Leveling The Playing Field for California's Children

Leveling The Playing Field for California's Children

Released: February 2017

All California children deserve the opportunity and support to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, the path to success for many children is frustrated by historical and present-day inequality and discrimination. The Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) works to level the playing field and build a better future – where a child’s ability to lead a healthy and successful life is not dependent on skin color, zip code, family income or legal status.

In the face of new political threats, we remain vigilant in protecting and championing programs and policies that safeguard children’s essential right to well-being, including their rights to health, education and justice. We continue to fight for policies that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to affordable health coverage and a high-quality education, and transform the juvenile justice system to focus on education, youth development and healing. Our work to transform systems is grounded in the experiences, voices, and leadership of children, youth, and families most impacted by inequities.