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August Newsletter

Five Years of Funding Our Kids

In 2018, we started Children’s Funding Project based on a simple idea—kids can’t thrive without sustained financial investments in the programs and services that support them. Since then, our collective work has reached 151 communities and states! As we mark our fifth anniversary, we’re celebrating the people, places, and partners that support kids.

Check out our five-year impact report, a message from our CEO and board chairperson, and team spotlights below.

Read Our Impact Report
Message from Our CEO and Board Chairperson 

What's New

Interview with Karen Pittman, Lifelong Youth Development Advocate 

Our CEO Elizabeth Gaines sat down with Karen Pittman, who served in President Clinton’s administration, started the Forum for Youth Investment, and currently is a partner at KP Catalysts (not to mention one of the inspirations for Children’s Funding Project). 

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Upcoming Webinar: How to Prioritize Kids in Your State Legislative Session

State and local governments raise trillions of dollars in taxes every year. But too little of that goes to funding robust support systems for children. As you gear up for next year’s legislative session, we’ll explore five different types of bills that state advocates are using to direct more sustained funding to early childhood.

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Meet Our Amazing Team

Our team is always growing and learning. They are busy creating resources and coaching local leaders to build the budget prowess of advocates for kids. In addition to being experts on funding policy, they bring a wealth of prior experience working on behalf of kids. It’s those experiences that drive them every day to improve funding so children and youth can thrive. Meet some of them below:

In Case You Missed It

State Legislators Expand Child Care Investments

States wrapped up the 2023 legislative session with significant investments in kids, collectively allocating nearly $2 billion in new money for children and youth! Our new blog post highlights the states leading the way.

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American Rescue Plan Dollars for Child Care

We sat down with Franklin County, OH, commissioner Erica Crawley to discuss how she led Franklin County to allocate $22.5 million in American Rescue Plan money to support early childhood programs. 

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Summer Reading List

With the dog days of summer in full swing, now’s a great time to dive into some summer reading. Our collection of 101 fact sheets and recent reports will help you brush up on some of the techniques communities are using to better fund children and youth programs. If you’re interested in strengthening this work your community, reach out to us.

Funding Our Kids 101

Expanding Your Knowledge

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