ASR is the evaluator of the Thrive by Three (TBT) Fund, an initiative launched by the County of Santa Cruz in 2017 to improve outcomes for the county’s youngest and most vulnerable children, prenatal through age 3, as well as their families.
As we begin to understand the consequences of the declining birth rates discussed in the last blog post, we can leverage the projected slow growth of the population of school-aged children into the next decade, to position our state to make some significant investments in this diminishing resource now. Paying attention to and voting on propositions is one way to ensure investments early and often in our children and youth.
“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”
I am a child of the 1970s, and was twelve years old when Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All was released in 1985, when perhaps more adults did believe that children were our future. Yet, many of us adults today may be unaware of how much truer these words are now than they were when I was a child, as we currently face a demographically-borne crisis that can only be addressed if we heed Whitney Houston’s words.