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Doesn’t every kid deserve a fair start?

Doesn't every kid deserve a fair start? At Common Sense Kids Action, we think so.

Doesn't every kid deserve a fair start? At Common Sense Kids Action, we think so.

That's why we convened the Right Start Commission in California: to give the state a blueprint for high-quality learning, care, and health supports for all kids from birth to age 5.

Last week the Right Start Commission's members convened in San Francisco to talk about next steps and review draft recommendations. The commissioners envision a child-centered system to ensure that every kid can thrive in school and life. A child-centered system addresses the needs of the whole child, provides high-quality and affordable programs and services, and is easy to navigate. To put this vision into action, the commission will make recommendations for improvements in the following areas:

  • Child care, early childhood education, and preschool programs
  • Preventative health care
  • Public-awareness programs
  • Parenting and caregiver support and family engagement
  • Workplace policies

We all want what's best for our kids. As noted at the California Policy Convening on Childhood Adversity sponsored by the Center for Youth Wellness in early November, it's time to come together and work across sectors for kids' benefit. The Right Start Commission report, to be released in early January 2016, will give us a plan. Join us in putting the plan into action! 

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.