We serve as a bridge between on-the-ground needs and the work of policymakers, advocating for policies that enable schools and their community partners to improve services provided to students and their families.
Field Experience Drives Our State and Federal Policy Agendas
Partnership for Children & Youth’s policy priorities are grounded in the belief that expanded learning programs and community schools are necessary strategies to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps. Our goals and strategies are driven by our work with educators and non-profit and community leaders on the ground with whom we partner to increase student success. We serve as a bridge between on-the-ground needs and the creation and implementation of policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Top Policy & Advocacy Accomplishments:
- Sponsored and passed California Senate Bill 1221 (2014) authored by Senator Loni Hancock. This bill boosts student achievement by increasing resources for summer and year-round programming; strengthening program quality by requiring data-driven local improvement plans; leveraging state data systems to improve transparency on program effectiveness and student needs; and updating program administration to support local needs and flexibility to more effectively serve students.
- Developed and led passage of California Senate Bill 638(2006), a comprehensive measure that created effective and equitable implementation provisions for Proposition 49, California’s landmark measure that provided $550 million for expanded learning programs. SB638 ensured that Prop 49 dollars were focused on the state’s low-income communities.
- Successfully advocated for changes made by the California Department of Education (CDE) to raise the visibility and role of expanded learning programs including regulations, agency systems, and funding opportunities impacting educators, students, and their families.
- Authored key federal policy recommendations on funding for expanded learning programs that were included in ESEA Reauthorization proposals and Congressional Appropriations bills.