THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA CHILDREN'S AGENDA
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.
The Children's Summit 2013 was The Children's Movement's first move toward helping to unify hundreds of diverse stakeholders who work for the welfare of the children of Fresno County. In an effort to align the actions and resources of these individuals and their businesses, agencies and nonprofits, Grade-Level Reading was chosen as the core focus of this collaborative work.
Based on the principles of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the Fresno Grade-Level Reading Coalition was formed in 2013. Due to this important collaborative work, Fresno was named a national Pacesetter community by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Guided by The Children's Movement of Fresno and the methods of the Stanford d.school's Design Cycle and continuous improvement technical assistance from Strive Together, the Coalition continues its collaborative work through on-going research and monthly Action Forums.
Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing
Local business and community leaders, including Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, Jim Yovino; Fowler Unified School District Superintendent, Eric Cederquist; Fresno County District Attorney, Lisa Smittcamp; and other community leaders announced January 22, 2015, the launch of a new campaign to boost the early brain development and language skills of children in Fresno from birth through age five. The campaign, titled “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a community-wide effort with promotion from Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
“Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing”, aims to close the “word gap“—a difference of about 30 million words that children in high-income families hear from parents and caregivers by their fourth birthday, compared to those in low-income families. The fewer words children hear and learn, the more likely they are to experience an achievement gap, which persists through the preschool and kindergarten years and has a life-long impact on health and well-being.
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