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

City of Santa Clara, District 1

Harbir K. Bhatia

We need to provide them safe, nurturing, and engaging communities to grow and prosper in.

  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?

    1. ability to join school and access to the online classes- we need to provide them internet and computers
    2. nurturing and quality childcare to provide educational support so parents and mothers can work- county services can create pods and use public open spaces
    3. nutrition- many children rely on the meals provided by schools- Schools and city should continue to provide meals through drive through pick ups.

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

    We will need to allocate greater budget for emergency programs and partnership with corporations to ensure single mothers and children have resources

  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?

    Though schools are under school administration and not city council. City still needs to provide and support necessary services directly or partnering with private sector to create a innovative solutions through their and

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

    Programs like Magical bridge is a great park model. We need to similar programs. Councils and commissions should include experts in understanding assessing needs to design policy and programs.

  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?

    There needs to be a different attitude towards children's development and care. I would hope schools can take extra efforts through family services and resources foundations. From City Council and Planing perspective needs to ensure these are addressed in new developments and partnerships. In addition, we can leverage our parks and recreation spaces to provide creative uses of spaces for equitable services and resources, and more. Plus partner with local city colleges like Mission College and Convention Center to provide food and tutors and child care spaces.