Mission: 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 (continued in schedule o page 43)
Programs: Policy and program development and implementation: focused on early childhood development, public education, child physical and mental health, including youth development and juvenile justice: replacing the cradle to prison pipeline with one to college and career development. Addressing these needs by sponsoring freedom schools in 29 states and cities to enhance literacy, staunch children's summer learning loss, engaging parents and communities in healthy child and youth development.
leadership development and state and local capacity building: operated state and local offices which conducted child advocacy services to children, provided technical assistance and information on children's needs and solutions to faith and community leaders, service providers, child advocates, government leaders, and others.
public education, media campaigns, internet outreach and publications