California is celebrating an important win, as Governor Newsom and state legislators included millions of dollars in establishing a new Cradle to Career data system in the 2019-2020 State Budget. Advocates have called for accessible and actionable data for years, and this investment is a step toward fulfilling that need.

What’s next for the data system is crucial – as state leaders prepare to convene a workgroup and seek consultation from advisory groups, it is important to hold these groups accountable for ensuring the data system is centered in equity and community voice. Our latest equity alert takes a look at the 5 key equity principles we identified for a data system, and assesses what’s needed next to make sure the Cradle to Career system is truly equity-driven. Check out the alert for more on how advocates can participate in this next phase of implementation.