Governor Newsom’s Budget proposal signifies a monumental precedent for investing in our children through a comprehensive approach. In the May revision, total funding for education, including early childhood programs, would make up 45 percent of the state’s general fund.
Child360’s CEO William Sperling issued the following statement:
“We are pleased to have a governor who knows the importance of, and puts into action, investing in our children. We can all agree that no matter the background of a child – his race, socio-economic status, or family history – all children deserve to be happy, healthy, and thriving. The governor’s budget sets more opportunities for children to learn and be ready in school, while giving parents the infrastructure they need in their deepest times of support.
The May Revision Budget proposal outlines a robust parent agenda, setting a strong foundation for all of California’s children, yielding more than $2 billion in proposed spending for early childhood education. Child360 thanks the Governor for his investment in children and families and for his comprehensive approach to addressing their needs – from paid family leave to home visiting, to CalWORKS child care. We have been working in concert with our partners all across the state to advocate for such investments, and couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of a successful coalition. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature in the months ahead to pave a norm that continues to put families and children first; and in the words of the Governor, joining him in the “long haul over the course of the next many years as we build out the architecture to provide…universal [preschool] access.”
The May Revise proposes additional investments in early care and education that would:
- Improve child care quality through Quality Counts California
- Expand the maximum duration of a Paid Family Leave benefit claim from six weeks to eight weeks for all bonding and care-giving claims
- Enable CalWORKS recipients to receive Stage 1 child care for up to 12 months
- Provide nearly 14,000 additional children with CalWORKS child care (stages 2 and 3)
- Expand home visiting services for CalWORKS families, and enable the Department of Public Health to increase and improve participation in the California Home Visiting Program and the Black Infant Health Program
- Allow Alternative Payment agencies to offer emergency child care vouchers to families on the waiting list who are in crisis and in need of temporary assistance