Every Child Counts

Who knew the most fascinating presentation at a conference I attended recently would be from a demographer?

Dowell Meyers, a professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, presented demographic data and projections that dispelled many assumptions about California’s population and made a strong case for why investing in our children is more important than ever before.

Here are some highlights:

California’s population is declining, especially its child population.

Former projections estimated that the state would reach 50 million residents by 2032.  The new projection is now 17 years later – 2049.

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The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

A 3-year-old drew this picture when she first arrived at STAND’s emergency shelter.

It’s Halloween today, a time when kids love to don their costumes, eat sweets, and maybe, if they’re feeling brave, get a little spooked at a haunted house or out trick or treating. Today also marks the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which raises awareness of the fact that way too many kids live in fear every day – and not the kind associated with Halloween.

One of the most devastating events a child can face is the trauma experienced by exposure to domestic violence and the violation of safety and security in the home. Children under age five are more likely to live in a household where domestic violence occurs than older children. This is especially alarming given all we know about early brain development in the first five years. Continue reading