The 2013-14 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California provides a single source of guidance needed to better understand and reflect the full scope of what it means to be Pro-Kid in the state’s approach to policymaking. Included are the top policy priorities for children in the foundational areas of Education, Health, Integrated Services, and Child Welfare, with a consistent emphasis on equity, access, quality, and accountability. The Agenda is the roadmap for the state’s policymakers, stakeholders, and others who want all children to have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and it addresses the disproportionate impacts of poverty and race on a child’s chances of success.

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. This framework addresses the longstanding problem of too many uncoordinated, single-issue efforts for kids overwhelming policymakers, marginalizing one another, and limiting results. Others have used similar frameworks very effectively, like the Pro-/Anti-Business framework used by the Chamber of Commerce.

There is no lack of evidence that a Pro-Kid approach to policymaking will improve the economic and civic prosperity of our state. There also is no lack of public support for children. In fact, few if any issues are so broadly backed. Furthermore, while California’s state and local tax revenues rank among the highest in the nation a both 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. Clearly we can do better for California’s kids.

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