Here is a sample support letter for AB 393. Please copy and paste onto your letterhead, sign, and upload it to the California Legislative Portal following the instructions below.
1. Go to: https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/
2. Create an account if you do not already have one.
3. Click on “Submit a Letter”.
4. Select a bill: AB 393
5. Select stance: Support, Subject AB 393 (Rivas)
6. Upload your letter, review, and submit.
The Honorable Luz Rivas
California State Assembly
1021 O Street, Suite 4250
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 393 (Rivas) – SUPPORT
Dear Assembly Member Rivas:
[Name of Your Organization] supports AB 393 (Rivas), which would expand asset-based dual language learner (DLL) identification to general childcare (CCTR) and migrant childcare (CMIG) programs. This bill builds on landmark legislation which, for the first time in the nation, improved and standardized the identification of DLLs to better resource and support them. This is a critical next step as it will build a foundation for the cradle-to-career data system that builds on DLLs’ linguistic skills and needs.
Specifically, AB 393 requires the Department of Social Services to establish a standardized process for identifying DLLs enrolled in CCTR or CMIG programs. It also requires contractors to report essential information about them; this information will help childcare providers support DLLs in developing their home language and English. In addition, it will help inform state resource allocation decisions that could be leveraged to support the long-term success of DLLs by developing the early linguistic assets that benefit them and the state as a whole.
Childcare programs must be culturally and linguistically responsive and integrate supports to ensure that DLL’s linguistic and related developmental needs are met. In addition, standardizing DLL identification and collecting crucial information about their assets helps raise awareness about the importance and benefits of the home language and bilingualism.
This bill will ensure DLLs have positive outcomes and provide them with the support they need to be successful in a global economy. For these reasons, we strongly SUPPORT AB 393.