Issue Position: Children & Family Issues
The welfare and needs of children have been one of DeSaulnier's highest priorities throughout his service. He has sponsored numerous initiatives on their behalf including the Contra Costa Children's Report Card and the Children's Accountability Act, both tools for evaluating children's issues and the impact of county programs on children. He also established the annual Children and Families' Budget, a separate County budget that reviews and measures the effectiveness of County programs in these areas. His other projects for children include AfterSchool4All, the Future Fund and the Children and Families Committee of the Board of Supervisors. The 40 bills authored by DeSaulnier in the State Assembly included efforts to fight truancy among school children, to remove unsafe guns from our streets, to improve indoor air quality in schools, and to create opportunities for at-risk youth.