• Head Start California Updates
    Leadership and Wellness Symposium Recap

    A time of inspiration, laughter, and reflection
     
    We heard you! After two hard years of leading your programs through unprecedented times, Head Start leaders wanted a chance to gather with colleagues to refill your emotional reserves and recharge your wellness batteries. So, HSC created our first Leadership and Wellness Symposium, partnering with the Hanna Institute to offer leaders a rejuvenating experience over three days.
    On June 21-23, our partners from the Hanna Institute, Erin Hawkins and Nick Dalton,

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    MDI 2022: We Are Better Together!

    Thank you for making our first in-person event since 2020 one for the books!
     
    Head Start California had the pleasure of hosting our first in-person conference since the pandemic – Managers & Directors Institute! After two long years of locking down and learning through a screen, we were delighted that nearly 200 Head Start leaders joined us face-to-face! Thank you to our attendees who took the journey with us as we navigated how to meet safely in-person.

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    Press Release: Gov’s May Revise Misses Opportunity to Support CA’s Most Vulnerable Families

    (Sacramento, CA)- Head Start California was disappointed to see that, despite a record-breaking $97.5 billion surplus, Governor Gavin Newsom declined to include funding for Head Start teacher salaries in his May Revise budget proposal.
    Head Start programs provide high-quality early learning and care, access to medical, dental and immunization services, and supportive services and leadership opportunities for parents. But profoundly inadequate wages mean that programs have struggled to hire and retain the teachers needed to keep classrooms open.

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    Head Start California Interviewed by Fox40 News about $50 Million Budget Request

    Head Start California’s Director of Government Affairs, Anna Ioakimedes, was interviewed by Fox 40 reporter Ashley Zavala about our budget request! The report played on local Sacramento television stations during the morning news and was shared by Fox 40 on their website and on Twitter. Statewide news source CalMatters shared the link to the report in its daily newsletter.
    This media attention helps us demonstrate to lawmakers the importance of our ask.

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    Changing Eligibility in a SNAP

    OHS Expands Head Start Eligibility to Include SNAP
    Head Start California welcomes today’s announcement by the Office of Head Start to expand its definition of public assistance to include families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This change will dramatically improve the ability of Head Start programs to continue to serve California’s most vulnerable children aged 0 to 5 and their families by eliminating barriers to accessing high-quality childcare.
    For many years, Head Start has allowed eligibility for families who receive ‘public assistance.’ However,

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  • Head Start California Updates
    Head Start California Statement on April 3 Downtown Sacramento Violence

    The Head Start community grieves with the families of the victims of the violence in downtown Sacramento on April 3, 2022. Six families have lost parents or children.
    The remarks of our elected leaders highlight this one simple idea that unites us all: we all have families – people we love. President Biden summarized the painful truth: “Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible.” Governor Newsom agreed that this tragedy has left “families with lost loved ones,

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  • Head Start California Updates
    What About the Children?

    The crisis in Ukraine is deeply concerning. Daily news reports keep us updated on the Ukrainian’s efforts to defend themselves. We’ve listened to Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy deliver moving speeches, and multiple organizations are now tracking the more than 3 million refugees that have fled the violence, crossing the border into Poland, Romania and other neighboring countries— now overwhelmed by the scope of need. It’s hard to see these images and feel like there is nothing we can do.

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    2022 Annual Conference Recap

    We definitely colored outside the lines!
    Head Start California would like to applaud the 2022 Annual Conference planning committee members for their diligent work in selecting the content for the more than 45 sessions for the 2022 Virtual Annual Conference!
    This year’s planning committee included:
    Billiejo LaBriola, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon, Elizabeth Holloway, Christine Feenstra and Threasa Hernandez. The conference committee provides program perspective on training needs, participates in the selection process of workshops, and identifies speakers.

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  • Advocacy and Policy NewsHead Start California Updates
    Governor’s Budget Falls Short of Dedicated Head Start Funding, Despite a Budget Surplus

    Sacramento, Calif. (January 10, 2022) – On January 10, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed 2022-23 budget. Head Start California was disappointed that despite another enormous surplus — $20.6 billion in discretionary spending — Head Start programs again did not receive dedicated funding in the state budget.
    “Head Start programs are life-changing,” said Christopher Maricle, Executive Director of Head Start California. “A state investment in Head Start would help tens of thousands of families who would benefit from Head Start’s comprehensive,

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  • Advocacy and Policy NewsHead Start California Updates
    Press Release: Child Advocacy Group Thanks Legislative Champion

    Assembly Majority Leader Reyes Champions Budget Request
    on Behalf of California Families
     
    (Sacramento, CA) – In a briefing on Head Start programs for the capitol community today, California State Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (AD 47) announced she will champion a $50 million budget request for Head Start agencies in California. Head Start California, the membership association representing local Head Start programs, deeply appreciates the continued support from the majority leader.
    As the majority leader noted,

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