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Disappointing Vetoes Set Back California's Kids

Kids are our priority here at Common Sense Media. Join us in our fight and become an advocate for kids issues.

Last week in California, two bills that would have helped kids and families thrive --Preschool for All (AB 47 by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty) and Expanded Family Leave (SB 406 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson) -- failed to become law after receiving vetoes from Governor Brown.

Even though families and kids won't benefit this year from these vetoed bills, Kids Action accepts the challenge to work with other advocates and members of the Legislature to accomplish these goals in 2016.

Study after study show that quality preschool programs prepare children for future success. The states of Oklahoma, Georgia, New Jersey, and others have seen gains in student achievement as a result of pre-K programs. It is proven: If California seeks to achieve positive outcomes for all kids, then investment in preschool is necessary.

Family-leave policies that are good for workers are also good for kids. Four out of five parents participate in the workforce, but California still has one of the highest childhood poverty rates. Poverty can contribute to poor outcomes for kids, from toxic stress to low academic achievement. One sickness in the family heightens the pressure for working families … and kids often suffer the consequences.

Kids and families deserve better. To help stack the odds in their favor, join Common Sense Kids Action today.

Briana Calleros
Briana Calleros is Common Sense Kids Action's Policy Associate for California. She joined Kids Action in 2015 from the California Institute for Federal Policy Research in Washington D.C., where she served as legislative director. Prior to that, she staffed legislation that was signed into law as a California capitol fellow in Senator Marty Block's office. Briana began her career in policy as an intern with National Council of La Raza and a summer associate at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 2012.