Put children and families first. Let us foster and encourage the success of children, meeting their needs academically, socially, and emotionally. As members of our community, we have that moral obligation that children be safe, happy and successful.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
The three issues affecting our children: 1) access to preschool services 2) access to healthcare 3) access to affordable housing Elect candidates who have a deeper understanding of the plight of children and families who are continually struggling to provide what is necessary for the children to be protected, healthy and happy.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
Ensure that the budget addresses and allocates resources where children are involved in terms of education, preschool, healthcare and affordable housing.
What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?
I would advocate to elect officials that care deeply about our children in terms of their education, preschool services, healthcare especially children who are low-income and English language learners.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
Ensure that funding is allocated to assist children and children with special needs and with disabilities in terms of education so that they can be successful in school and improve outcomes.
Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?
In my capacity as a school board member, I have strongly advocated that resources and funding be allocated to assist children of color and children of low-income families to ensure they have access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. I will continue to do just that.