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Tell Congress: Be Careful What You Cut


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

    Read the latest Child Watch® column from CDF president Marian Wright Edelman.


    Montana Specific Resources

    New Report - 10 Needs for Montana's Children

    Investments in children today will ensure a healthy future for all Montanans.  This report outlines the 10 needs for Montana's children that, if prioritized today, will bring great rewards in the years to come.

    Download the report, 10 Needs for Montana's Children by CDF-MT.

    CDF's State of America's Children

    Learn how children in Montana are faring with this CDF fact sheet, from CDF's State of America's Children.

    KIDS COUNT data on Montana Children

    In addition, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, through its KIDS COUNT project, annually tracks how children and their families are doing with state and community-specific data. This Montana KIDS COUNT profile shows key indicators, how the data is trending and compares to national trends on child well-being.

    Find more state and community-level data at the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

    A 2012 report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends. Stepping Up For Kids includes the latest data for states, as well as a set of recommendations on how to support kinship families.

    Montana Budget & Policy Center provides in-depth research and analysis on budget, tax and economic issues. Their mission is to advance sound public policy through timely and objective research and analysis in order to promote shared prosperity and opportunity for all Montanans.


    Read the latest news on children's issues around the nation and also from Children's Defense Fund.

    Bridge to Benefits®

    Currently, thousands of Montana children and their families are skipping meals or going without needed medical care because they have marginal incomes and are unaware that they may be eligible for benefits that could bring them economic stability. To help solve this problem, CDF-MT, in partnership with Great Falls-based Rural Dynamics, Inc., has launched "Bridge to Benefits®," a valuable outreach effort that will improve the economic situations for thousands of Montana children and their families and help stabilize the state's economy and work force.

    The web-based project will help connect eligible working families across Montana with work support benefits, such as energy assistance, health care, child care assistance, food support, school meals and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Learn more.


    Have fun watching this video while remembering why investing in in Montana's future makes economic sense for all our futures!

    The National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Manual

    This multi-faith resource for year-round child advocacy serves as a guide for you and your faith community to engage in child and family advocacy work. The manual includes resources for worship services, education programs, direct service activities, and social justice initiatives for your congregation, organization or community. Learn more and order your copy today.