We imagine a Marin where all children are safe, fed, housed, healthy, nurtured and educated to their full potential.
The opportunity to make a difference is ours. Times such as these call for local community solutions. We believe that in Marin, we can make this vision real. Now is the time to work together.
Marin Strong Start
A Coalition for a Solution
Marin Strong Start is a grassroots coalition made up of leaders in education, healthcare, business, local government, early care and education, youth and community services, civic organizations, parents and communities across Marin County. Marin Strong Start seeks to secure a stable source of funding to ensure access to quality healthcare, preschool, childcare and afterschool academic support for all of Marin’s children.
The Coalition, staffed by MarinKids during the process to gain support for a ballot initiative, knows that access to these programs is linked to academic achievement, successful careers, long-term health and healthy communities. Over the coming months, Marin Strong Start will reach out to community, educate the public about the issues and develop an investment strategy to ground a ballot initiative.
To stay up to date, learn more and participate, visit www.marinstrongstart.org
MarinKids 2012 Action Guide
The 2012 MarinKids Data & Action Guide shows that even as Marin County ranks high among other counties in California on measures of child well being, up to 60% fewer Marin children who are poor or racially diverse meet state targets in math and English. Fewer graduate from high school on time, attend preschool, or are at a healthy weight. The Guide provides a look at how all Marin’s children and youth are faring on key indicators of academic performance, access to healthcare and childhood obesity. Benchmarks are tracked over time and include a deeper look at racial/ethnic and economic differences among children. You can review charts and graphs of the key data from the report in each of the policy sections on this website: Education, Healthcare, Childhood Obesity. Find demographic data here.
Offering recommendations and models for action to promote policies and strategies that can improve outcomes for all kids, the Guide is a tool for advocates and policymakers.