I advocate for our governments and schools to provide the appropriate social, educational and emotional support,so that all parents can become "The very best parents that they can be". There is no better teacher about life than an informed, supportive and loving parent.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
The three primary issues in human development according to Abraham Maslow are: • Physiological Needs (food, clothing, sleep & shelter), • Safety Needs (personal, social, financial security and health), • Social Belonging (friendships and family). I am a supporter of non-profit organizations, which in partnership with our City are key to meeting these Maslowian needs. Each family has there own specific needs. Therefore, I will form a volunteer Neighborhood Advocate Program (NAP) within the city organization. NAP will connect their neighborhoods with the available resources and provide regular input to City Council. I also support the appropriate growth of additional low-income housing.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
Direct feedback from Neighborhood Advocate Program (NAP) and the Morgan Hill non-profits will be the driving force in prioritizing available funds for the budgeting process.
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?
Morgan Hill currently has low cost / free after school care at the Boys and Girls Club and at the YMCA. The Neighborhood Advocate Program (NAP) will help us identify the participation effectiveness in these existing programs, identify gaps in support and provide recommendations for improvements to City Council.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
I am not aware of a comprehensive report on the needs of children with special needs or with disabilities for the City of Morgan Hill. Therefore, the first step will be to understand the number of impacted children and their specific needs. To understand these needs, I will advocate for a joint study between the City of Morgan Hill, NAP, and Morgan Hill Unified School District to be performed to gain a clear understand of the issues, and its magnitude, for these children. I commit to actively participate in a mitigation plan and proposed budget to address these issues.
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?
Having worked with children within large inner city environments, having NAP is the most critical first step. NAP will allow City Council to understand the REAL needs and opportunities - neighborhood by neighborhood. Based on a REAL understanding of Morgan Hill’s specific neighborhood’s REAL needs, these needs can be assessed within in the budget constraints of the city, the capabilities of our non-profit partners and other government resources to produce a REAL annual Opportunity Gap Plan. An opportunity gap plan that can generate REAL results for families’ REAL needs.