On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2020-21 state budget, proposing a series of investments and policy reforms that will build a cohesive and comprehensive early childhood system with integrated health services, child care, and early education. We’re pleased to see California, a leading state in innovation, break down long-standing silos in early childhood and make way for new approaches to bring better support to more young children and their families.
With this budget, the Governor continues the groundbreaking work from his first year in office that included a historic investment of more than $2 billion dollars in early childhood. We applaud him for his continued focus on the whole child, as evidenced in his proposal to create a new Department of Early Childhood Development.
“We know from our work co-designing programs and services with families, that too often parents and caregivers feel overwhelmed by the prospect of navigating multiple systems to get the care their children need and deserve,” said Sheetal Singh, executive director of the Early Learning Lab. “We are excited that a Department of Early Childhood Development would open the door to innovation in the early childhood system and we stand ready to be part of the solution.”