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Impacting poverty of this magnitude requires an unprecedented and comprehensive investment in proven strategies to give all children equal opportunity to succeed. The Four Pillars summarize our approach to reducing child poverty in California by 50%.
Research shows that many children born in poverty are already behind in cognitive development and language skills by 18 months of age. That is why services must be available to help low-income families as early as possible.
Poverty is highest for high-school dropouts–54% of high school dropouts live in poverty–therefore we must do everything we can to support our children in school through services that create individualized plans involving families, teachers, and service providers who work collaboratively to best serve the needs of a child.
Nothing fights poverty better than securing a good job with a good future. That’s why we must offer high-quality job training programs that prepare our youth for the California job market. We must also offer immediate assistance for working families so that they can help their children succeed.
Census data show that poverty is concentrated in particular geographic areas. We can better support these communities of high need if services are coordinated to serve children from cradle to college and career.
These comprehensive recommendations will eliminate deep child poverty for 450,000 California children when fully implemented. They will also dramatically reduce overall child poverty in our state while working to break the cycles of intergenerational poverty. The End Child Poverty Plan is research-based, community-informed, and achievable.