California has the highest child poverty rate in the United States, affecting over 1 in 5 children. Children of color, especially Black and Latino children, bear this burden disproportionately, leading to lifelong consequences such as reduced educational opportunities and increased likelihood of poverty, poor health, and involvement in the criminal justice system.
We envision a California where every young person lives free from poverty, hunger, and insecurity. We are dedicated to providing children with the chance to reach their full potential, shielding them from the enduring impacts of poverty.
Our mission is to end child poverty by advocating for effective policies at local, state, and federal levels. This includes elevating CalWORKs benefits to eradicate deep child poverty, enhancing refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, bolstering the social safety net through nutrition programs, affordable housing, and quality child care, and implementing policies that break the cycle of poverty by ensuring access to healthcare, early learning, excellent schools, and safe communities.