No family should be priced out of healthy food, quality child care, and proper education. Our families deserve access medical and dental services, affordable housing, extended food and nutrition programs for after school and summers time, subsidized childcare, and supplemental educational opportunities.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
1) High cost of living 2) Health care (preventative care and wellness check-ups) 3) School readiness & being properly prepared to succeed through and beyond high school.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
1. Increasing affordable housing, provide incentives for subsidized housing, expand food and nutrition programs for after school, summer time in addition to lunch time. 2. Access and availability of medical and dental services for children and families, free monthly programs for routine check-up. 3. Secure funding for preschool and homework centers, and additional linguistic resources for children of immigrant families.
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?
No family should be priced out of daycare, preschool, child care that they need. Working families should be able to rely on after school programs, homework centers to supplement school learnings. Incentives should be provided for businesses to incorporate child care program on or off-site; current daycare centers can allot 10% of enrollment for low-income families on subsidized costs.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
All schools need to be equipped to assist children with special need and or disabilities so we can prepare them to their best ability to become self sustaining individuals.
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?
Enable low income families to have access to resources such as federal food programs, promote rich after school programs, and incorporate homework centers at community centers, libraries, schools. Implement additional resources to increase proficiency in English for children for immigrant families. Instituting kindergarten readiness assessment tests can help teaches and families work together to improve children's readiness for school.