. This act of bipartisanship, which has become rare in the 113th Congress, reveals what is possible when policymakers work together in the best interest of children.