If we want to win this battle for quality health care, equitable schools, expanded early education and the end of child poverty, we need to do more.
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What's Your New Year's Resolution?
Dear Child Advocate,

Happy New Year! Last year was an incredible year filled with several big wins for California’s children, but we need to go even further in 2016. With the recent release of Governor Brown’s 2016–17 budget proposal, we must work even harder to ensure that our state budget reflects California’s priorities and invests in the health and well-being for all children, especially our most vulnerable children and families.

This year, we at CDF-CA have a few New Year’s Resolutions for California’s children:

We will begin to end solitary confinement of young people in juvenile detention facilities statewide!

We will end child poverty in the richest state in the nation!

We will continue to advocate for positive alternatives to exclusionary school discipline policies and practices!

We will ensure that every child has access to comprehensive and affordable health care!

If we want to win this battle for quality health care, equitable schools and expanded early education, a justice system that is focused on prevention and rehabilitation, and the end of child poverty, including homelessness, we must do more.

Next month we will be releasing our annual policy agenda which will outline the specific steps our state and local leaders can take to ensure that we improve the quality of our children’s lives.

Please visit us online to learn more about how you can help us do more and be more in 2016. It’s time to cause a ruckus for children in the state of California!

Alex M. Johnson
Executive Director
Children's Defense Fund - California
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