Who We Are


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Our Mission

The Children’s Partnership (TCP) is a Californiabased national children’s advocacy organization committed to improving the lives of underserved children where they live,learn, and play with breakthrough solutions at the intersection of research, policy, and community engagement. Since 1993, TCP has been a leading voice for children and a critical resource for communities across California and the nation, working every day to champion policies that provide all children with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

Our Approach

We work at the intersection of research, policy, and community engagement to advocate on behalf of children, especially those from underserved communities.  Read about the process behind our work

Our Impact

The mission we work towards has made a difference in the lives of children in California and across the nation. See our results

Our History

For more than 20 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. 

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Our Team

Learn more about who is behind our work today. 

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