Dr. James Heckman, American economist and Nobel Laureate states, “California has a golden past, a troubled present and a precarious future.”
Investing in prevention, rather than remediation, is a strategic money saver. The rate of return on each dollar invested is greatest during a child’s earliest years, including access to high-quality pre-K programs.
The “happiest place on Earth” is not so happy when it comes to our children. Proposed cuts will erode quality programming, and the backlash will decrease spaces in our state-funded programs serving our most vulnerable children, who should be our priority investment.
Anticipated cuts will result in the closure of local programs. The fallout will be devastating to our community’s economic well-being as the snowball effect falls into place. If mom cannot go to work due to lack of safe, affordable child development programs, families will suffer, creating increased unemployment, homelessness, social service needs, remediation programs, detention facilities and the unthinkable scenario of our children placed in unsafe situations. As a caring community we must ask ourselves ... is this what we want? Please contact your state representatives immediately with your concerns. Now is the time for us to speak up. Our children need and deserve better.
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