FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2023 at 11:57 a.m. PT 

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Children Now’s Statement on Gov. Newsom’s 2023-24 State Budget May Revision 


OAKLAND, CA—Children Now President Ted Lempert issued the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s 2023-24 California state budget May Revision: 

Since there are other areas where additional funding is being proposed in this tight budget year, child care must also be on that list.  We need to move with urgency to an alternative cost-based rate system, and the Governor and Legislature need to make a substantial down payment this year of at least $1.5 billion.  There is an urgent need to support our child care workforce, ensure access so parents and guardians can get jobs, and provide the early care and education that our kids need to thrive. 




About Children Now    

Children Now is a non-partisan, whole-child research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health, education and well-being in California. The organization also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a network of over 5,000 direct service, parent, youth, civil rights, faith-based and community groups dedicated to improving children’s well-being.