Policy Priorities

California’s long-term prosperity depends upon all children having an equal chance to thrive and succeed. To that end, we champion statewide and local public policies that expand opportunities for youth to grow up in safe neighborhoods, access comprehensive health coverage, and be educated in positive learning environments.

End Child Poverty

California has the highest child poverty rate in the nation.

We engage in research and policy analysis and build coalitions to advocate for policies at the local, state, and federal levels that reduce child poverty. We support state legislation and budget actions and local efforts to invest in policies and programs that increase employment and make work pay for parents and expand the social safety net to ensure children’s basic needs are met.

We also recognize the need to create policies that break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children and families have access to affordable health care, quality early learning, high-performing schools, and families and neighborhoods free from violence. 

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Education Equity

All students have a right to be educated in a positive, safe, and supportive learning environment.

We develop data-driven research that highlights the impact that school climate has on student achievement and advocate for more positive and fair school discipline policies and practices at the state and local level.

We also collaborate with students, parents, and grassroots organizations to make sure that school resources are equitably allocated to ensure all students have everything they need to succeed.

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Children's Health

Children with health coverage have better access to needed care, live healthier lives, and perform better in school.

We advocate for policies that ensure that all California children, regardless of their immigration status, race, ethnicity or family income, have the access to the affordable, comprehensive health coverage and care they need to grow up healthy and ready to learn.

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Justice for Youth

Juvenile incarceration is expensive and ineffective.

We develop innovative research, public policy and best practices that empower lawmakers and communities to expand effective community based alternatives to juvenile incarceration. We also work closely with systems leaders to ensure that youth in the state's juvenile justice facilities receive fair, positive, and developmentally appropriate treatment.

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Children's State Budget Watch

The state budget is an important moral statement of what we value as Californians and where our priorities lie.

We advocate to increase California's investments in quality child care and early education, health care, education, and other programs that help create a level playing field for all children.

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Children's Bill Watch

We support statewide legislation that helps ensure a level playing field for all children. We focus our efforts on bills that increase children’s access to health coverage, strengthen the social safety net, promote equity in public education and ensure justice for youth.

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