Katz’ poem, “Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the welfare of our children is linked to the welfare of other people's children. The good life for our own children can be secured if a good life is secured for all children.”
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
Our Valley expects so much of their children, it is a hard place to grow up. Many children are stressed about how well they are doing in school, obesity is on the rise, and our special education needs an overall in order to benefit all children that need it. We are not spending enough on our children’s education including preschool and early education.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
Children are 23% of our population and 100% of our future. They should always come first in a budget. Their needs effect their whole lives.
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?
These issues are issues I work every day at Healthier Kids Foundation, in my partnership with Kids in Common, FIRST 5, SVCN, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
Santa Clara County Office of Education is working on a new special needs strategic plan. It hasn't been updated for 10 years. I plan to work closely with staff on this plan because I have a lot of personal experience in this area.
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?
I plan to continue to work these issues as CEO of Healthier Kids Foundation, part of the Alum Rock Union and Franklin McKinley Pilot Program focused on health and early education and preschool, as a Santa Clara County Office of Education Board Member.