The needs of families in the San Joaquin Valley call for fiscal and other policy decisions that support their readiness for raising children, and their ability to successfully nurture those children into adulthood. The Central California Children’s Agenda sets forth six policy priorities for children and youth that, when achieved, will fundamentally improve their well-being.
These policy priorities and strategies were derived from a series of meetings of the 20-member Children’s Agenda Regional Leadership Team over a 12-month period between September 2009 and August 2010. The team members both provided and participated in expert briefings and conversations that culminated in these recommendations.
Denying children these supports undermines their development and results in detrimental, long-term financial and opportunity costs to our society as a whole.