Making Kids Our Nation's Top Priority

Poverty, Economic Opportunity, and Social Mobility

The Digital Equity Act Invests in Digital Navigators to Help Close the Digital Divide
Many kids learn and socialize online, but the past year's pandemic has demonstrated just how important digital literacy and online connectivity are for families. While progress has been made in... read more
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The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Sixteen million students were left offline at the start of the pandemic, but we're closer to connecting them than ever before. Families who need help paying for the internet at home now can get help... read more
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Jim Steyer
CEO and Founder | Dad of four
Congress Has a Historic Opportunity to Lift Children out of Poverty
Before the pandemic, nearly 11 million children lived in poverty in America — about one in seven children, making children the poorest age group in our country. And, of course, during the pandemic,... read more
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New Research Shows Kids' Mental Health Tied to Online Experiences
March 2021 marks one year since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the course of the last 12 months, supporting students in the transition to remote learning has been a major concern for... read more
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Huge Win to Connect Kids and Teachers at Home
When the pandemic forced 55 million schoolkids to learn from home, Common Sense went into action. We had known for years that millions of kids lacked adequate internet connections and computers at... read more
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Branching out on STEM Education
Recently scientists and science enthusiasts were excited to witness the first ever image of a black hole, thanks to the good work of Dr. Katherine Bouman, a 29-year-old scientist who created the... read more
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I Took the #MobileOnly Challenge. It Was a Disaster.
One in 10 American adults, and 21 percent of lower-income Americans, are "smartphone dependent," meaning they rely solely on a phone for broadband access. Moreover, one out of four lower-income... read more
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Keeping Kids Connected at Home and at School
The holidays have wound down, and America's kids have gone back to school. E-rate, a federal program that helps fund high-speed Internet connections in schools and libraries, is 20 years old this... read more
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