SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California, praised Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins for their budget agreement today that commits $265 million to improve the lives of children and provides a foundation to rebuild our early learning system.
“With the addition of 7,000 additional preschool slots and 6,800 child care slots, the Governor and Legislature recognize California’s children and families need more access to high-quality child care,” said Ms. Maben.
This agreement also makes a significant policy statement that commits to a multiple-year strategy for rebuilding our early learning system by providing rate increases to fund the backbone of high-quality care—providers and teachers. In addition, the agreement includes a one-time $24 million commitment to the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for infants and toddlers.
“I want to specifically acknowledge the hard work and support of the Legislative Women’s Caucus for their consistent, multi-year vision in building the high-quality child care system every child and family deserves,” added Ms. Maben.
Research shows children, their families, and all Californians will reap long-term benefits from these budget investments as children who have access to high-quality early learning and care have demonstrated reduced healthcare costs, are better learners, citizens, and ultimately better earners.
About First 5 California
First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, was established after voters passed Proposition 10 in November 1998, adding a 50-cent tax on tobacco products to fund education, health, child care and other programs for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. We are the only state affiliated Commission working to improve the quality of California’s preschool programs. We fund programs that educate parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers about the critical role they play during a child's first five years. Since our creation, we've supported millions of families with programs and services designed to help more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school — and in life. For more information, please visit www.first5california.com/parents.