How we win
It was an eventful year for your association in the advocacy world. In a prior post, we’ve outlined what we attempted and what we’ve achieved, so I will not reiterate that here. But I would be remiss if I didn’t publicly thank the terrific work of the consultants that helped lead the work.
- Andrea Ball did an excellent job helping us navigate the halls of the state capitol and coordinating meetings with legislative and administration staff.
Thank You for Supporting Head Start
On behalf of Head Start California, thank you for supporting and advocating for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. On June 27, Governor Newsom signed the 2019-20 budget that provides significant increases and investments for early learning initiatives. With your help, we demonstrated the importance of early intervention programs for our most at-risk children and families across California. Thank you!
Here is an update from this session:
Head Start Budget Request
While the $20 million allocation to Head Start did not make it into the final budget,
Last Chance to get Head Start in the CA Budget
Time is running out, but we are not giving up! Head Start California is still fighting to get funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the California budget. And we need your help!
Over the next few weeks, a small group of California lawmakers will decide if our state will invest in Head Start and Early Head Start. We are asking them to provide $20 million to help ensure that critical Head Start and Early Head Start programs are available to California’s most at-risk children.
Numbers That Count
Measurement is such a powerful idea. It is at the heart of science. Numbers are how we test theories, monitor progress and provide feedback. The computer gaming industry certainly understands this. Since the early days of pinball, games have been designed to give constant feedback that is numeric (score), visual (lights) and auditory (bells and whistles).
That’s why dashboards have become so popular. Everyone understands when you’re driving a car that you need to watch a few important indicators: speed,
Blue Ribbon Commission Report
30 Recommendations Involving Head Start
It was in Spring 2017 that Speaker Anthony Rendon first convened the Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education. The commission has worked for two years with extensive input and study to develop its recommendations. Their draft report was released on March 12, 2019, and yesterday, March 29 2019, they published their final recommendations.
The report contains more than 30 recommendations regarding Head Start. We’ve created our own report summarizing these and you can find it here.
The Big Conversation – California’s Smallest Children
The governor’s January budget proposes substantial investments in early childhood education and care (ECE)—hundreds of millions of dollars to support ECE facilities, employees and systems. In February, the CDE’s Early Learning and Care Division rolled out its year-long $10.6M Preschool Development Grant needs assessment and planning process. On March 11, the California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Early Childhood Education presented its draft report: a bold, balanced and comprehensive assessment of our mixed delivery system.
Help Secure a Stronger Start, Brighter Future for Our Children
Your help is needed to ensure that California invests the resources required to strengthen Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Together, we can improve the entire early childhood education and care system.
Please contact your legislators today to tell them to fund Head Start and Early Head Start programs – and invest in California’s most vulnerable children and families. Sending this pre-drafted message will only take one minute of your time.