From the Children Now Newsroom
Apr 01, 2014
New National, State Scorecard Shows California Children Face Troubling Racial Inequity
Report finds California has much ground to cover to ensure that all kids reach key milestones
Jan 07, 2014
Report Finds Major Weaknesses in California Kids’ Well-Being Remain Despite Recent Efforts
Economic Outcomes Tied to Fixing Problems in State’s System of Supports for Children
Nov 04, 2013
Lifetime Trajectory Shaped in Earliest Years, Investing in Early Childhood Development Would Help Break Cycle of Poverty in California Says New Report
Nearly Half of State’s Youngest Children Now Living in Low-Income Households
Sep 09, 2013
Sharyn Church to Lead Los Angeles Arm of Children Now
Children Now today announced Sharyn Church will head its expanding operations in greater Los Angeles.
Jun 24, 2013
California Ranks 41st Nationally in Children’s Well-Being, Shows No Improvement versus Year Ago
For the second consecutive year, California ranks 41st out of the 50 states in children’s overall well-being, according to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today in partnership with Children Now.
Feb 27, 2013
New Report Shows California’s Youth Incarceration among Highest in the Nation and Largely Ineffective
This KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot shows California’s high youth incarceration rate, highlighting the need for a more pro-active, effective approach.
Jan 08, 2013
New “Pro-Kid Policy Agenda” Stresses California Has Much to Gain If Improving Children’s Health and Education Prioritized
Released today, the 2013-14 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is a guide to the top state-level policymaking priorities for children.
Dec 21, 2012
Children Now statement in response to today's FTC follow-up report on food marketing to children
Statement by Eileen Espejo, director of media & health policy for Children Now.
Dec 03, 2012
New Report Finds More Than 850,000 “Disconnected Youth” Neither in School nor Working in California
Nationwide, employment among Americans, ages 16-24, are at its lowest since World War II.
Oct 09, 2012
New Report Provides Unique, Detailed View of Children's Well-Being in Each California County
An interactive, online report released today delivers a current and comprehensive picture of children’s condition in every one of California’s 58 counties.
Sep 14, 2012
Children Now Statement on Supporting Propositions 30 and 38
Children Now announced today it is supporting both Propositions 30 and 38 on this November’s ballot, joining other leading education voices endorsing both initiatives.
Jul 24, 2012
California 41st in the Nation on Children’s Well-Being, According to New Report
With the exception of Health, where California ranks 23rd, the state ranks at the bottom of all other categories of children’s well-being.
Jun 13, 2012
Public Outcry over Proposed State Budget Cuts to Kids Hits YouTube
A broad group of respected leaders and concerned citizens are posting videos onto a YouTube channel to express their opposition to children shouldering a huge portion of the $8.3 billion in budget cuts proposed by the Brown Administration.
May 22, 2012
More than 330,000 California Children Raised by Relatives and Family Friends, Report Finds
Over 2.7 million children in the nation live in kinship care, according to a new KIDS COUNT report released today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Children Now.
Feb 23, 2012
1 in 8 U.S. Children in High-Poverty Communities Lives in California
More than one million California children live in high-poverty areas, according to the new KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot released today by The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Children Now.
Sep 22, 2011
Children Now Statement on National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Children Now is encouraged by the attention given to childhood obesity. However, among the many steps taken to address the obesity epidemic, Children Now remains concerned about the lack of progress made to curb unhealthy food marketing to children.
Aug 17, 2011
New Data Book Spotlights Recession's Impact on California Kids
Data released today finds that approximately 3.2 million California children live in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.
May 20, 2011
California's Revised Budget Proposal and Its Potential Impact on Kids
Supporting children is clearly the best investment the state can make, yet even in the best of times, children are not the top priority in state spending.
May 16, 2011
Torlakson to Host State Policy Forum on Improving School Attendance
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will host a policy forum exploring what keeps students from coming to school in the first place and how schools and communities can partner to bring them back to the classroom.
Apr 28, 2011
Children Now statement on nutrition and marketing standards proposed today by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children
Statement by Jeff McIntyre, national policy director for Children Now.
Mar 29, 2011
Donna Friedman Meir Joins Children Now's Board of Directors to Help Build The Children's Movement
Children Now today announced that Donna Friedman Meir was elected to Children Now’s board of directors.
Feb 09, 2011
National Foundation Marks Children's Health Anniversary with Grant to Help Cover More California Kids
Packard Foundation cites work of Children Now, The Children’s Partnership, California Children’s Health Initiatives, and United Ways of California as critical to continued progress.
Dec 20, 2010
Children's Policy Agenda Served to California's New Leaders
Citing the state’s failure to prioritize kids, a comprehensive plan addressing the systemic education and health problems undermining children’s development was delivered to California’s incoming policymakers today.
Sep 29, 2010
Research Reveals Unique Fingerprint of Child Well-Being for Each California County
No two places in the state are alike in terms of the condition of their children, according to the 2010 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, an online research and advocacy tool released today.
Aug 26, 2010
California Legislature Approves Bill to Support an Early Warning System to Prevent Student Dropout
The California State Senate today gave final approval to legislation that would create an early warning system for high school dropout prevention, tracking student attendance as early as kindergarten.
Aug 25, 2010
New Resource for Journalists Covering Education
With California’s budgets in continuing crisis mode and resulting cuts in state funding for programs meeting children’s needs, Children Now has released a new 27-page guide, which covers the state’s myriad early learning and development programs, services, and funding streams.
May 18, 2010
State Ranks 46th in Fourth Grade Reading Proficiency
A new report released today highlights the need to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade, a critical academic milestone that can predict whether or not children graduate from high school.
May 12, 2010
New "Children's Movement" Launched to Give Children Power Needed in Interest Group Politics
Children do not have enough lobbying dollars or campaign contributions or enough people organized behind them to get the attention they need in interest group politics, according to Children Now, a leading nonpartisan, nonprofit children’s public policy organization, that today launched “The Children’s Movement” to organize a public pro-kid constituency.
Feb 22, 2010
President Obama’s Health Reform Proposal Makes Children a Priority
President Barack Obama today unveiled a proposal outlining sweeping reforms to the nation’s health care system, including the preservation of children’s health care coverage programs and recommendations to expand coverage for children.
Jan 06, 2010
Children Now Statement in Response to Gov. Schwarzenegger's State of the State Address
Ted Lempert, President of Children Now, on today’s State of the State address.
Jan 04, 2010
Status of California’s Kids Critical to Restoring Economic Stability in State, According to New Children Now Report Card
Significant changes to children’s health care and education policies are required for California to regain its financial footing and safeguard its future economic competitiveness, according to a new study released today from Children Now.
Dec 14, 2009
Foods Advertised to Children on TV Remain Nutritionally Poor, Despite Industry Pledge
Landmark report raises serious doubt about the future viability of industry self-regulation to help address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.
Aug 20, 2009
Children Now statement in response to Gov. Schwarzenegger's press conference on recovery funding for education
Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, on Gov. Schwarzenegger’s special session on education.
Jul 28, 2009
2009 Data Book Highlights Opportunities to Improve California Children’s Well-Being
Report shows that, between 2000 and 2006-07, California improved on five of 10 measures that affect children’s well-being.
Jan 06, 2009
Investing in Children Key to Righting California Economy, According to New Children Now “Report Card”
The issues weakening California children’s well-being are also undermining the economic prosperity of the state as a whole, according to a new study.
Nov 12, 2008
Only 1 in 8 Children's Educational TV Programs Meet High Quality Standards, According to New Study by Children Now
A new study by Children Now reveals substantial deficiencies in children’s educational television programming and raises serious doubts about broadcasters’ commitments to the nation’s children.
Oct 22, 2008
State’s Future Depends on Coordinated, Community-Based Solutions to Improve Children’s Outcomes, New Children Now Report Shows
To shore up California’s economic and civic outlook, state and community leaders, advocates and concerned citizens must work to address the many local environmental factors that together influence children’s development, according to a new report by Children Now.
Jul 29, 2008
Children Now statement in response to the Federal Trade Commission’s report on food and beverage marketing to children
Study found that companies spent $1.6 billion in 2006 to promote food and beverages to children, with television continuing to dominate the advertising landscape.
Jun 12, 2008
California Drops to 22nd of 50 States in New National Study on Children’s Well-Being
California continues its slide in the national rankings of children’s well-being, according to a new report released today by Children Now and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Jun 11, 2008
Children Now statement in response to FCC Commissioner Adelstein's speech on children's media
Adelstein spoke today at the Media Institute, where he outlined his proactive agenda to improve the media environment for our nation’s children.
May 14, 2008
Children Now statement in response to May Revise
Children Now statement on Governor Schwarzenegger’s revisions to the California state budget.
Apr 08, 2008
18,000 Children in Low-Income Working Families to Lose Child Care if Proposed Budget Cuts Are Enacted
Reductions totaling over $198 million statewide would result in the loss of over 18,000 child care spaces in California for low-income working families.
Mar 14, 2008
Children Now's Lempert regarding the recommendations released today by the Committee on Educational Excellence
Children Now statement on K-12 findings by Governor-appointed committee.
Jan 03, 2008
The Future of California's Kids on the Line in 2008, According to New Children Now Report Card, "The State of the State's Children"
Public policy decisions in 2008 are critical to determining the well-being of California’s children and the state for years to come.
Sep 20, 2007
New Report Exposes the Damaging Effects of Duopolies on Children's Television
When media companies are allowed to own multiple television stations in a single market, children suffer the consequences, according to new research released today.
Aug 15, 2007
New Report Corrects Misperceptions about Children from Immigrant Families
Eighty-five percent of children from immigrant families in California are citizens and three-quarters of them are bilingual, according to a new Children Now report.
Jul 25, 2007
California Slips to 19th of 50 States in New National Study of Children’s Well-Being
California stacks up poorly against other states in supporting its children, according to a new report.
Jun 20, 2007
How California Children Are Faring Depends on the County in Which They Live
Wide disparities in children’s well-being from county to county are presented in a new report by Children Now.
Jun 14, 2007
New Report on California's "Border Kids" Breaks Stereotypes
Children living along the California-Mexico border face substantial challenges to their health and educational well-being, according to a new report.
May 14, 2007
Children Now's Statement on Governor Schwarzenegger's Budget Revisions
Statement from Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, regarding Governor Schwarzenegger’s state budget revisions.
Apr 25, 2007
Children Now's Statement on FCC Report on TV Violence
Statement in reaction to the Federal Communications Commission’s report on television violence.
Feb 25, 2007
Children Now's Miller on the FCC's Fine Against Univision
Statement on the FCC’s decision to fine Univision for airing children’s soap operas to fulfill educational programming requirements.
Jan 07, 2007
Children Now's Lempert on Gov. Schwarzenegger's Agenda for California's Children
Children Now statement on the proposed California budget for 2007-08.
Nov 30, 2006
California Voters Support Spending More Money on Schools, But Only with More Accountability, According to New Poll
As the state legislature gets set to reconvene next Monday and Governor Schwarzenegger launches a new term, voters are looking for comprehensive changes to the public education system.
Oct 27, 2006
Children Now to Speak at Oakland Media Ownership Forum
Today, Children Now will testify in a community forum on media consolidation.
Oct 25, 2006
Coalition Urges FCC to Prioritize Children's Needs in Media Ownership Review
The Children’s Media Policy Coalition urged the Federal Communications Commission to protect children’s interests before making changes to media ownership rules.
Oct 03, 2006
Children Now's Lempert to Speak at L.A. Hearing on Media Ownership
Today, the Federal Communications Commission will hold its first public hearing in Los Angeles to discuss media ownership rules.
Sep 26, 2006
Children Now Praises FCC for Adoption of Kids' Digital Television Agreement
Children Now reacted to today’s Federal Communications Commission ruling on children’s television programming and advertising.
Sep 21, 2006
Governor Signs SB 638, a Children Now Bill
Today, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 638, which greatly expands the availability of after school programs in California.
Sep 01, 2006
Legislature Shows New Signs of Life in Addressing Children's Needs
Three Children Now-sponsored bills received bipartisan support for their common-sense approaches to improving children’s well-being.
Jul 20, 2006
Senators Clinton and Brownback Keynote Conference on Digital Advertising Targeting Children
A conference including Senators Clinton (D-NY) and Brownback (R-KS) is being held today to explore current and emerging digital advertising practices targeting children.
Jul 14, 2006
Disparities in San Diego Children's Well-Being Reflect Distribution of Mexican Immigrants
The issues affecting children in border communities should not be perceived as just on the border, according to new research issued by Children Now.
Jun 27, 2006
How Children Fared in California State Budget
California budget reflects solid support for children’s education, including preschool, but fails to broaden children’s health coverage.
Jun 27, 2006
California Losing Ground on National Indicators of Children's Well-being
Children’s well-being in California is no longer improving as steadily as it did in the late 1990s, according to a new report.
May 17, 2006
Innovative Local Efforts Exemplify the Benefits of Providing Quality Preschool Programs to All Children
Several communities throughout California are successfully addressing the statewide need for increased access to quality preschool programs, according to a new report from Children Now.
Mar 13, 2006
FCC Moves One Step Closer to New TV Rules
Children Now statement on the FCC’s vote to open the revised digital television rules for public comment.
Mar 01, 2006
A New Era of Television Rules to Educate and Protect Children Begins Today
New TV rules ensure children continue to be provided three hours of educational programming per broadcast station per week.
Jan 17, 2006
California Children and Economy Would Benefit If Proven Policies Were Implemented
New report by the Center for the Study of Social Policy offers a state-by-state analysis of effective policies and recommendations for California to consider.
Jan 10, 2006
Children's Well-being Only Partially Addressed In Proposed 2006-07 State Budget
Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2006-07 state budget includes commendable funding increases for children’s health and education programs, but they are not nearly enough to actually fix the problems.