Ending Child Poverty Now: Local Approaches for California

October 12, 2016

The crisis of child poverty devastates communities across the state. Nearly one in four California children were living in poverty between 2013 and 2015, according to a California Budget & Policy Center analysis for the Supplemental Poverty Measure. Child poverty has negative consequences that last a lifetime: poor children are less healthy, less likely to enter school ready to learn, and less likely to graduate from high school than their peers. As a result, these children are more likely to be poor as adults and more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system. The urgent challenge of child poverty leaves community members, policymakers and child advocates asking: what can be done at the local level to lift children out of poverty?

Ending Child Poverty Now: Local Approaches to California outlines six strategic priorities that cities and counties should consider when addressing child poverty:

  1. Enable Parents and Caregivers to Find Work that Pays a Living Wage
  2. Develop a Robust Safety Net to Help Families When they Fall on Hard Times
  3. Implement Financial Capability and Asset-Building Programs to Promote Youth and Family Economic Success
  4. Create Dedicated Funding Mechanisms to Support Local Anti-Poverty Strategies
  5. Identify Specific Local Needs and Develop Strong Partnerships to Coordinate and Target Resources
  6. Invest in Education, Health, and Youth Development to Break the Cycle of Poverty

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