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Support the Children's Bill of Rights in California

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Overview

California has the sixth-largest economy in the world, yet California has the country's fourth-worst standard of economic well-being among children.

A new Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California (Senate Bill 18) has recently been introduced in the California State Legislature. With Senate Bill 18, Senator Dr. Richard Pan has started the process of laying out a vision of the kinds of comprehensive and research-based supports every one of our state's children should have a right to access.

Help us make sure every child in our state has access to the child care, health care, and education they need to succeed. Help us empower parents and ensure that every California child can access to the tools and supports they need to thrive in California.

What you need to know:

  • One in four of California's children doesn't have enough to eat every day.
  • Three-quarters of California's children don't receive important health screenings.
  • No state in the nation has established that children's rights are human rights or that children have a right to have their basic needs met.
  • Research has consistently demonstrated that high-quality early learning and care; supportive family environments; quality educational opportunities; and preventive, accessible, and comprehensive health care are essential to ensuring every child has the opportunity to thrive in school and life.

What the Children's Bill of Rights would do:

  • Define and govern the rights of all children and youth in California.
  • Outline the research-based essential needs of all California's children.
  • Establish standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.
  • Empower parents to access critical services.
  • Hold policymakers accountable in ensuring that California's children are its top priority.

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