Author: Sandra Sanchez

Letter to the Editor

From our CEO, Conway Collis: Here’s what we know: when people learn that California has the highest poverty rate in the country they’re shocked, then outraged, and then ready for action. We know that people will support legislative goals to end child poverty if they know the reality of the issue. So, last week I… Read More »

BREAKING: AB 1520, The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, Passes CA Legislature without a Dissenting Vote

Just a day after the U.S. Census Bureau released new numbers that show that California still has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, California took a groundbreaking step to address the problem by sending AB 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, to the Governor’s desk. “California is… Read More »

Enough Is Enough with the “Bootstraps”

The “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” phrase is everywhere. But let’s name it for what it is: a bully phrase that insults millions of working families living on a razor’s edge every day. If you pay attention to stories and statistics, you know that working families are already pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.… Read More »

New Video About California’s Child Poverty Crisis

California can dramatically reduce child poverty with research-backed solutions. Legislation now in the State Senate will create a roadmap for California to cut child poverty in half over 20 years. But most Californians don’t even know that we have the highest child poverty in the nation. That’s why we created this brand new video. Child poverty is… Read More »

AB 1520 Passes Senate Human Services Committee

On Tuesday, The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act (AB 1520) passed the Senate Human Services Committee by a unanimous and bipartisan vote. Since its introduction, AB 1520 has been amended to create a statewide task force made up of leaders inside and outside of government charged with developing a comprehensive, data-driven plan to eliminate… Read More »

State Budget Wins for California Kids

Governor Jerry Brown just signed the 2017–2018 budget that includes some key wins for California’s children living in poverty: More than one million more households will now be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a program that puts money back in the pockets of poor working families. The expansion raises the eligibility… Read More »

Get the Facts on AB 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force

Assembly Bill 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, creates an expert task force made up of leaders and stakeholders from inside and outside government that will develop a comprehensive, data-driven plan that lays the groundwork to end child poverty in California. AB 1520, authored by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and sponsored by… Read More »

Applying Science to Solve Poverty: CA’s AB 1520

By David Grusky, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality (Above, Professor Grusky testifies at an April hearing for AB 1520) May 2017 – When a highway bridge collapses in California, as one recently did in Big Sur, there’s no paralyzing legislative debate about whether to fix it, how… Read More »

Moms in Support of AB 1520

We’re honoring moms this week, because after-school programs, early childhood education, and access to high-quality child care benefit more than kids–they help lift moms out of poverty, too. Failure to address child poverty guarantees the continued cycle of poverty. Moms want more for our kids and their futures. Moms need support, and strong moms support… Read More »