Fresno County is a community where children are the highest priority.
The Children's Movement of Fresno's mission is to inform and support individuals, businesses, and community leaders in Fresno County to make the well-being and education of children a priority in every decision.
In 2011, leaders from First 5 Fresno County attended a conference and were introduced to The Children's Movement of Florida. Inspired and excited, they began a grassroots movement in Fresno County to rally local citizens around the cause of making children a priority in all policymaking.
By 2012, the Children's Movement of Fresno (TCM) had nearly 5,000 members, including dozens of local organizations and businesses, endorsing and supporting the cause. Nearly 300 people attended the first annual State of Our Children Breakfast. David Lawrence, President of The Children's Movement of Florida, was the keynote speaker.
In 2013, TCM Fresno held the first Children's Summit of Fresno County with the goal of helping to facilitate collective focus and aligned action for organizations, businesses, and individuals. Building on the momentum of the Summit, nearly 100 ready‐to‐work participants agreed to meet periodically with the primary goal of connecting and focusing a diverse group of stakeholders around the central issue of grade‐level reading.
TCM Action Forums began in early 2014 with the goal of providing learning, networking and collaborative action opportunities designed to improve the lives of children and families.
In 2016 the TCM membership realized that institutional leadership needed to be more directly connected to the work. The Cradle to Career Partnership (C2C) was launched to fill this gap. C2C brings together leaders from ten sectors including education, health, housing, justice, and civic to drive change at the systems level.
In 2017 TCM launched “Our Children This Week”. This weekly eblast provides information on a wide range of issues that affect Fresno County children including local, state and national news, policy information and meeting agendas.