Child poverty is not a fact of nature. Together, we’ll make sure ALL our children are healthy, fed, and housed.
California families are working hard to get ahead, yet we still have approximately 2 million children in poverty – and 450,000 children in extreme poverty. In 2019, the state budget invested $4.8 billion in End Child Poverty Plan recommendations to address the crisis. Additional key investments remain. Our children can’t wait another year.
#EndChildPovertyCA 2020 Movement Priorities
- The Child Poverty Tax Credit: Get families the money they need so they don’t have to choose between having a place to live, putting gas in the car, or paying for child care. Families are striving to escape extreme poverty; they know how to best spend their money; we can provide the boost for them to do it. This proposal alone, when fully implemented, will eliminate deep child poverty.
- Child Care: Improve access to child care and make sure child-care workers can afford to send their own children to preschool or daycare, because child care is a lifeline to keep parents working and families stable.
- Housing Supports: Increase overall housing availability and reduce evictions so that children and families don’t face the trauma and stress of homelessness.
- Health Care: Strengthen and expand community-based and school-based health care clinics to meet families where they are so they can get the care they need to keep them learning and working.
- Coordination of Services: Continue to improve the cost-effectiveness of programs that support families, focusing on community-based, collaborative, research-based solutions.
Download a printable version of the 2020 #EndChildPovertyCA Priorities
The End Child Poverty in California campaign is sponsored by GRACE (Gather, Respect, Advocate, Change, Engage) and the End Child Poverty Institute to end extreme child poverty and reduce overall child poverty in California. In close partnership with the Dolores Huerta Foundation, we are working to increase support and community engagement across the state. We invite you to be part of the movement to address the highest child poverty rate in the nation by implementing simple solutions to a complex issue.