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January Budget Proposal Released

Last Friday, January 10th, Governor Newsome presented his Budget Proposal. The summary document is over 250 pages and his presentation lasted almost three hours. Compared with last year’s record-setting reinvestment in early care and education (ECE), the proposed funding increases for child care and preschool are relatively modest. The largest increase is $32M in 2020-21, […]

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Dec 0
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County of Santa Clara Releases First Ever Children’s Budget

Last month the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the first ever Santa Clara County Children’s Budget – a comprehensive accounting of the funds flowing through and from the County of Santa Clara that supports programs for children and their families. Altogether, the County spends almost $860 million per year across 180 programs addressing […]

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Dec 0
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Policy, Partnership and Practice Conference Builds Early School Success

Getting the alignment between preschool and early elementary education right is vital if our children and communities are to receive all the benefits of high quality early care and education (ECE). Recent research following on from the originally disappointing studies of Tennessee’s preschool program have demonstrated that the benefits of the program persist through third […]

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Sep 0
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The Fate of Our Bills at the End of the Legislative Session

Back in May, a delegation of Strong Start coalition members, along with staff from the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Board Trustees, headed to Sacramento for our annual advocacy day. From the raft of early care and education (ECE) legislation that had been proposed, we highlighted five bills to discuss with lawmakers. With […]

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Sep 0
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School bond bill signed into law, heads for the March 3, 2020 ballot

Governor Newsom has signed a bill placing a $15 billion bond for schools’ construction and renovation, that includes funding for district operated preschool facilities, on the March 3, 2020 statewide ballot. The “Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020” will require a two-thirds majority vote to pass. The measure includes […]

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Jul 0
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AB 776 Passes the Senate Education Committee

AB 776 (Kalra) has passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously as it continues through the legislative process. The bill, co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Children Now, was included in Strong Start’s advocacy day agenda in Sacramento in May. It requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a process […]

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Jun 0
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What’s in the 2019-20 California Budget?

Governor Gavin Newsom’s first budget has passed the legislature, and includes many – but not all – of the pieces of the May Budget Revise proposal. The record $215 billion budget expands the state’s Medicaid program – MediCal – to cover undocumented young adults, makes supplemental payments into the state’s public employee pension systems, spends […]

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Jun 0
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2019 Kids Count data book

One of the first blog posts we wrote was on last year’s Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count data book. The 2019 version has just been released (https://www.aecf.org/resources/2019-kids-count-data-book/) and, just like last year, it paints a mixed picture for California’s children. The state has made essentially no progress – moving from 36th to 35th overall […]

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The State Of Preschool 2018

Today marks the release of the National Institute for Early Education Research’s (NIEER) 16th annual State of Preschool report. The NIEER State of Preschool 2018 yearbook is the only national report on state-funded preschool programs, tracking enrollment, spending, and policies to support quality since 2002. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the state preschool […]

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Mar 0
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Santa Clara County Health Rankings – Dig a Little Deeper

The annual County Health Rankings – a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – were published last week, along with a report emphasizing the importance of affordable housing on overall health. As is typical for these kinds of reports, Santa Clara County looks great – ranked third in California behind Marin and San Mateo […]

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