March 4, 2014 brought an important consent item to the agenda of the Long Beach City Council. Initiated by then Vice Mayor, Dr. Robert Garcia and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, these two City of Long Beach leaders requested that the City Manager’s Office staff research universal Pre-Kindergarten options for Long Beach and provide a written report back regarding expanding preschool programs in Long Beach. On July 21, 2014, a report from the City Manager’s Office was released in response to the March consent item. Read More
Analysis of Child Care in the California State Budget 2014-2015
Child Care Law Center is pleased to share with you our Analysis of Child Care Provisions in the California State Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
The Budget Bill, SB 852, adds more than $250 million to California’s child care programs next year. Between 2008 and 2013, California eliminated nearly $1 billion in overall child care funding and services for 110,000 children, so reinvestment is cause for celebration.
The majority of funding for new child care slots and quality improvements is directed toward three- and four-year-old children. The additional funds do little to meet the needs of the disproportionate number of infants and toddlers waiting for subsidized child care.
The budget legislation also heavily weights reinvestment in subsidized child care through state-contracted child care facilities rather than through voucher-based programs. Many poor families are unable to use state-contracted child care facilities because low-wage work disproportionately involves variable and non-traditional work hours that the contracted facilities find difficult to accommodate. These families rely on child care vouchers to secure a wider array of family child care home and license-exempt child care.
Proposals by the Assembly Committee on the Budget and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee to offer more extensive and broad-based reinvestment, including upwards of $400 million and 40,000 slots, were not approved this year. But they offer a starting point for next year’s work to reinvest, so that California’s most vulnerable families can obtain safe, nurturing care that meets their needs.
Business, Medical, and Non-Profit Partners Launch New National Effort at CGI America to Help Close the Word Gap
At the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting in Denver, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new collaborative effort of Too Small to Fail, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Scholastic Inc. and Reach Out and Read to raise awareness among parents about early language development. For the first time the AAP will promote early literacy—beginning from an infant’s very first days—as an “essential” component of primary care visits. Through this commitment, the partners will ensure that doctors, parents and caregivers have the information, tools and books they need to promote reading out loud to children every day starting in infancy. Read More
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth
In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth, under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce on Tuesday. This is the first time the academy — which has issued recommendations on how long mothers should nurse their babies and advises parents to keep children away from screens until they are at least 2 — has officially weighed in on early literacy education. Read More
Obama, Clinton, McCain and Frist Appeal to Parents to #CloseTheWordGap
The more people that hear these important messages, the closer we will get to closing the word gap. Help us spread the word by sharing these videos on Facebook and Twitter, read the blog post from the White House about this effort, and stay tuned! We have more videos from other individuals coming soon. Read More