Op-Ed from Leading Child Childcare Expert
Evidence matters. Dr. Michael Olenick’s summary of the history of childcare expansion efforts, and the research of how different policy initiatives impacted early childhood systems, is clear and succinct. The implications for California’s most recent policy changes are serious. And a solution is completely achievable.
For more than a century, California has supported an early care system with small incremental changes while leaving much of the system to the marketplace. Plans laid by the governor to implement a Universal Transitional Kindergarten statewide by 2025 have been similarly imposed in other states,
California Budget Update
It’s been a hectic few weeks. We did not get our $50M budget request for Head Start. Not yet! However, our Roar Back with Start campaign had some promising outcomes:
1. Over 50 agencies signed on to our budget request letter.
- 16 Statewide agencies, including Parent Voices, First 5 of California, Children Now, the California Teachers Association, and California Federation of Teachers.
- 38 providers including:
- 30 private non-profits
- 5 Community Action Programs
- 3 County Offices of Educations
Press Release: Head Start California Urges Legislature and Governor to Agree on Budget that Supports Head Start Programs
Current proposal could leave out 60% of Head Start programs, which serve over 70% of Head Start children and families
Sacramento, Calif. (June 23, 2021) – As the legislature and the Governor continue to negotiate the 2021- 2022 budget, Head Start California continues to advocate for funding so that its programs can remain viable and stable.
In his May Revision budget, Governor Newsom included a proposal to expand Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to all four-year-olds.
Press Release: California Lawmakers Urge Funding for Head Start, Serving Most Vulnerable Children
Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus joins Assembly Majority Leader in urging lawmakers to support Head Start’s budget request
Sacramento, Calif. (June 9, 2021) – Today, a bipartisan, bicameral group of California lawmakers urged Governor Newsom, legislative leaders, and their colleagues to support state funding for Head Start programs.
In a letter led by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes, 16 legislators urged Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon,
Press Release: Over 50 California Organizations Call for State Funding for Head Start
Assembly Majority Leader issues letter of support
Sacramento, Calif. (June 2, 2021) – Over 50 California organizations showed their strong support for state funding for Head Start programs.In a letter to legislative leaders led by Head Start California, they urged the lawmakers to allocate $50 million for Head Start programs in the 2021-22 budget.
This follows Governor Newsom’s announcement of the state’s $75 billion budget surplus and a proposal to expand Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to all four-year-olds.
Press Release: Head Start California’s Statement on the May Revise
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2021
Contact: Jamie Mauhay
Head Start California’s Statement on the May Revise
SACRAMENTO, Calif., (May 14, 2021) – Christopher Maricle, Executive Director, Head Start California, issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s May Revision:
“We applaud Governor Newsom’s commitment to increasing access to early childhood learning and care for California’s families, and we agree that a deep and permanent investment is long overdue.
AB 22 Is Not the Only Solution for California’s Children and Families
Head Start California is in strong opposition to Assembly Bill 22 (McCarty), which would expand transitional kindergarten to all 4-year olds. While we appreciate the bill’s intent to ensure that children are ready to thrive when they enter a public school system, we believe there are unintended consequences that will arise as a result of implementation of AB 22 that would harm, not help, California’s low-income children and families. Head Start California is opposed for the following reasons:
AB 22 does not address what at-risk children need.
Every Shot Counts
As vaccinations become more available, and as the guidelines for access include more of us, we are each faced with the question of whether or not to receive the vaccination shot. We all make decisions like this based on a variety of factors including our individual health, personal faith or beliefs, environmental factors, and access to name just a few. Sometimes it’s not easy, and it helps if we can evaluate our options based on trusted information.
HSC 2021 Virtual Annual Conference Recap
Head Start California would like to thank the 2021 Annual Conference planning committee members for their excellent work in selecting the content for the more than 60 sessions in six main content areas for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference! The planning committee is made up of Head Start California members from across the state.
This year’s planning committee included:
Billiejo LaBriola, Jackie Escobar, Caroline Meraz, Dr. Deidre Jones, Birdie Winrow, Gabriela Rivera, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon,
Your Voice in the Master Plan
This month, Head Start California is working through its regional clusters to coordinate a comprehensive response to The Master Plan for Early Learning and Care. The Master Plan has major implications for Head Start’s role in the future of California’s mixed delivery system for early childhood care and learning. Our goal is to solicit broad input from Head Start programs across California to ensure that we can provide the administration with a cohesive and clear set of recommendations.