Despite California’s rapidly growing economy, nearly a quarter of California’s children live in poverty ranking the state 29th in the nation, second only to Mississippi. Raising housing costs and static pay make it difficult for families to thrive, most take-home pay is spent on covering immediate needs. Programs like Brighter Beginnings’ Early Head Start initiative work to prepare children for school and empower low-income families.
Estela Marcos Mendez, a Parent Child Educator in our Early Head Start program says, “everything that [clients] get they spend on rent and childcare and there’s nothing left for them, so they will always be poor”. A prospective Early Head Start client, Cynthia Leon, a single mother of three, is featured in the segment as well.