Press Release - October 26, 2020

Candidates for Santa Clara County Supervisor voice support for early childhood causes, aligning with findings in a recent voter survey

Santa Clara, CA, October 26, 2020 — A candidate forum held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and Choose Children Santa Clara engaged District 3 Supervisor candidates Otto Lee and Assemblymember Kansen Chu on the importance of early childhood issues for the county.

Both candidates expressed their support for the county’s youngest children by investing in early childhood care and education programs and policies should they be elected. Assemblymember Chu spoke of implementing better mental health services for children and families and addressing income inequality within Silicon Valley. Lee voiced support for spending more on quality childcare.

When asked about supporting families in obtaining quality childcare while also addressing the rising cost of living, Assemblymember Chu said, “We should be able to negotiate with the local school districts to get more space for childcare services. We should be pushing the state to continue increasing the slots, allocating based on the income level to our county. The inequality of daycare should also be front and center of state legislature discussion.”

In response, Lee nodded to the importance of prioritizing government spending around the needs of children:

“Incarceration is dumb money," said Lee. "It’s too late. Put that smart money into childhood investment.”

The candidate forum followed the release of a survey conducted by FM3, which found that 84% of Santa Clara County voters support making high-quality childcare and preschool programs affordable, and 52% of voters are more likely to back a candidate that establishes these issues as priority areas for the county. Aligned with these findings, both candidates were quick to voice their support for early childhood issues.

A recording of the forum can be viewed here.


About Choose Children Santa Clara County
Choose Children is a nonpartisan campaign launched by Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Center for Early Learning in 2016 to engage California’s then-candidates for governor on issues affecting the state’s babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Choose Children has shifted its focus to a local campaign committed to ensuring the next Santa Clara County Supervisor from District 3 is a champion for young children who makes early childhood care and education more accessible, affordable, and of higher quality for all children. The initiative is also led by Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Center for Early Learning in partnership with community, business, philanthropic, and educational leaders throughout the county. Learn more at

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here.  Learn more at