MarinKids provides resources to help you understand the issues and frame your advocacy arguments.

  • View our Marin County data charts related to education, healthcare and obesity
  • See resources immediately below for information on issues and policies affecting Bay Area and California children.
  • See second section below for National children’s policy and advocacy resources.
  • Find studies and policy briefs about education, healthcare and obesity topics.
  • Connect to Marin County advocacy and policy initiatives

Bay Area and California Resources

  • Kidsdata
    Kidsdata.org covers more than 300 indicators on the health and well being of children in communities across California. Marin County specific data is available.
  • Action Alliance for Children
    Works to inform, educate, connect, and inspire people who work with and on behalf of children throughout California. The Action alliance publishes the Children’s Advocate.
  • Bay Area First 5
    The Bay Area First 5 Commissions work together to support and affect policy changes at the regional, state and national levels that impact the lives of children throughout the Bay Area and the State. Click here for Policy Briefs on early care and education, health care and more.
  • California Afterschool Network
    The Network provides leadership and links to state policy makers to support high-quality afterschool programs.
  • California Budget Project (CBP)
    Information and analysis resource on a variety of issues, including education, to the media, policymakers, and state and local constituency groups in order to affect policy relating to low- and middle-income Californians.
  • California Tomorrow
    California Tomorrow provides vision, leadership, research, customized strategies and ongoing support to community organizations, schools, policymakers and advocates working toward a more equitable, inclusive, multicultural society. We help transform institutions so that they are better able to serve a broader, more diverse public.
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Network
    Works toward achieving a quality child care system that meets the needs of all children and families. For local information contact the Marin Child Care Council.
  • Children Now
    Find public policy information, data and resources related to improving California’s educational system and programs.
  • Education Data Partnership
    Find fiscal, demographic, and performance data on California’s K-12 schools. Locate State, County, District, and School information.
  • EdSource
    An independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to clarify complex education issues and to promote thoughtful policy decisions about public school improvement. Find studies and publications about K-14 education in California.
  • Healthy Cities
    http://www.edsource.org/
  • The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research publishes dozens of reports, policy briefs, fact sheets and data every year on a wide range of health policy issues.
    The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research publishes dozens of reports, policy briefs, fact sheets and data every year on a wide range of health policy issues.
  • 100% Campaign
    A collaborative effort of The Children's Partnership, Children Now, and Children's Defense Fund-California to ensure that all of California's children gain access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage.

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National Resources

  • Center for Children and Families
    CCF examines policies and implementation issues with respect to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), employer-based coverage, and public-private coverage initiatives. CCF works at both the federal and state level.
  • Children’s Defense Fund
    CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before children get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown.
  • Children’s Partnership
    A national, nonprofit organization with a mission to inform leaders and the public about the needs of America's children. The Partnership undertakes research and policy analysis, publishes reports and multimedia materials, and forges new alliances among parents, policymakers and the private sector to achieve tangible gains for children.
  • Child Trends, Inc.
    A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies children, youth and families through research, data collection and data analysis.
  • Child Welfare League of America
    A national nonprofit organization devoted to the development and promotion of policies and programs designed to protect America's children and strengthen America's families.
  • Children NOW
    A national children's advocacy organization that utilizes research and mass communications to make the well-being of children a priority across the nation. This site includes a directory of children's resources available on the Web.
  • Center on Education Policy
    A national, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools.
  • KIDS COUNT
    Regional, state and National data about children.
  • Ounce of Prevention
    An advocacy and research organization with a single goal: that all American children – particularly those born into poverty – have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life. http://www.ounceofprevention.org/advocacy/pdfs/EarlyChildhoodAdvocacyToolkit.pdf

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