ChildFocus connects people, programs and policy to support non-profits, philanthropy and government as unrelenting champions for children, youth and families.


We work together with our clients to craft effective solutions to difficult problems by building directly on their talents and the strengths of the communities they serve. 


Over the past decade, ChildFocus has provided consulting support to more than 100 clients and their partners in 32 states. our diverse proficiencies and on-the-ground experience inform our work in policy advocacy, philanthropic advising, Technical assistance and research.


Policy Advocacy

We are passionate about policy, and we believe the best policy advocacy is informed directly by children, families and communities – and the agencies and organizations that service them. We provide a policy pipeline for our clients by translating complex federal policy developments for state and local programs and promoting community innovations to federal and state policymakers. Our policy consultation takes many forms, including:

  • Helping organizations align their policy priorities with their mission;

  • Building the capacity of our clients to advocate for sound state and federal policy reform;

  • Directly advocating for state and federal policies to advance our client’s work on behalf of children and families; and

  • Bringing the voices of youth and parents to the table to positively influence policy directions.



Philanthropic Advising

We work with a diverse group of local, state and national foundations to advise them on investment strategies that will create opportunities for children and their families to thrive.  We also help foundations execute their grant-making strategies by facilitating internal and external learning opportunities, documenting lessons learned, and curating resources for their local grantees.



Technical Assistance

Our team excels at working with government agencies and non-profits to innovate. We are happiest when we can help our clients clearly articulate their priorities and create or identify the tools that will best help them meet those priorities so children and families can succeed.




Organizations often need someone from the outside to help them assess what is working and what needs to be changed to help them advance their goals. Our team designs and assists with a number of research and program improvement activities – including consumer and workforce surveys, literature reviews, process mapping, interviewing and focus groups, and other tools – to help organizations make data-informed decisions that are rooted in the voices and experiences of the communities they serve.


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