Presidents’ Day and George Washington’s Wish
After NHSA’s Winter Leadership Institute, and before my flight back to California on Jan. 31, I took two hours to walk from the hotel to the Washington Monument and back. I’ve visited a few times before, but this time I was intent upon getting a ticket and taking the elevator to the top. It was well worth it. The story of its construction was fascinating and the view from the top was impressive.
When I awoke 17 days later to Presidents’ Day,
Head Start at the Table
We are expanding our presence “at the table,” ensuring that Head Start is engaged in conversations that shape policy, legislation and regulation impacting Head Start programs.
Table 1: Early Childhood Policy Council. Members of this council will work to elevate the needs of young children and their families as well as advise lawmakers on education, care and development of young children. Head Start is well-represented by several leaders actively working in the Head Start community:
Head Start California visits lawmakers on Capitol Hill
The weather was cool, but not snowy, in our nation’s Capital last week, when 48 members of our California Head Start community participated in NHSA’s Winter Leadership Institute. Workshops covered a variety of important topics including enrollment, workforce, trauma-informed care and immigration, to name a few. On Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, our national Head Start community gathered in the Rayburn House Office Building for the congressional breakfast.
We are glad members of our California delegation were able to join us at the Head Start Congressional Breakfast,
Annual Conference 2020 Recap
Head Start California would like to thank the 2020 Annual Conference planning committee members for their remarkable job selecting the content of workshops for our 2020 Conference which inspired more than one attendee to say that this was the best HSC conference they had attended in years.
2020 Annual Conference Planning Committee Members: Billiejo LaBriola, Elizabeth Solton, Heather Eltringham, Joanne Hubbard, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon, and Christine Feenstra. If you are interested in participating in next year’s conference planning committee for our event in Anaheim,
Governor’s proposed 2020 budget includes new Early Childhood Development department
California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his $222.2 billion state budget on January 10. Among his plans to spend part of a projected $5.6 billion surplus on green technology and homeless aid, Governor Newsom’s plan would also steer more money to Medi-Cal, and boost assistance for homeless people and mental healthcare.
Head Start California is eagerly awaiting the trailer bill language and looking forward to the budget hearings in the coming weeks to learn more about the Governor’s budget proposals.
Are ‘Free Phones’ Really Free? How We’re Connecting Families to Services They Need
We’ve all seen them. People standing on street corners, holding or spinning signs that read: “free phone.” I see them regularly just outside our office in downtown Sacramento on the corner of 9th and K. I’ve never paid much attention, nor have I seen anyone stop and talk to them, mostly because it seems like a gimmick. We see that and think “sure, but what’s the catch?”
Surprisingly, it is not a gimmick. There is no catch.
We Advocate Because They are Worth it
What is an advocate? The Merriam Webster online dictionary offers a few definitions, but the simplest is this: an advocate is ‘one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group.’ It seems unfair or perhaps misleading that the definition should be so simple. Because advocacy is not simple. It is complicated and time-consuming. Advocacy is a lot of work.
Here’s the payoff. In our case, it is noble work.
No Child Left Uncounted
Let’s start the new year with a counting party! Census 2020 is coming fast and our Head Start community has a critical role to play. It is estimated that over one million children under age 5 were not counted in the last census. An undercount in 2020 could cost California more than $3 billion in federally funded programs, including those affecting young children. Our goal for 2020: no child left uncounted!
Partnering with the California WIC and First 5 associations to reach out to all families with young children may be the most important action we take for the next decade,
New Appointments to the Early Learning Policy Council
The Head Start community in California is encouraged Gov. Newsom’s November 22nd appointments to the Early Learning Policy Council (ELPC). Join me in congratulating Yvette Sanchez Fuentes and Scott Moore. The Head Start community will be well-represented by these veteran, early childhood professionals.
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes served most recently as director of children, youth, and family services for the Community Action Partnership for San Luis Obispo.
Census 2020: Make Sure Every Child is Counted
Census 2020: Make Sure Every Child is Counted
Census Day is April 1, 2020, just four months away. We are ramping up our efforts to make sure that children under age 5 won’t face the same rate of undercount they did in the last census. The 2010 Census missed close to 1 million young children — costing over a billion dollars each year in federal funding for these and other vital social programs — including Head Start.