The Children's Defense Fund's 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.
The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.
CDF's Southern Regional Office opened in Jackson, MS in January 1995 and works in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. CDF grew out of the civil rights movement in these southern states, where slavery, segregation, and poverty have diminished the opportunities for generations of children. Today, MS ranks 50th among states in many measures of child welfare, per pupil expenditures, percentage of children who are poor, percentage of babies born at low birth weight and infant mortality with many of the other southern states not far behind. We support Mississippi's children through work on Policy Priorities, SPARK, SRBWI, Youth Leadership Programs,Freedom Schools®,Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign and Asset Development.