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Our future prosperity depends on all of our children having a fair chance to thrive and succeed. Yet each year we lose gifted young people who are born trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty, violence, under-funded schools, and inadequate or non-existent health care options that too often forces them off the ladder of success and into custody of the juvenile justice system - or worse.
Leveling the Playing Field for Children identifies the steps that California lawmakers can take today to ensure that all our children have what they need to realize their potential tomorrow. Recognizing that children don’t come in pieces, the policy agenda focuses and lifts up those policies that lift children out of poverty, expand access to health coverage and a high-quality education, and transform the juvenile justice system to focus on prevention and rehabilitation.
CDF Freedom Schools: Communities, families, parents, and young adults coming together to give children an unforgettable educational experience. Get involved.
"While I continue to face challenges at home head on, at school I remain focused and committed to achieving success. The CDF Beat the Odds scholarship represents this success." - Vincent Zamarripa, 2015 Beat the Odds Honoree.
CA: Fare Evasion to No Longer be a Crime for Minors in California
August 23, 2016, Mass Transit
Governor Brown Signs Bill to Decriminalize Transit Fare Evasion Citations for Youths
August 22, 2016, Press Release
Calif. Considers New Limits On Juvenile Solitary Confinement
August 10, 2016, Capital Public Radio
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry
July 18-22, 2016