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A Letter to California's Parents
Today, Common Sense Kids Action issued an open letter to the parents of California asking you to join us in building a California that truly makes kids and families its top priority.
Common Sense is sponsoring Senate Bill 18 (SB 18), the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California, legislation authored by Senator Richard Pan, in the hope of sparking a statewide conversation to identify the kinds of opportunities and supports we believe all California children and families deserve. What do our children need to thrive? How can we help parents have more options to help realize the dreams they have for their children's successes?
Unfortunately, misinformation and false statements shared online have inspired fear and confusion in the very population we want to engage: parents.
That's why we're writing to you today. Let us be clear: There is nothing in this bill that would take away parents' right to choose how best to raise their children. There are no mandates on parents and caregivers. And there never will be. On the contrary, the bill seeks to help ensure that parents and caregivers are empowered and able to access critical and quality services and resources if they choose to do so.
We want to hear from you. We deliberately haven't provided the final answers in the bill's introduction because we want to work with parents across the state to identify these priorities. Read our full letter here, and send us a message at [email protected]. Also, please attend one of our upcoming Parent Meetup events, or fill out this form to be notified when there's an event near you.
For far too long, our state's leaders have failed to prioritize the interests of our children. The status quo is unacceptable. The Bill of Rights for Children and Youth can help us move this vital conversation forward. Together, we can work to ensure kids are our state's top priority.