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The first words on the first page of Stanford’s history are owed to a child. When Leland Stanford Jr. died at age 15, his heartbroken parents declared that henceforth “the children of California shall be our children.”

Today, work on behalf of children the world over goes on in every corner of the University. And while some of the challenges they face were unimagined 115 years ago, the children are not so different.

In these pages we have tried to convey the experience of children via memoir, analysis, description and images. Who they are (and were), what they love, how they live, what they need. And how they engage Stanford people.

Here’s to the kid in all of us.

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