A Letter to California's Parents

We want to hear from you. Make your voice heard on Senate Bill 18 (SB 18), the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California. By Kids Action Team
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.

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Adult written by Rebecca B.

"... our state's leaders have failed to prioritize the interests of our children." You've stated it best. They have failed in many many other ways as well. Why would we entrust more legislation into their hands when they are in a permanent state of failure as it is. This is entirely unnecessary and a waste yet again of our legislative process and funds.
Adult written by Corazon Fuerte

From the Sac Bee: "Despite the research and the public support, California simply isn’t investing enough in early education. More than 1.2 million eligible children still are not enrolled in subsidized child care because there isn’t enough state funding. Sixty percent of our nation’s 4-year-olds lack access to publicly funded preschool, according to the U.S. Department of Education. In California, 236,000 children and their families are priced out of high-quality, nonprofit preschool programs, and estimated waiting lists for working parents top more than 300,000. At the bottom, 40 percent of all 4-year-old Californians don’t have an opportunity to learn and prepare for K-12. Right now, California has an opportunity to ensure that families have access to affordable, quality child care that will prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond. California slashed more than $1 billion in funding for early education during the recession, eliminating child care and preschool opportunities for more than 100,000 children and working families. State funding for early care and education is still 20 percent below pre-recession levels." Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article129650749.html#storyl...
Adult written by Corazon Fuerte

Respectfully - I disagree. There have been many leaders and children's advocacy groups calling for a greater focus on Early Childhood Education in CA for a long time. But these programs have been cut during the recession and the funding has not been restored. Please see this article in the Sacramento Bee. http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article129650749.html
Parent of a 10 year old written by Marianne M.

This "Children's Bill of Rights" is government overreach in the extreme. Parents and grandparents are the natural "experts" of what's best for their children. For thousands of years we've been taking care of our children without the help of a bunch of bureaucrats.
Adult written by Corazon Fuerte

I agree with you. Parents and grandparents are the experts. I am a parent, too. That doesn't mean I wouldn't love to see accessible, high quality Pre-K for all children in CA! Why would you be against that? Why is that "overreach"? I am not following your argument. You could choose to take advantage of preschool programs or you could opt out. I believe and the research shows that Early Education is important and valuable. Kids who attend quality preschool do better in K-12 and in life.

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