Silicon Valley has 8,000 low-income 3- and 4-year olds who qualify for state subsidized early education programs, but there's no public funding available to serve them, says Avo Makdessian, vice president and director of SVCF's Center for Early Learning. So the center has started a campaign to help change the dialogue at the state level and make early education an ongoing priority in California's annual budget.
"The problem is that for the past several years, the state has never proposed a budget that includes robust investments in early education," says Makdessian. "Advocates have had to fight to get modest reinvestments. The time has come to be proactive and spend the next couple of years cultivating political will to make early education a top priority for the state, so we're not always reacting every year to proposed budgets that lack investments for children."
Continue reading about the Center for Early Learning in the latest issue of SVCF Magazine: