Santa Clara County Voter's Guide On Children's Issues

City of Campbell

Anne Souza

http://annesouza.com

My mission is to provide opportunities for children that will enrich their lives, give them the tools and resources to succeed, and help them to realize no obstacle is too great to overcome.

  1. What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?

    1. Access to Early Childhood education is hard for some families. The library is a great resource to help with this. I am supporting measure O in Campbell for an updated library that can accommodate more visitors at one time. 2. Adequate After school programs for all children is another area we could do better. Keeping children active and finding something they are passionate about helps with self esteem. 3. Physical fitness is missing from schools. "Finish Line Fitness" goes into schools during the lunch hour to help kids pass the presidential fitness test.

  2. How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?

    The youth are in my top 3 priorities. I will advocate for programs that work with children, especially those coming from low income families. The library is one of the most important resources for children and families. If measure O passes I will help make decisions that will benefit the library.

  3. 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?

    There are programs through our Park and Rec that offer preschool programs for low-income families. I would like to see more. The more our kids are educated and get an early start the better they will do in elementary school. This benefits all children. If everyone starts on the same playing field when they enter kindergarten the teachers have an easier time and less time has to be spent on working with those that need to catch up.

  4. What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?

    Campbell just received a grant for an all inclusive playground. I am very excited about this. I hope this is a start to making our City all inclusive. I will work to make our sidewalks and library are accessible to all.

  5. 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?

    The chamber of Commerce in Campbell has festivals to raise money for scholarships for summer camps for those in need. I would like to find more fundraisers and offer programs at the park and rec at discounted rates for those that can't afford it. I would ask schools that have service hour requirements to offer a tutoring program for students that need the help but can't afford to pay.