I am an advocate for considering the ‘whole child’ when prioritizing programs for our schools and communities. Children need to have many positive, supportive adults in their lives who encourage and value their social, emotional and academic wellbeing. I support initiatives that bring communities together to support our kids.
Taking into consideration the profound impact of COVID-19 and the expanded movement for racial justice and equity, what do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget 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?
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
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?