ESEA Reauthorization House Floor Letter

July 18, 2013
By Jared Solomon

ESEA Reauthorization House Floor LetterThe Student Success Act (H.R. 5) will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). While First Focus Campaign for Children supports the effort to reauthorize ESEA, we oppose H.R. 5. This bill does not provide the resources and support needed to ensure that all children, particularly our most disadvantaged, receive an equitable education.

The Foster Children Opportunity Act: Guaranteeing a Bright Future for Foster Youth

By Shadi Houshyar

The Foster Children Opportunity Act: Guaranteeing a Bright Future for Foster YouthThe Foster Children Opportunity Act (H.R. 2036) seeks to ensure that abused and neglected immigrant children have an opportunity to obtain the legal immigrant status to which they are entitled prior to aging out of the foster care system. Introduced by Congressman Beto O’Rourke, the bill amends Title IV of the Social Security Act in order to require states to screen all undocumented immigrant children currently in the child welfare system for eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

First Focus Campaign for Children Supports the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill

July 10, 2013

First Focus Campaign for Children Supports the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations BillOn July 11, 2013, the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a bill providing for the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations. This bill contains the majority of discretionary funding for investments that matter to children. First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to Senate appropriators in support of the legislation.

Testimony - Child Well-Being and the Safety Net

July 3, 2013

Testimony - Child Well-Being and the Safety NetOn June 18, 2013, the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee held a hearing presided over by Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) titled “More Spending, Less Real Help: Reviewing How Today’s Fragmented Welfare System Fails to Lift Up Poor Families.” The hearing focused on the effectiveness of current safety net programs in serving low-income families. The FFCC submitted this statement on the importance of safety net and work support investments for child well-being.