Children & Families
The Children & Families Program at Next Generation promotes public, private, and personal actions to improve the prospects of America’s next generation. Our current work is focused in two areas:
Too Small to Fail
Next Generation has joined forces with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to launch Too Small to Fail, a new initiative to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five.
Too Small to Fail aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century.
We are working to promote new research on the science of children’s brain development, early learning and early health, and we will help parents, businesses and communities identify specific actions, consistent with the new research, that they can take to improve the lives of young children. As we do this work and secure commitments to action, we will use social media, other technology-driven tools and innovative approaches to inform and empower parents and business leaders to track their progress and measure their success.
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California – with all of its diversity, particularly among our children – offers the richness and challenges that the rest of America will soon experience. Our work in California is focused in three areas:
Understanding and Alleviating the Impacts of Childhood Poverty
California will face serious economic challenges and struggle to maintain its prosperity as a state if it fails to address mushrooming childhood poverty. Next Generation will build on our inaugural report – Prosperity Threatened: Perspectives of Childhood Poverty in California – to continue to analyze and frame the challenges presented by childhood poverty in California, and offer solutions for addressing its rise and mitigating its impact through smart investments, including investing in early childhood education. Next Generation will have a particular focus on childhood poverty among California’s fastest-growing demographic segment – Hispanics – with nearly one in three Hispanic children in California living at or below the poverty line.
Healthy Families, Healthy Children
Federal health care reform under the Affordable Care Act represents both an opportunity and a challenge for policy-makers and the public. California is making huge changes to the scope, size, and nature of its health care system; the outcome in the Golden State will have national implications.
Supporting Working Families
At the heart of improving outcomes for children is ensuring that their parents have good jobs and the ability to take time to care for them when they are most in need—when they are first born and when they are ill. Next Generation will frame the importance of labor protections and supports for working parents and will promote solutions that work for parents and their children.