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  • School Discipline, Implicit Bias, & Race

    CDF-Ohio and Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity invite you to attend a free webinar on May 8th that will explore the data and dynamics of school discipline.  Register today!

  • 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 »

  • Ohio’s KIDS COUNT: 2013 Data Book

    The Ohio’s KIDS COUNT: 2013 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

CDF-Ohio's 2015 Beat the Odds scholarship application is NOW AVAILABLE!

We need YOUR help to locate 5 deserving high school juniors. Click here to download the application and nominate a student today!

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, May 30, 2014 to qualify.

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CDF-Ohio News

Undocumented immigrants no longer deferring college dreams
April 14, 2014, The Columbus Dispatch

Editorial: Racial Divide
April 7, 2014, The Toledo Blade

Report: Black children not faring well in Ohio
April 2, 2014, The CantonRep

Minority kids lagging in Ohio, report says
April 2, 2014, The Columbus Dispatch

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About CDF

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Indyasia Johnson

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

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