In an article by EdSource, Early Edge CA Executive Director, Patricia Lozano, was asked to comment on Gov. Newsom’s 2021-22 budget proposal.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system offer their thought-provoking comments on the governor’s plan for education in the 2021-22 budget proposal.
What stands out in the governor’s proposed budget for education?
“Governor Newsom is keeping his commitment to Early Learning by prioritizing investments to stabilize our system during the health and economic crises that continue to challenge our state. This year’s budget provides a strong starting point for implementing the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care. We appreciate the one-time investments in TK and in professional development for teachers, including training to support Dual Language Learners, as well as key investments in school facilities, child care, special education, and early literacy. We look forward to collaborating with the Governor, his Administration, and the Legislature to ensure all young children thrive.”
What changes would you recommend that the Legislature make to it?
“We should work with the Legislature and the Administration on the details of how to invest the $1 billion from the Federal Covid Relief. It is important that all Early Learning programs have access to these funds, especially home-based providers. We should also continue the investments from 2020 to stabilize the industry, including providing care for essential workers, offsetting family fees, covering the costs of cleaning supplies and PPE, and also consider financial support to pay for the COVID vaccine.”
– Patricia Lozano, executive director of Early Edge California