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Children Now Statement on Gov. Newsom’s Proposed 2021-22 Budget


OAKLAND, CA— Children Now President Ted Lempert issued the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s 2021-22 proposed budget:

“The Administration’s proposal for the most part fails to heed this week’s call from more than 1,000 diverse groups around the state to prioritize kids in the state budget. For example, while the proposal dramatically augments federal investments in some other areas, it does not include significant new state investments for our fragile child care system, which is essential to getting our economy back on track. California leaders must urgently address the fact that kids – especially kids of color, kids in poverty and youth in foster care – have been disproportionally impacted by the pandemic, and the learning loss and increase in mental health issues threatens their – and our collective – future.”


Children Now is a non-partisan, whole-child research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education in California. The organization also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a network of over 4,100 direct service, parent, civil rights, faith-based and community groups dedicated to improving children’s well-being.