Children and families are in the center of my heart. At every level of our society, having happy, engaging, and active children and families is key to having a vibrant community. The major areas that I promise Cupertino residents will encompass services for children and families - City budget for children and family services, housing options for working families, and partnership with school districts to provide needed services for families.
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?
Serving children and families is in the center of my heart. As a City Council member, I will advocate and move forward policies that enhance the quality of life for children and families, especially those most vulnerable families with children such as single moms, foster children, and socially disadvantaged families.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
Top three issues affecting our children and families during and beyond COVID-19 - 1) Working families who have lost their jobs during COVID0-19 and are in danger of losing housing to become homeless: I will support local non-profits with County and City resources to help with rent payment and job training; 2) Children and women under threat of domestic violence during and beyond COVID: I will work with County social service agencies and YWCA to provide counseling services and shelters if needed; 3) Working families that need child care services in order to continue to be employed: I will seek partnership with local YMCA and non-profits to support childcare services and reduced fees in order.
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?
The high cost and lack of available quality childcare and preschool programs in our community has been detrimental to children from low-income families. The need for English as a Second Language learning for new immigrants is also rising. I will build partnership with local public school districts and non-profit such as the YMCA to provide reduced childcare service as well as English learning environment for low income and English learner families.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
The City can be a leader in advocating and advancing services for children with special needs/disabilities in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary/Lions Clubs, non-profits such as West Valley Community Services/YMCA, and local religious groups to provide needed service to families with children w/special needs and disabilities. The City can also dedicate resources to support activities hosed by its library and senior center to host events that benefit children w/special needs/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?
It takes a City to provide equitable education to all families. Leadership and resource allocation from a City can have rippling effects in enhancing services to bridge the opportunity gap. Programs such as the Y's Summer Learning Loss Program and the Library's Summer Reading Program can be expended to everyday after school program in partnership with local public school districts and non-profit. The City can provide human resources as well as financial support to "lead the way" and build public and private partnerships to support programs that bridge the opportunity gap.