California

Children’s Defense Fund envisions a nation committed to equity and justice where children and youth live with dignity, hope, and joy.

Our Focus

Based in downtown Los Angeles, Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) operates regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, and Long Beach, collaborating with partners statewide. Our mission centers on enhancing opportunities for youth by fostering secure neighborhoods, ensuring comprehensive health care, and promoting positive educational environments, shaping a brighter future for California’s children and youth.

Policy Priorities in California

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Learn more about California’s policy priorities

Our Policy Priorities

Updates in California

CDF Beat the Odds Program is Sunsetting

Since 1990, the Beat the Odds program has transformed young lives and emboldened youth on their path into adulthood. We are grateful to all who have supported this program over the years and honored to have played a part in amplifying the strength and talent of our Beat the Odds honorees. While we are retiring the CDF Beat the Odds program and brand, a new program is coming that will provide more robust support for young people and we look forward to your continued support.

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Share Your Story

Your story matters. Have you or your community been impacted by our programs or advocacy work? We want to hear from you.

Share Your Story

Programs in California

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Freedom Schools

At CDF Freedom Schools®, we’re not just educating; we’re nurturing lifelong learners and advocates for progress. By empowering the youngest generation, we’re sculpting a brighter tomorrow where we celebrate every young person’s potential, and affirming their impact on the world is profound.

CDF Freedom Schools® Program

Movement Building

Through collaborative action and community-centered initiatives, we seek to reduce child poverty, achieve education equity, improve child well-being, and more. Together, we’re shaping a world where every young person’s journey is marked by dignity, hope, and joy.

Building a Movement for Youth

News from California

Stay Connected with California

Children’s Defense Fund – California

811 Wilshire Blvd #1000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 355-8787

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