Our History

For more than 25 years, The Children’s Partnership has come to represent both innovation and collaboration in the children’s advocacy field.

The Children’s Partnership was founded in 1993 as a different kind of children’s organization. Founders Wendy Lazarus and Laurie Lipper witnessed major policy shifts that ignored the needs of children and saw an imminent need for a group to set a children’s agenda on emerging issues. In 1994, The Children’s Partnership provided the first comprehensive look at how computers and the Internet were changing the way children learn, grow, socialize, and find opportunity. Ahead of its time, this seminal piece began the national dialogue on the impact of major technological changes on children.

Today, such foresight and inventive lens remain drivers in determining TCP priorities for where to make the most impact for underserved children. With input from a team of experienced policy and advocacy professionals and a commitment to unwavering partnership, TCP strives to be both a resource and an ally for underserved communities across California. We promote policies that are driven by research and responsive to community needs.

As of November 2015, The Children’s Partnership continues its mission under the leadership of President Mayra E. Alvarez. With new leadership and an experienced and energetic team in place, our organization is ready to take on the challenges of a new generation and continue our work to provide every child a bright future.


Power of Partnership

When we work together, anything is possible.

How has The Children's Partnership made an IMPACT on the lives of children?
Nearly a million copies of TCP's award-winning publication, The Parents’ Guide to the Information Superhighway: Rules & Tools for Families Online, were distributed after its release in 1998. The publication was the first to advise parents on supporting children in the digital age, and a copy now sits in the Smithsonian Institution's Archives Center at the National Museum of American History.
As a result of the Health4All Kids Initiative, which TCP helped pass, an estimated 250,000 undocumented children received health coverage with the expansion of Medi-Cal for California's youth, making California the largest state in the country to establish a system of coverage for all kids.
Over 11 million messages have been delivered through ALL IN For Health, our statewide campaign and the first of its kind to partner with the California Department of Education to connect educators to health care information. Through California's 10,500 schools and 44,000 early learning and after-school programs, families are informed and children enrolled in health coverage.
In 2014, TCP helped enact groundbreaking legislation to advance the Virtual Dental Home, an innovative system of dental care that uses technology to bring dental care to children where they already are. In 2015, over 3,000 children received oral health services through the Virtual Dental Home in schools and Head Start sites around the state.
Half of California’s children – 4.5 million – are part of an immigrant family. In 2018, TCP released groundbreaking joint research with the California Immigrant Policy Center elucidating findings from over 150 providers and 435 immigrant parents around the impact of heightened immigration enforcement and anti-immigrant rhetoric on the mental health and wellbeing of children in immigrant families in order to identify what more California can do to support.


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