SLO County supervisors to consider Children's Bill of Rights

A movement designed to draw attention to, honor and protect San Luis Obispo County’s youngest citizens and to underscore how important their futures are to all of us is taking another step forward.

The Children’s Bill of Rights will be before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in an effort to gather the board’s support. It has already picked up backing from the county Health Commission, the Lucia Mar school board, the county Office of Education, and the United Way youth board.

In addition, there will be a Children’s Summit on April 19 at Mountainbrook Community Church in San Luis Obispo.

A number of groups have worked for three years to get to this point and beyond under the leadership of First 5 of San Luis Obispo County.

The 12 rights enumerated range from a safe home and good diet to more nebulous goals such as encouraging youngsters to “dream big, grow through challenges and mistakes, and to always live with hope and aspiration.”

For more information, go to www.first5slo.org/childrens-bill-of-rights.

The 12 rights are:

  • Live in a stable, comfortable home surrounded by parents, family and other caring adults who nurture us throughout childhood.
  • Eat healthy and plentiful meals every day.
  • Have the basic for our daily lives – clothing, transportation and supplies for school, outside interests and activities.
  • Be and feel safe everywhere we go.
  • Enjoy daily physical activity and time outdoors.
  • Visit a doctor, dentist or counselor when needed to help us stay physically and mentally healthy.
  • Learn and master ideas and skills in and out of school that inspire us, help us understand and be ready for our place in the world.
  • Explore a variety of experiences that illuminate the world’s natural beauty, richness and humane creativity — arts, nature, culture, music.
  • Make and keep healthy relationships with friends.
  • Know that adults and peers listen, respect and support us as individuals while we grow our diverse backgrounds, circumstances, talents, sparks and passions.
  • Have opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways to our community by voicing our ideas, sharing in decisions and offering service to others.
  • Be encouraged to dream big, to grow through challenges and mistakes, and to always live with hope and aspiration.
  • First 5 San Luis Obispo County serves children from before birth to age 5, “to ensure that every child is healthy and ready to learn in school.”