First 5 California Applauds Legislature’s Approved Budget

Budget package makes significant multi-year investments in early
childhood education

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#First5Ca–Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California, praised
legislative leadership for passing the state budget today, which commits
significant multi-year increases in early childhood education
investments.

“On behalf of First 5 California and the 1.5 million young children we
serve, I am extremely pleased to see another year of continued strategic
reinvestment in our state’s early learning system. This year’s focus on
rebuilding the foundation of our child care and early learning system —
the per child funding rate — with a multi-year commitment is a necessary
step to help our system recover from the Great Recession,” said Ms.
Maben.

“We look forward to working with the Legislature and Governor Brown in
the months ahead to tackle outstanding issues within our existing
programs, including family income eligibility and continuity of care, as
addressed by AB 2150 (Santiago). We will continue to work diligently to
establish additional resources in future budgets that address the
still-desperate gaps in access low-income babies and young children face
to high-quality child care.

“At First 5 California, we also look forward to working with the Speaker
of the Assembly’s Blue Ribbon Commission, and we hope this Commission
will spur action toward a comprehensive, affordable, and high-quality
early learning system for all our youngest learners, ages 0 to 5.

“I want to thank the Legislative Women’s Caucus and Legislative
leadership for their ongoing commitment to our children and for finding
a way to ensure the youngest Californians and their families benefit
from our growing economy. I strongly urge the Governor to support this
approved budget,” said Ms. Maben.

About First 5 California

First 5 California, also known as the California Children and
Families Commission, was established after voters passed Proposition 10
in November 1998, which added a tax on tobacco products to fund
education, health, childcare, and other services for children ages 0 to
5 and their families. Its programs and resources are designed to educate
teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the critical role
they play during a child’s first five years – with the overarching goal
of helping more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in
school and in life. For more information, please visit
www.ccfc.ca.gov.

Contacts

First 5 California
Erin Gabel, 916-708-8895