Dear Lord be good to me. The sea is so wide and my boat is so small

The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® 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 with the help of caring families and communities. Full Mission Statement »

  • 1st Annual Oakland Weekend of Hope

    Please join us at Oscar Grant/ Frank Ogawa Plaza on the weekend of April 11th as we recognize the people and ideas that are working to stem the tide of violence in Oakland. Event information »

  • Governor Releases Annual Budget Proposal

    Governor Brown's proposed budget fails to recognize the need to restore and strengthen California's tattered safety net. Learn more »

  • Reforming L.A.'s Juvenile Justice System

    L.A. County has a opportunity to make sweeping improvements to the way it rehabilitates incarcerated youth with a project to create a modern probation camp model that is less prison-like and more therapeutic. Read our new policy brief »

  • 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Awards Dinner

    The 2013 Beat the Odds Honorees were celebrated at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, December 5th. Learn about the scholarship and meet the honorees »

Protect Children, Not Guns

For more than 20 years, CDF has produced a gun report “Protect Children, Not Guns” which documents the epidemic of gun violence in America. A child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes. Gun violence saturates our children’s lives. More children and teens die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre. The number of children under 5 killed by guns in 2010 was more than the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that same year. Between 1979 and 2010, 119,079 children and teens died from guns. This is more deaths in 32 years than U.S. soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam, Korean, Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined. Download and share the proposed common sense gun safety laws in CDF’s federal policy agenda that would help keep guns out of the hands of children and those who would use guns against children. Distribute the most up-to-date key facts on child and teen gun deaths and injuries and take action by signing a petition to the President and members of Congress demanding they #ProtectChildrenNotGuns.

About CDF

Learn more about CDF, our history and our Leave No Child Behind® mission.

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Britany Lewis

2011 CDF-California Beat the Odds® Scholarship Recipient

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Full-Day Kindergarten

Arm yourself with the latest information on the status of Full-Day K in California
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