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

City of Milpitas, Mayor

Jose "Joe" Esteves

https://estevesformayor.com

To ensure that every child is afforded and provided with sustained quality and well-rounded education from infant to school age under the partnership of Milpitas Unified School District, City of Milpitas, and organized parent and family engagement network; and with the presence of full community awareness. Our children, our life!!

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

    a. Lack of affordability and access to education for young children(infant through school age), high cost and lack of availability of quality early education programs, -increase participation and contribution of: government agencies(school districts; local, state and federal), private sector and nonprofit groups -expand transitional kindergarten and increase current income eligibility b. Need for parent/family support and participation - education on parent’s role and responsibilities regarding children’s education and development, - formalize family involvement network, locally and regionally c. Need for a formal regional masterplan for our children educational program -develop compatible software platform, database, provider network, workforce development, competitive compensation.

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

    -partner with the school district regarding support for early children education and allot fix funding for this program during the budget process. Identify the fixed source of fund for this purpose. -make this a budget priority for Council and the City. -provide for a regular reporting process as to performance, budget plan versus actual budget, independent control and auditing of all its expenditures.

  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?

    -increase participation and contribution of: government agencies(school districts; local, state and federal government), private sector and nonprofit groups -expand transitional kindergarten and increase current income eligibility -provide program/funding to support low-income children and English language learners.

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

    -provide special and specific programs/funding to support and improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities -seek support from elected officials; be a strong advocate for children with special needs or with disabilities.

  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 City of Milpitas shall fund a comprehensive program to be administered by the School District; this program shall address the "opportunity gap" : healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities Example: When I was a Mayor, the City of Milpitas funded the Raise a Reader program to help children who are not able to go to preschool get some preschool program or activity. -Achievement gap should continuously be reduced through a sustained government supported program and financial subsidy.