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California's future prosperity depends on all our children having a fair chance to thrive and succeed. Yet, each year, we lose gifted young people to the vicious cycle of poverty, violence, under-funded schools, and inadequate health care options that too often forces them off the ladder of success and into custody of the juvenile justice system - or worse.
Our 2018 policy agenda, Leveling The Playing Field for California 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. Grounded in the experiences, voices, and leadership of children, youth, and families most affected by inequities, this policy agenda focuses on policies that lift children out of poverty, provide quality health care to every child, ensure educational equity, and transform the juvenile justice system to focus on prevention and rehabilitation
The President outlined his agenda in the State of the Union, but our nation’s vulnerable children across the country are left without hope from this Administration. This address was silent to the shameful problems related to homelessness, hunger, education, early childhood development, youth justice and child welfare outlined in a letter Marian Wright Edelman sent the White House ahead of the State of the Union. We must continue our march toward progress.
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"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.