All children deserve high-quality experiences that nurture their curiosity and capacity to learn from the very beginning of life through adulthood, and it is especially critical that effective, wraparound supports are provided to youth facing poverty, systemic racism, immigration threats and other obstacles to learning and educational success.
With an unyielding emphasis on equity, we aim to align and transform California’s early care and education, K-12, and higher education systems to better prepare all kids for college, career, and civic life. We work to ensure children receive high-quality early care and education and enter school ready to learn. We advocate for a K-12 system that provides students with a rigorous academic experience with highly qualified and well trained teachers, in environments that are safe, has the supports they need to succeed, and where students feel connected and are engaged with the community. We also work to increase access to affordable public higher education opportunities for young adults that lead to the successful completion of courses, credentials and degrees.
Our Areas of Work
Early Care and Education
High-Quality Child Care
Early Learning Workforce Compensation & Training
Preschool & Transitional Kindergarten
Dual Language & English Learners
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Teacher Preparation, Training & Diversity
School Climate & Discipline
School-Based Health Services
Afterschool & Summer Learning
College Affordability & Student Financial Aid
Postsecondary Readiness & Access
Student Success and Completion
Teacher Training & Credentialing
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Meet the education experts.
Children Now is led by the top children’s research, policy, communications and advocacy experts. With decades of experience in their specific areas, our experts work closely with policymakers and influential leaders throughout the state to craft, promote, enact and implement scalable change for kids.
Vince Stewart Vice President, Policy and Programs
Jessica L. Sawko Director, Education
Rob Manwaring Senior Policy & Fiscal Advisor, Education
Stacy Lee Chief Learning Officer and Senior Managing Director, Early Childhood