Under the leadership of Governor Newsom and early childhood development champions in the California legislature, we have seen investments and policy shifts in early care and education (ECE) and early childhood health services aimed at increasing access to equitable, quality and coordinated services. During this back to school season, we must not lose sight of the needs of our youngest Californians - our babies and toddlers. Supporting babies to thrive means supporting their families, caregivers and communities through culturally and linguistically affirming services.
Ten years ago, we set out to create a different kind of fundraising event that reflected the best of Los Angeles, and California. An event that brought folks together across geographies, generations, and ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds. An event that honored people who truly deserve applause for their commitment to racial equity.
Historically, Black and Indigenous students have been among the student groups who struggle academically on state performance measures and need more support, but they are yet to be included in direct funding and supports. This continues to be the case despite this year marking the 10th anniversary of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which aims to make state funding of school districts more flexible and aligned with equity.To strengthen LCFF’s ability to directly reach students in high-need communities, Governor Newsom offered his own proposal this year – the Equity Multiplier. The Equity Multiplier aims to provide additional funding to high-need schools to close achievement and opportunity gaps.
The Asian American and Pacific Islander community had a strong showing during a Los Angeles City Council committee meeting this week to discuss proposals for increasing the number of council seats and redistricting reforms in the wake ofa political scandalthe last time City Council boundaries were redrawn.
Improving educational opportunities for children who need them most.
Strengthening community power to transform neighborhoods.
Making state and local governments more responsive, participatory, and representative.
Advancing justice and safety for low-income communities of color.
We partner with communities of color, conduct innovative research, develop policies for actionable change, and shift money and power back into our communities.
We produce an array of assets and resources, including data-driven interactives, reports, and multimedia, to make a case for racial equity.