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New “Pro-Kid Policy Agenda” Stresses California Has Much to Gain If Improving Children’s Health and Education Prioritized

Jan 08, 2013

Oakland, CA—Released today, the 2013-14 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is a guide to the top state-level policymaking priorities for children. It covers the foundational children’s policy areas of Education, Health, Integrated Services, and Child Welfare, placing a consistent emphasis on equity, access, quality, and accountability. Compiled by Children Now, the state’s leading multi-issue advocacy organization for kids and leader of The Children’s Movement of California, the Agenda reflects the knowledge of the many children’s health and education coalitions in which the organization is involved.

There is no lack of evidence that a Pro-Kid approach to policymaking would improve the economic and civic prosperity of the state. There also is no lack of public support in California for children. In fact, few if any issues are so broadly backed. Yet, while California’s state and local tax revenues rank among the highest in the nation on both a per capita and percentage of personal income basis the state ranks 41st nationally on children’s well-being overall and near the bottom in school funding.

“California’s priorities clearly are out of whack,” said Ted Lempert, president of Children Now president and a former state assemblymember. “We have no expectation that everyone will endorse all of the items included in the Agenda, though many may. Rather, the Agenda’s value to anyone supporting any topic in it lies in the overarching Pro-Kid framework it establishes, which addresses the longstanding problem of too many uncoordinated, single-issue efforts for kids overwhelming policymakers, marginalizing one another, and limiting results.”

The Agenda provides the state’s leaders, stakeholders, and others with a single policymaking roadmap to understanding the full scope of what’s needed to improve all children’s outcomes, and it addresses the disproportionate impacts of poverty and race on a child’s chances of success.

The 2013-14 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is publicly available at www.childrennow.org/prokidagenda.

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