New State Budget Offers Promise for Early Childhood Education
First Five of Alameda County is joining advocates statewide to generate public support of Governor Newsom’s first budget, which would make significant “investments in early childhood programs and policies we would like to implement or expand.” The budget, which is nearing final approval and takes effect July 1, includes $348 million to end childhood deep poverty in the CalWORKS program, nearly $155 million for home visiting and infant health services, and increases in child care services for low-income families.
Early childhood education is also slated for major investments including planning for universal preschool throughout California, and $490 million to expand subsidized child care facilities and invest in educating the childcare workforce. Other proposals expand family paid leave from six to eight weeks. “This budget brings welcome leadership on some of the most important, structural issues California families face,” notes Bruce Simon, Associate Director of the Institute for STEM Education at Cal State East Bay. “We look forward to working to make sure the money is well spent and helps deliver STEM—and all—education to California’s diverse population.”