Doing What is Best for Kids
Children First! Policy Development
There are a number of organizations throughout the county, state and nation that strive to help policy makers put children and families first. Check out the links below to see how these groups can help you draft better public policy. As Kids in Common reminds us to ask before enacting public policy, “Is it good for our children?”
County Level – Santa Clara County
Kids in Common - every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, successful in life! Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. Their work is driven by the question, “Is it good for our children?”
Project Cornerstone - is committed to helping all children and teens in Silicon Valley feel valued, respected and known. Their programs and services help individuals and communities build a web of support around young people so that they grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults via the Developmental Asset model.
United Way Silicon Valley - believes everyone deserves opportunities for a good life, which means enough income to support a family through retirement, a quality education that leads to a stable job and good health. United Way Silicon Valley invests in the community through grants, programs, coalitions and volunteer engagement which focus on income, education, and health.
YMCA of Silicon Valley - an association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.
State Level – California
The California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) - is a non-profit association representing public and private entities that have State contracts to support working families with early care and education subsidies. Alternative payment programs (APPs) are mandated in each of California’s 58 counties and serve as an integral delivery community coordinating infrastructure of child care to support parents working. The Association’s mission statement is to advocate for, and facilitate family access to, quality child care, supportive services, and early education and development programs.
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network - promotes affordable, accessible quality care through research, education, policy, and advocacy. The Network’s over-arching goal is to improve the accessibility and affordability of quality child care options for all families. The specific direction that the Network takes to accomplish this goal varies from year-to-year and during each budget cycle.
The Child Development Policy Institute (CDPI) - is a non-partisan, independent organization whose mission is to help establish sound public policy that benefits the children of California. CDPI is a leader in the childcare and development field on fiscal and policy matters and the principal advocate for children and families in the California budget process.
Children Now - is a nonpartisan, multi-issue research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health and education in California and creating national media policies that support child development. Children Now’s mission is to find common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policymakers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative, “win-win” approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential.
Early Edge California - is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to increase access to high-quality early learning for all of California’s children, starting with those who need it most. They bring together K-12 educators, business leaders, parents, labor, law enforcement, community leaders, early care and education providers and others to achieve this goal. Current issues include Transitional Kindergarten, State Budget, State Legislation, Quality Improvement, Governance, Federal Issues and In the Field.
The Alliance for Early Childhood Finance - is committed to ensuring that all American children have access to high-quality early care and education services and the supports their families need to thrive as parents and workers. The Alliance was established to address the need for deeper, more comprehensive and sophisticated exploration of ECE finance. Areas of interest in Early Care & Education Policy include Policy Framework for ECE, Prekindergarten Policy, Family Leave and Economic Development.
The Center on Children and the Law - American Bar Association’s (ABA) Center focuses on improving children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. Areas of interest include Advocacy & Reform, Policy & Practice, Research & Evaluation, Training and Technical Assistance.
The Children's Defense Fund – believes that too many children live in poverty and suffer from preventable illness, neglect, abuse, inadequate education and violence. Their stated priorities for elected officials to ensure the future of every child include: end child poverty, guarantee every child and pregnant woman comprehensive health and mental health coverage and services, protect every child from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families, provide high quality early childhood care and development programs for all children, ensure every child can read at grade level by fourth grade and guarantee quality education through high school graduation, and stop the criminalization of children at increasingly younger ages and invest in prevention and early intervention.
The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - a hands-on think tank which connects ideas and leaders throughout government to make policies and programs for children and families work better. It brings all policy players to the table as equal partners -- not just in education and training, but also in health, social services, welfare, juvenile justice and housing.
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) - promotes quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. Through the Director of Public Policy in Washington, DC and the Public Policy Committee, they promote policies at the national, state, and local levels that support resources, respect, recognition, and compensation for providers.
Stand for Children – works to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To make that happen, they educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent public schools, advocate for effective local, state and national education policies and investments, ensure the policies and funding they advocate for reach classrooms and help students, and elect courageous leaders who will stand up for our priorities.
The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for federal and state policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. The Policy Center brings to bear ZERO TO THREE’s more than 30 years of research-based expertise on infant and toddler development to ensure that public policies reflect best practices and current research in support of our nation’s very young children.
Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013