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A smarter system starts in Los Angeles

Make no mistake: working families in Los Angeles face countless challenges when trying to get ahead. From skyrocketing rents to the jaw-dropping cost of childcare, families on a budget have difficult choices to make every single day. That’s what makes organizations like our partners Shields for Families so essential. We recently visited their ASK program… Read More »

Fresno shows us how it’s done.

  People ask us all the time: “How can we possibly end child poverty?” Here’s the good news: In California, we have the answers. We just need the courage and will to finally bring proven methods to bear state-wide. In many ways, Fresno is a model for this state-wide approach to fighting child poverty. Thanks… Read More »

Voices of the Movement: Ilene Garcia

You know the story. A teen mom drops out of high school. Gives in to depression. Gives up on life. Thanks to Youth Policy Institute (YPI), that’s not my story. When I held my son for the first time, I felt pride, joy, but most of all terror. I was raised by a single mom… Read More »

“Something is going on here.” – Voices from Fresno

Far too often, decisions are made from the top down that affect hardworking people across the state. This campaign has always been about families first, which is why we’re committed to listening before we talk. We want to learn what’s truly working—and what isn’t—so we can create a comprehensive plan that ends deep child poverty… Read More »

It’s a start

Dear Fellow Californian, Last Friday, we took a step forward in our movement to end deep child poverty once and for all in our state. Thanks to the work of the California State Legislature and the Brown Administration — as well as the voices of concerned Californians like you — our new state budget strengthens… Read More »

Courage, compassion, and will

I’m frustrated and you should be, too. Here’s why: We know how to end child poverty in the fifth largest economy in the world. Yet 1 in 5 California children still wakes up hungry or on the edge of homelessness. Every. Single. Day. The good news: There’s a simple way you can make a big… Read More »

Voices of the Movement: Laura Lomeli & Andre Shirley

When you were a child and needed help, who did you call? Maybe you leaned on a parent, an aunt, or an uncle for some much-needed advice or simply a comforting voice. Ask a foster kid this same question, though, and you’ll most likely get a very different answer: nobody. As former foster youth, we… Read More »

Voices of the Movement: Sister Julie Kubasak

  You know the statistics. Nearly two million California children — that’s one in every five kids — lives in poverty. As a native Californian and a Christian, that pains me, as I’m sure it pains you and everyone who cares about the future of the state we call home. But my message to you… Read More »

Voices of the Movement: Sharonda Wade

  Here in California, we encourage our children to be anything they want to be. Maybe they dream of being a doctor, an astronaut, or even an actor. No matter who they are, though, one thing no child dreams of being is hungry. That includes children from low-income families and especially children who live, breathe,… Read More »

Do Your Taxes for Free. Get Your Money.

If budgets are tight in your family—and for most Californians, they are—then you probably dread tax season. But if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, taking the time to claim a good return can keep food on the table. It takes an expert’s eye to get it right, but not everyone can hire an accountant. Luckily, our partners… Read More »