Early Edge California’s Statement on California’s Final Budget Agreement
On Monday, June 29, Governor Newsom signed the 2020-2021 state budget bills which were passed by the Legislature earlier this month. The final budget agreement includes a “hold harmless” provision for state subsidized childcare providers as well as no cuts to reimbursement rates, and shifts certain Early Learning programs from the California Department of Education to the Department of Social Services. Learn more by reading our budget summary.
Early Edge California sincerely appreciates the difficult choices and all the hard work that went into this year’s final budget agreement. At a time of a global pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty, we applaud Governor Newsom and the Legislature for their unwavering support of Early Learning and childcare. Without access to Early Learning providers and programs, Californians are unable to go back to work, which only worsens our economic future. We know there is much more ahead as the state continues to struggle through the public health crisis and emerge from this fiscal tsunami. We look forward to partnering with our statewide leaders to ensure that access to high-quality Early Learning programs for our youngest learners and their families remains a priority.
Reactions from the field:
“When parents have access to quality child care they are more likely to be able to go back to work. Child care supports the healthy development and school readiness of children while parents are working thus building the economy now and for the future.”
— Deanna Mathies, Early Learning Executive Officer, Fresno Unified School District
“We are very appreciative that the recently adopted budget does not cut or penalize Early Care and Education Programs. This is an extremely challenging time to operate these programs, but they are essential for young children and their families. It has taken years for our programs to develop the infrastructure to serve low income families in our community. This budget helps us hang on until the Pandemic passes.”
— Kathy Lathrop, Director of Early Childhood Education/Child Development, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
“Our early learning program is a critical part of our educational system in Oakland, because it gives students a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of their education. We are grateful that our legislative partners see the same value that we do. By continuing to fund these programs during these complex times, we can support our youngest learners and their families. We deeply appreciate the governor approving these budget modifications.”
— Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent