Santa Clara County Voter's Guide On Children's Issues

City of Los Altos

Terri Couture

https://terri4losaltos.com

Children are the future of our Country and deserve proper nutrition, education and housing.

  1. 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?

    Many parents struggle to keep employment, feed and house their families, and educate their children. During Covid-19 the federal and state government has been providing some funds to support these families. Local leaders should continue to push for additional support, especially because of the pandemic. Additionally, public health officers must push for support for mental health initiatives to combat negative effects of the isolation caused by the shut down.

  2. How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?

    Much of the budget for the feeding and educating is provided by Santa Clara county school districts. Council should continue to support and augment if necessary.

  3. 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?

    Many parents struggle to keep employment, feed and house their families, and educate their children. During Covid-19 the federal and state government has been providing some funds to support these families. Local leaders should continue to push for additional support, especially because of the pandemic. Additionally, public health officers must push for support for mental health initiatives to combat negative effects of the isolation caused by the shut down.

  4. What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?

    Our community has already opened schools for the children with special needs and disabilities. The disadvantaged and ESL children should be added to this group of children allowed back in schools with all the special precautions in place for teachers and children. Greater outreach to those families needs to be undertaken by City staff as directed by City council.

  5. 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?

    The young adults in our town could create a tutoring program to give back to the community, by educating the ESL children, as a pilot program, modeled after the Palo Alto program. Our schools provide meals for children with lack of access to food stability and we should push for this program to continue