Children Now’s mission is to find common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policymakers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative, “win-win” approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential.
Figure: Children Now’s Approach (Click to enlarge image)
Our nation’s leaders often speak of children being a priority, yet the reality is that children continue to be underrepresented and under-funded by state and federal policymakers. Their well-being is steadily declining because our political system is driven by the interplay and competition among interest groups.
Interest groups rely on the established sources of political power—organized constituencies, lobbying dollars and campaign contributions—to get results. Since children currently do not have any source of political power behind them, they have no competitive voice in this system.
“But they’re kids,” you may be thinking, “aren’t their issues treated differently?” They’re not. 25 years of experience on the front lines and the opinions of the top political analysts with whom we’ve strategized tell us that children are subject to the same political forces as any other issue.
Children Now—and your participation in The Children’s Movement—gives children the source of political power they need. Together, we can hold policymakers and industry more accountable by giving children a stronger voice in interest group-driven politics. We, as a unified force, can bring attention to the tremendous opportunities our society has in establishing better policies and practices concerning our children.
Children Now’s work is funded by the following foundations and organizations, as well as by individual contributions.
The Atlantic Philanthropies
Atlas Family Foundation
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Birth to Five Policy Alliance
California Community Foundation and Ford Foundation
California Education Policy Fund (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)
The California Endowment
California HealthCare Foundation
The California Wellness Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Joseph Drown Foundation
East Bay Community Foundation
First 5 LA
Friedman Family Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
Walter S. Johnson Foundation
The Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern California Regional Community Benefit Program
Morgan Family Foundation
Pacific Life Foundation
Pew Charitable Trusts
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Silver Giving Foundation
Sisters of the Holy Family
Tikun Olam Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation