Even though they do not vote, the nearly 438,000 children living in Santa Clara County deserve elected officials who understand how funding and policy decisions impact their lives. Too often, children are lost in a long list of priorities. However, decisions made today about investing in children’s safety, health, education and economic security have long-term effects on our community’s future. Our community’s and our nation’s current and future prosperity will be decided by our elected officials. This is why we, the voters, have an obligation to speak for children at the ballot box and why the Santa Clara County Local Early Education Planning Council, Strong Start of Santa Clara County and Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, came together to create this Voter’s Guide on Children’s Issues.
This Voter’s Guide is informational only and no endorsement of any candidate is intended.
For this guide we asked each candidate running for selected local, state or federal offices in Santa Clara County to answer five questions about their priorities for children. Candidates were given several weeks to respond to the survey. The responses are in their words and are unedited.
A note about participation in this Voter’s Guide:
We did our best to contact every candidate and ask them to participate in this Voter’s Guide. In many cases, candidates had an email address or phone number listed with the Registrar of Voters. In cases where this was not available, we searched for a website or other manner of contacting them. Even with our best efforts, we were unable to reach more than 35 of the candidates for the selected offices.
The Local Early Education Planning Council (LPC) is a collaborative association of representatives from the early care and education field, including parents, child care providers, businesses, and government. The Council brings together parents, community members, government representatives, and child care providers to assess local child care needs, set local priorities for use of state and federal funds, and affect public policy decisions regarding early education and before and after school programs.
Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, advocates for policies partnerships and investments that improve children’s lives in Santa Clara County. Children need a strong public voice that promotes and protects their best interests. Kids in Common is that voice and challenges leaders in our community to act on behalf of children. Our vision: Every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, successful in life.
Strong Start of Santa Clara County is a coalition of community leaders, early education providers, nonprofit organizations, elected officials, members of the business community and other key stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high quality early learning opportunities for all children ages 0 to 8 in Santa Clara County.