America's children and youth are our nation's future. They are our future elected leaders, including presidents, members of Congress, state legislators and city council members. They are our future business leaders, bankers, CEOS, managers, and workers. They will be our future lawyers, doctors, and nurses. And they will be the caretakers of our nation's older generations, and parents to our younger ones.

Investments made now in children, including in the areas of education, nutrition, health, safety and economic security, are investments in America's future. And research has shown that they are some of the smartest investments, we as a nation can make. That is why the CLC supports investments needed across the age spectrum from birth to young adulthood, and across the issue spectrum.

The CLC areas of focus include early care and education, child and family economic security, children's health and safety, and in youth development.