SEIU California Calls for Attention to Early Childhood Education in Budget Talks

Investment in children’s early learning is key to getting California’s schools back on track and making California’s economy and workforce more competitive.

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, SEIU California State Council President Laphonza Butler released the following statement underscoring the need to invest in the care and early development of California’s littlest citizens:

“SEIU applauds Governor Brown’s commitment to closing the educational and economic gaps in California. It is without a doubt a civil rights issue that must be thoroughly addressed in order to secure the success of our state.

“However, directing new resources towards California’s schools will only pay off if we simultaneously invest in the key years that help determine success and performance in K-12 schools. Research proves that 90 percent of brain development occurs in the first five years of a child’s life, yet Sacramento proposals continue to cut and gut vital services to in-home care and other preschool settings. Increasing access to high quality child care and early learning must be a key component for any education agenda; working parents are desperate for solutions to improve their sons and daughters’ school readiness.

“As our children’s first teachers, California child care providers are ready to help reform and transform our early education system. They are uniting with parents to increase investments to improve quality, training and standards, and give working moms and dads the peace of mind that their children are getting the quality care they need to succeed.

“Early learning and care are proven investments that have a high return and will pay dividends to California’s children, families and the economy — immediately and over the long-term.”

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SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.

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