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Letter of Support for Comprehensive Early Care and Education Proposal

June 15, 2015

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Office of the Governor
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: Support for Comprehensive Early Care and Education Proposal 

Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing to urge your support for the Legislature’s early care and education budget proposal, which would help strengthen our education system for California children and their families. Access to affordable, high quality child care is critical to helping families achieve economic security, and to ensuring our children reach their maximum potential in school and beyond.

Research continues to confirm the benefits of high quality early childhood programs, including increasing a child’s lifetime earnings, reducing a child’s involvement with the criminal justice system, and lowering state expenditures on remedial education.

California’s early care and education system sustained major cuts during the recession that have not yet been restored. California has cut funding for subsidized childhood programs by more than $1 billion since 2007, reducing access to services for many of the state’s low-income families. As more and more parents work outside of the home, access to early care and education services will be increasingly vital to help working Americans meet the demands of their jobs and families.

By improving access, quality and provider reimbursement rates, the Legislature’s budget proposal would go a long way towards creating a stable and comprehensive care and education system that improves prospects for working families, and provides our youngest learners with the opportunity to thrive and succeed in the 21st century. These are prudent investments in the state’s human capital, and should be included among the thoughtful proposals in your budget package. 

Sincerely,

Sarah Crow
Associate Director
Children and Families Program
Next Generation

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