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The Coalition’s Next Big Step

For the Children & Families Program at Next Generation it’s the end of an era, but the beginning of a new one too. Too Small to Fail and the policy team are moving on to The Opportunity Institute. And as part of these transitions, there is another big change to announce: the next chapter for the California Work & Family Coalition.

Letter of Support for Comprehensive Early Care and Education Proposal

By improving access, quality and provider reimbursement rates, this budget proposal would go a long way towards creating a stable and comprehensive care and education system that improves prospects for working families, and provides our youngest learners with the opportunity to thrive and succeed in the 21st century.

Letter of Support for Evidence-based Home Visiting Programs

Evidence-based home visiting programs have been found to reap long-term, positive effects for the children and parents enrolled. More than 20 states have established state plans and mechanisms to draw down federal Medicaid dollars to fund home visiting programs. California should join them, and distinguish itself as a state that values evidence-based programs that improve the economy and the healt

Children & Families

Patch the Holes in California’s Child Care System

More than $1 billion in cuts made to California's child care and early education system since the Great Recession have not yet been restored. Although some important steps were taken to rebuild the system last year, it is still miles away from being what families need.

Children & Families

A Few Lessons Learned From Our Talking is Teaching Campaign

As we’ve worked with our partners to fine tune our community campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in Oakland, we’ve learned valuable lessons about how to best reach parents and cargegivers to encourage them to talk, read, sing and bond as much as possible with their children starting at birth.

Children & Families

A Stronger California means women’s economic empowerment

Women’s ability to build up assets and live comfortably in retirement all hinge on the wages and jobs we have access to while we are raising children and caring for other family members. Yet we still – still – face lower wages compared to equally qualified men. We are more likely to raise children on our own, making workplace policies like fair scheduling and family leave, and the availability of

Press Release

Ann O'Leary: Pregnancy Discrimination Has No Place in Today’s America

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court provides clarity and relief under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act that pregnant women have been seeking for years. Simply, the Court made clear that when Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, it did indeed mean that employers must treat pregnant women the same as other workers who are temporarily disabled and similar in their ability or inab