On Apr. 12, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee
No. 1 on Education will hold a hearing on child care and preschool. In his
budget proposal, Gov. Brown called for substantial cuts to child care and
development programs as well as a detrimental restructuring of the entire early
learning system. With legislators making crucial decisions on early learning, now is
the time to share your opinions with them – send a letter today!
Gov. Brown proposes to cut
$517 million from child care and development programs, which would leave 62,000
children without care. If these cuts are enacted, child care and development will
have suffered a 42 percent funding reduction since 2008. Our most vulnerable children
and families cannot withstand such steep additional cuts.
On top of these potential cuts, Gov. Brown’s proposal to restructure
child care and development programs, except for part-day preschool, from the
California Department of Education to county welfare offices would eliminate
nearly half of the California State Preschool Program and the entire General
Child Care Program. About 80,000
low-income children would be displaced from preschools and child development
centers. This shift, which would decimate California’s early learning system,
offers no savings to the state.
Last week, more than 300 of you sent letters thanking the
members of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance who voted to
reject the restructuring proposal. Please
ask Senator Liu and Senator Wright to reject these detrimental proposals to
California’s child care and development programs.
Please Reject Gov. Brown's Child Care and Development Cuts, Realignment
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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