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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.
New U.S. Census State and Local Data on Poverty Underscores Need for Bold Action to Reduce Child Poverty in California
September 15, 2016, Children's Defense Fund-California
Why California Must End Child Poverty
September 15, 2016, The Huffington Post
Happy, Healthy, and Ready to Learn!
September 1, 2016,
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry
July 18-22, 2016