When it comes to public policy that impacts children and youth, the best interests of children should govern.

Kids provide important insights into their lives, their concerns, their needs, and their hopes and dreams, but only if we choose to pay attention to what they are saying. …


Our children are not alright. The pandemic and economic recession have affected every aspect of children’s lives. They need our full attention and protection more than ever. …


We should never gamble with or play politics with the health of millions of children.

Therefore, to protect the health security and well-being of 10 million children, Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) has introduced H.R. 1791, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Permanency (CHIPP) Act with eight cosponsors and Rep. Vern Buchanan…


My life’s work has provided me with a unique perspective on our individual rights to clean air, clean water, unobstructed access to the commons, and our rights to make our own decisions about our bodies. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Children Have Fundamental Human Rights

To Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:


It’s time to restore American leadership, and a place to start is by investing in our nation’s future: our children.

This means investing in their education and growth, protecting their health and safety, protecting them from economic hardship, poverty, and hunger, and helping them develop their God-given potential.

To achieve…


There are moments in time when historic or transformational changes are made by our nation’s leaders to really make a difference for children and families in this country. If President Biden’s just released American Families Plan becomes law, today would be one of those moments.

Unfortunately, the reality we face…


Thanks to the South Florida Sun Sentinel editorial for highlighting significant concerns with a so-called “Parents’ Bill of Rights” (HB 241) that passed the Florida Senate this week and is now on the way to Gov. Ron DeSantis for either his signature or veto.

The Governor should veto this legislation…


Children in the wealthiest nation in the world should not be living in poverty. And yet, 1 in 6 children in the United States do. The negative consequences that even short stints in poverty have on the health, education, and well-being of children is enormous. The National Academy of Sciences…


Every aspect of the lives of children and families are being negatively impacted by this global pandemic and economic recession. Our kids are NOT alright.

To ensure the full needs of our children are addressed as our nation attempts to “Build Back Better,” we need a Secretary of the Department…


No child should live in poverty in a country with the wealth of ours. Yet, there were 12 million children in the United States living in poverty in 2019. Children were more than 50 percent more likely to live in poverty than adults. …

Bruce Lesley

@BruceLesley — President of @First_Focus & @Campaign4Kids. Child advocate, husband & father of 4. Basketball fanatic. Follow on Twitter: @BruceLesley.

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