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 »

  • Ohio's KIDS COUNT: 2014 Data Book

    The Ohio’s KIDS COUNT: 2014 Data Book provides the most current and accurate data that tracks and compares the well-being of children in Ohio and its 88 counties. Learn more »

  • Beat the Odds ® Scholarship Program

    Congratulations to our 2014 Honorees! Click here to learn more about Paóla, Carmen, Theresa, and Asiae! 

  • The State of America's Children 2014

    The State of America's Children is a comprehensive Children's Defense Fund annual report on the well-being of children.  Download and share the 2014 new report here »

  • Be Careful What You Cut

    Cutting children from the budget now will cost all of us later. Learn more and get involved >> 

Beat the Odds ® Scholarship Program

Thanks to everyone who nominated a deserving student for our 2015 Beat the Odds scholarship, and especially to those that shared their stories with us.

Applications are now under review. Please check back often for updates and announcements.

About CDF

For nearly 40 years, the Children's Defense Fund has worked to improve the lives of all children.

Indyasia Johnson

Meet Indyasia Johnson, Cincinnati, OH, 2012 Beat the Odds® scholarship recipient.

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