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Bay Area: Investing in Our Future: CA's Fight Against Childhood Poverty

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The James Irvine Foundation

1 Bush Street, #800

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San Francisco, CA 94104

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Investing in Our Future: How California is Fighting Against Childhood Poverty and What Still Needs to be Done

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Despite being one of the most progressive states in the Union, California has the highest childhood poverty rate in Country. In fact 20% of California children live in poverty, impacting almost 2 million children with 450,000 of those children living in deep poverty. Estimates show that when fully realized, savings generated by lifting these children from poverty would total $12 billion annually, on an ongoing basis, representing a dramatic return on investment.

The Governor’s new budget allocates more than $3 billion toward investments called for in the State Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force’s End Child Poverty Plan. The Plan addresses issues such as early childhood care & education; health; housing; foster care; safety net and economic programs. What impact will these investments have, how can we leverage them, and what else needs to be done?

Join us as we hear from experts and practitioners from the field who will review and discuss key issues to address childhood poverty such as:

-How are existing policies faring and where are they falling short?

-How will new investments adopted in the budget impact childhood poverty and what additional policies are needed to reduce California’s high child poverty rate?

-Where are “on the ground” programmatic and policy efforts having the most impact?

-What is still left to be done?

Speakers Include:

Lisa Forti (Moderator) - First 5 Alameda County

Conway Collis - GRACE (Gather, Respect, Advocate, Change, Engage)

Clarissa Doutherd - Parent Voices Oakland

Richard Raya - MEDA (Mission Economic Development Agency)

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10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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The James Irvine Foundation

1 Bush Street, #800

#800

San Francisco, CA 94104

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