Choose Children is a partnership of organizations and individuals committed to creating a future in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties where families with children can live and thrive.
We work to champion babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and ensure that elected officials and candidates for office take action and support investment and approaches that advance the well- being, care, and learning of young children, their families, and the essential workers who care for them.
Choose Children is an initiative of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Why Choose Children
Our kids need us – and we have a responsibility to ensure that young children begin their lives healthy, safe, and ready to succeed in school and life.
And, we need our kids even more. The economic vibrancy of our region relies on making it a place where families with young children can live and thrive.
Yet we are losing families with young children at alarming rates: San Mateo and Santa Clara counties lost 10% of children from birth to age 5 over the last decade, even while the total population grew. The pandemic only worsened this trend.
Quality child care is hard to find and second to only housing in many Bay Area family budgets, costing as much as twice in-state UC tuition.
Access to safe, high quality child care is a workforce imperative: parents – particularly, mothers – can’t work without it.
Investing in babies, toddlers, and young children makes economic sense. The multigenerational impacts of high-quality early learning and care is $14 of benefit for every $1 invested.
- Babies and young children supported with the resources they need to thrive have better educational and economic outcomes – and pass those advantages on to their children.
- Students who are at grade level in third grade are likely to stay on track to graduate. Students who are not are unlikely to catch up.
- 85-90% of a child’s brain is formed before they start school.