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April 2011Vol. 12, No. 3Children's Bureau Centennial Series

On April 9, 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the legislation that created the Children's Bureau, the first Federal agency to focus on the well-being of children. The conditions, personalities, and politics that led to that early legislation reflected an evolving view of children and how the government could and should help children and their families.

As we prepare to celebrate the Children's Bureau's 100 years of service, Children's Bureau Express (CBX) will look back at the political climate and social movements prevalent in the early 20th century that laid the groundwork for the creation of the Children's Bureau. The next eight issues of CBX will feature a series of short articles on the following:

Each article will briefly examine some of the factors that helped mold public and political opinions about children and government responsibility in the early 1900s. We'll also include a list of further readings.

Join us for this look at our "roots" as we prepare to mark the Children's Bureau's Centennial in 2012!