Message from our executive director
The legacy of Marian Wright Edelman has committed us to stand up for children, and now is a time, like no other, when we are called to watch out for the youngest Californians with greater commitment and bolder resolve. Child Watch 2021: The State of California’s Children and Youth in the COVID Era is an important symposium that will expose and deconstruct disparities affecting our youth while bringing together some spectacular advocates, leaders and community members to discuss how to build and achieve solutions specifically for young people and their families.
Children’s Defense Fund has a long history of hosting Child Watch events, and I am proud to bring this event back to California in what will become an annual symposium focused on the state of children in our state. This year, a year after stay-at-home orders were issued, we not only want to highlight the impact of the pandemic, but focus on public policy solutions that promote child well-being with a focus on our four policy areas: education equity, health equity, juvenile justice and economic justice.
California has often led the way in national reforms and it is clear that leaders around the country will look to California in response to these extraordinary times. Children’s Defense Fund-California is upholding the needs of children as foundational to an equitable and just recovery. I hope you will join us for this important ½-day of conversation and action.