The period from January to May signifies an important window for all of us. As you already know, a large part of Child360’s work is driven by advocacy. It’s during this budget season that we are highly involved – locally and even federally – to champion for children 0-5, and their families. This season marks the significant period where our voices can be heard the most; we schedule meetings, trips, and coalitions to advocate for the increased investments our children deserve.
In January, Governor Brown released his proposed budget for the year. Next, he will unveil his May revise – which can include revisions based on the advocacy we, and our partnering organizations, dedicate ourselves to over the next few months.
Next week Child360 will join a delegation of more than 150 business and civic leaders who will meet with federal lawmakers on Capitol Hill, for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s annual ACCESS DC advocacy trip. In addition to the ACCESS DC events, the Child360 team will meet with legislative staff from the House and Senate Education Committees and the Congressional Pre-K Caucus. We are doing everything we can to advocate for our youngest learners – and we thank you for whatever capacity it is you choose to make our voice stronger. Whether it’s being a part of our Community Ambassador Program, or submitting letters of support for bills like AB605 on our online advocacy platform, every voice and story makes a difference.
How do we know this? In February, the President signed a bipartisan budget deal that included critical wins for young children and their families! Yes, we have a lot of work in front of us – but, this recent budget agreement shows that legislators on both sides of the aisle recognize the importance of quality early learning, and prioritizing the needs of working families. The budget deal includes a $5.8 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) over two years. In conjunction with our partners, Child360 was a key player in the national #DoubleCCDBG movement that helped generate momentum for the CCDBG increase. The deal also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for a total of ten years, and reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) for five years.
We thank you for your continued support, and the strength you bring to making our collective voice heard. To learn more about how you can get involved, or even join us on our advocacy trips to Sacramento or D.C., click here. Your story can help us initiate the positive change we want to see in the world.
William Sperling, Acting CEO