Proposed Budget Fails to Support the State’s Youngest Kids
May 16, 2016
Oakland, CA – The May Revision of the state budget released today falls short on addressing the needs of the California’s most critical assets, its kids. Specifically, the revised budget fails to recognize the reality of working families who need quality early learning options.
Costs are going up but state funding for child care is going down. It is estimated the state is more than seven years behind in what it pays providers for child care and preschool services. Rather than take a cue from the Legislature’s Women’s Caucus and shore up the early learning system, the May Revise proposal to restructure the system includes no meaningful new funding. While streamlining the historically fragmented system is needed, the proposal as is without more funding threatens to compromise an already fragile system.
“California’s future prosperity is dependent on quality early learning programs that give kids a strong start intellectually, socially and emotionally,” said Ted Lempert, President of Children Now. “Increasing funding will help child care and preschool providers keep their doors open, meet new minimum wage laws and prepare for the future, so that children and working families have access to these essential programs. Investments must be made now to move toward a stronger, high-quality early childhood system.”
Children Now calls on California’s lawmakers to invest significantly more in high-quality programs to support our youngest kids’ development, health and education.
About Children Now: Children Now is a nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a grassroots network of more than 1,500 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more at www.childrennow.org