Child Poverty: Future Required Reports & Evidence-Based Recommendations to the CA Legislature


session 2019-2020
priority Standard
Author Caballero
position Support
Letter View Letter
Every two years the State Department of Social Services shall conduct an analysis and report to the Legislature information related to child poverty, including  the following:
(A) The current California child poverty rate, as measured by both the official poverty measure and the California poverty measure, and recent trends in the poverty rates.
(B) A compilation of recommendations made by CA’s  Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force (established in 2017, supported by AAPCA) .
(C) An estimate of the impact that enacted task force recommendations, as well as all other state programs and policies that impact child poverty, including, but not limited to, antipoverty, housing, health care, workforce training, juvenile justice, and foster care programs, have had on the child poverty rate and deep child poverty rate in California.
(D) An estimate of the progress that California is making toward eliminating deep child poverty by 2024 and reducing child poverty by 50 percent by 2039…
 In evaluating the progress that California is making toward this poverty reduction commitment  the department shall develop a methodology that uses, to the extent available, benchmarks and data identified by the task force, as well as other childhood indicators that peer-reviewed studies have shown to be predictive of future adult poverty and, accordingly, next-generation child poverty rates. These indicators may include, but are not limited to, incidence of low birth weights, school test scores, grades, high school graduation rates, juvenile arrest rates, and incidence of reported mistreatment of children.

Last Action:

08/30/19 August 30 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.