California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed several significant child welfare and youth justice bills into law last week, capping a year of investments in the state’s most vulnerable children and families.

Thanks to unexpected tax revenue surplus and federal coronavirus relief, the state budget includes millions of dollars in new safety net investments, including supports for struggling parents reeling from the pandemic; the nation’s first universal basic income program for young people aging out of foster care and a transitional kindergarten program for all 4-year-olds. Read more from The Imprint.

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