On April 30th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new portal to help parents, including essential workers and vulnerable families, find safe, reliable and accessible child care options. By typing in their zip code, families will be able to see childcare centers and homes that are currently open, their capacity, licensing history, and other useful information for choosing care.
Last week the SF Chronicle published an opinion piece, written by Deborah Stipek, about the amount and timing of early learning investments in California’s state budget. She notes that Governor Newsom is giving the issue the attention it deserves, but she also points out that there is no reason to delay increased funding for the key drivers of quality– early learning educators.
This month the 30th annual KidsCount Databook was published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report is filled with information about children’s health, education, and economic wellbeing. Some of the report’s highlights include information about California and about early learning and education.
During the past several months, Good2Know Network has posted about California state policymakers’ new emphasis on improvements and funding for early care and learning systems. While numerous bills are promising developments, low wage levels in the early childcare profession are not being addressed in Sacramento.
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued its first-ever set of guidelines for how much time young children should spend sitting and looking at a screen. The advice recommends parents limit children’s sedentary time on a screen as a way of promoting active play so that children can grow in their physical development.
The first 2019 episode of the California Community Colleges podcast series covered the very important topic of Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis on child care providers and educators. The podcast, hosted by Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor of California Community Colleges, features a conversation with two knowledgeable early learning advocates: Samantha Tran, Senior Managing Director of Education Policy at Children Now, and Heather Hough, Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education.
Governor Newsom recently appointed Nadine Burke Harris as the state’s first surgeon general. Dr. Burke Harris is a physician and a “pioneering leader in the field of toxic stress and health,” according to The California Health Report. Her new appointment highlights Governor Newsom’s desire to take a strong stance against poverty and its implications for our children, by taking serious measures to combat the dangers of childhood trauma at its core.