Children's Defense Fund

Build a Bright Future for All Minnesota Children!

In these challenging times, the future well-being of Minnesota children and families is at risk. Your support of Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota (CDF-MN) helps provide a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children who cannot vote or speak for themselves and to build a bright future for all Minnesota children.

CDF-MN's mission is 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. We advocate on behalf of all Minnesota children, paying particular attention to the needs of our most vulnerable children - children of color and Native American children, children from low-income families and children with disabilities. 

All children deserve a Healthy Start
Over the years, CDF-MN has worked with you to put up the long, hard fight for affordable health care and together we have made progress and achieved historic results. Today, 97% of Minnesota's children have health coverage, helping to ensure they can access the health care they need. However, continual threats to repeal affordable health care policies and programs would undercut these gains. With you, CDF-MN will continue to be vigilant to promote access to health care for Minnesota children. 

All children deserve a Head Start
Affordable, high-quality childcare is a two-generation approach that can lift families out of poverty while helping children become ready for school. With you, CDF-MN celebrates recent gains, including much-needed family-friendly reforms to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and an expanded Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. We will continue to advocate for making CCAP work better for families and increasing program funding so that 84% of Minnesota children who are income eligible but unable to enroll can receive the care that they deserve and that their families need.     

All children deserve a Fair Start
Poverty, coupled with persistent structural and systematic racism, often leads to poor child outcomes. CDF-MN stands together with you to advocate for fair tax policies and programs that work to ensure the economic stability of all families. We will be vigilant to guard against tax cuts that would serve to benefit only the wealthy and that would put important safety net programs at risk. 

You have the power to build a bright future!
"We know that children don't come in pieces, and that we must work together to ensure that children have the comprehensive support that they need to thrive"
- Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of Children's Defense Fund

Your support helps CDF-MN to advocate, organize, educate and amplify the voices of the community. Now more than ever, empowering and including voices of all members of the community is urgently important.

Minnesota's children will become our future doctors, lawyers, engineers, educators, and more. CDF-MN is committed to supporting all Minnesota's children to thrive and be able to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. We invite all of you who care about children to join us. 


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