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What’s Next in 2017? Commonsense Rights for Every Child
As Californians across the state are working on putting their New Year's Resolutions into practice, we at Common Sense Kids Action are resolving to make this the year that California commits to ensuring every child and family is able to thrive.
In the past, there have been attempts at both the state and local levels to build consensus around a simple idea: that children, no matter who they are or where they’re from, have a right to health, safety, well-being, quality early childhood and educational opportunities, and adequate family support. But, in spite of the research and the clear need, California's legislature continues not to prioritize children in any deliberate or comprehensive way. In fact, no state in the nation has established that children's rights are human rights or that children have a right for their basic needs to be met. With your help, we hope to change that.
In December, we joined Senator Richard Pan (D - Sacramento) in introducing Senate Bill 18 (SB 18), the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California. This landmark legislation takes aim at the biggest obstacles facing California's children and holds the Legislature accountable for ensuring that high-quality support and resources are available to every parent and caregiver if they choose to access them -- and that all children have what they need to thrive.
We are now organizing parents around the state to give them the tools and information they need to add their voices to this effort. They will help us explain the need for this effort to other parents, community leaders, and elected officials. As one of our parent organizers, Beverly Kumar, asked, "Isn't it time to make sure all California children have access to high-quality early childcare and preschool? For every child to have the ability to get an appointment with a doctor or dentist? For parents to have the tools they need to nurture their children's brain development?"
We say yes. And with your support and input, we can make that vision a reality. California's kids can't wait. That why in 2017 we're demanding that our leaders in Sacramento fulfill their duty to California's children.