Children Now

On a mission to build power for kids.

Oakland, CA   |  http://www.childrennow.org

Mission

Children Now's mission is to build power for kids by finding common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policymakers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative, “win-win" approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential.

Ruling year info

1993

President

Mr. Ted Lempert

Main address

1404 Franklin Street, Suite 700

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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EIN

94-3059243

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Our programs

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Health

Quality health care coverage and services are essential to affording all children the opportunity to reach their full potential. As such, the Organization’s health program focuses on providing all children with affordable health insurance and access to care, including oral health services. This program also addresses childhood obesity through working to achieve a healthier children’s media environment.

Population(s) Served

The Organization’s education program aims to achieve comprehensiveeducation reform in California, from early care and preschool through high school. Beginning with improved student data to guide decision-making and extending to systemic finance and governance reforms, these improvements will benefit all children who rely on California’s public education system to provide them with the educational foundation of their success. The education program also includes efforts to leverage new technologies to improve how children learn.

Population(s) Served

The Organization produces comprehensive reports, fact sheets and policy briefs on topics related to each program area. The organization’s marquee publications include the annual California Report Card and the new bi-annualCalifornia County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being: Creating Healthier Communities for Our Future. Both of these publications are widely distributed to state and local policymakers, the media, service providers, civic organizations and concerned California residents. The widespread media coverage generated by the release of these publications motivates policymakers to make children’s concerns a priority.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Children Now’s mission is to find common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups, and policymakers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative “win-win” approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential.

Children Now is continuing to expand our game-changing, proven, scalable model to improve education and children’s advocacy, and ensure that all kids have the supports they need to reach their full potential. Our strategies include:


Full Coverage of Children’s Issues: Children Now covers the full-range of key children’s issues, from prenatal through age 26, including early childhood development, education, children’s health, childhood trauma and resilience, foster care and youth justice. This representation allows us to 1) develop sensible policies, because children’s issues are interdependent and can’t be developed effectively in silos, and 2) avoid the fragmentation that pits single-issue organizations against each other.

Deep Inside Expertise: Children Now’s staff of children’s research, policy, communications, network building, and advocacy experts craft, promote and help implement scalable change for kids. We have the research and policy expertise to analyze data and the interrelated systems, funding streams, programs and practices at the federal, state and local levels to develop credible solutions. We have the relationships to engage the major relevant players across the health, education, early childhood and child welfare fields, from other advocates to parent groups to business interests, to create buy-in to the solutions we’ve collaboratively developed. And, we have built close connections with the key state and local policymakers throughout the state.

Two-Word Messaging: Our expert representation of the range of issues affecting the whole child allows us to reposition all of our issues as “doing what’s best for kids.” We’ve boiled down this position to simple, two-word messaging, “Pro-Kid,” a powerful message to policymakers and other interests.

Outside Pressure: The strongest interest groups call on a single, massive membership to take action at the right time. These grassroots voices are coordinated with the inside work, and mobilized at a strategic point in time to speak in unison to have greater influence. Children Now leads The Children’s Movement of California® to connect the thousands of direct service, parent, youth, business, civil rights, faith- and community-based groups to speak at the right time with one voice on behalf of kids. More than 3,400 organizations have already joined this network. Together, the sheer number and diversity of these voices creates the most powerful interest group.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Children Now

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2020
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Board chair

Jason Salzetti

Deloitte Consulting LLP

John Garcia

Kaiser Permanente

Jane Gardner

Harbour Strategic Consulting

Gay Krause

Foothill College, Krause Center for Innovation

Ted Lempert

Children Now

Nancy Murray

Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP

Donna Friedman Meir

WOW Explorations

Natasha Hoehn

Silver Giving Foundation

Mark Johnsen

Wealth Architects, LLC

Denise McCain-Tharnstrom

Our Children LA

Holly Sutton

Farella Braun + Martel, LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable