LOS ANGELES, California – A $2.3 billion investment in California’s early childhood education will provide “quality education, good health care, and other things they need to have successful lives,” according to Governor Gavin Newsom.
Newsom’s visit to Los Angeles on Thursday was his opportunity to detail how the money, earmarked as part of the 2019-20 state budget, will be used. He made the announcement at the Hope Street Family Center, a facility which provides services to thousands of local children annually.
“This is a moment of abundance where we have the privilege of being in a position where we can make these investments,” said Newsom.
“And so it’s absolutely incumbent upon all of us to make sure that we map out in a very sober and thoughtful way a master plan for early childhood education.”
The $2.3 billion investment includes:
- $300 million for full-day kindergarten facilities
- $5 million to develop a long-term plan for early learning and care
- $143.3 million to increase access to subsidized child-care for 12,400 income ages 0-12
- $263 million for early learning and care facilities.
“We need to be innovative, creative and visionary by imagining the early learning and care system we want for families and children, especially when one in five children live in poverty in our state. That is inexcusable, and we need to be doing more,” added Newsom.