From the Children Now Newsroom
Jan 14, 2015
Pro-Kid Policy Agenda provides policymakers with comprehensive roadmap to improving California children’s well-being
The 2015-16 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is the only comprehensive roadmap available for the state’s policymakers to improve opportunities for California’s children.
Nov 12, 2014
With Nearly Half of State’s Youngest Children Living in Low-Income Households, It Is Time to Try a Two-Generation Approach, According to New Report
Poverty Reduction Can be Achieved by Investing in Early Childhood Development and Parents Simultaneously
Oct 29, 2014
Children’s Well-Being Scorecard Shows Counties Where There is Room for Improvement
Data tool measures children’s well-being county by county
Aug 19, 2014
Resolution to Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress Heads to California Senate After Passing Assembly with Bipartisan Support
Statewide policies to reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress makes way to Senate
Aug 18, 2014
California Legislature Designates September School Attendance Awareness Month
California State Legislature passed a resolution that designates the September as School Attendance Awareness Month
Jul 22, 2014
25th Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book Ranks California 40th in Overall Child Well-Being
California still ranks near bottom for Education (39th) and near last for children’s Economic Well-Being (48th)
Jun 20, 2014
Children Now Statement on Final State Budget
Early Education and K-12 Support a Step in the Right Direction; Disappointment for Children’s Health
Jun 16, 2014
Children Now Statement on State Budget Agreement
Early Education and K-12 Support a Step in the Right Direction; Disappointment for Children’s Health
Jun 06, 2014
Statewide Support for Common Core Grows in California
Children Now’s Sign On Statement Receives Broad Backing
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.