- Los Angeles Unified School District
L.A. Unified Board of Education Unanimously Approves Resolution in Support of Increased State Funding for Early Childhood Education (4-23-19)
Contact: Ally Salvaria Communications Manager Ally.Salvaria@LAUSD.net
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L.A. Unified Board of Education Unanimously Approves Resolution in Support of Increased State Funding for Early Childhood Education
LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2019 – The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously today to approve Vice President Nick Melvoin’s resolution to support Los Angeles Unified’s earliest learners. This resolution supports three bills in the California legislature that would increase state funding and equity to expand access to early childhood education for many of Los Angeles’ youngest learners. It also urges the Governor to consider amending his proposed $750 million allocation for the expansion of full-day kindergarten so that districts who already provide full-day kindergarten, including Los Angeles Unified, can also benefit from this investment in early education.
Because so much of a child’s brain develops in the early years, access to high-quality early education closes opportunity gaps, increases student achievement and puts children on a lifelong path toward success. To that end, AB 123, introduced by Assm. McCarty, would expand preschool access for low-income families; SB 443, introduced by Sen. Rubio, would allow districts to receive funding for four-year-olds in Early Transitional Kindergarten programs and SB 174, introduced by Sen. Leyva, would establish a more efficient and fair state reimbursement program for districts and agencies providing early care and education services.
“Our children’s education begins when they start to learn and discover the world around them—long before they enroll in kindergarten,” said Melvoin, who has worked to increase early education seats for families in his district. “We are advocating for these bills and this funding so that we can offer more families the opportunity to help their young learners thrive.”
“I continue my strong support for efforts at the state level to expand access to and increase funding for early childhood education,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez, co-sponsor of the resolution. “Los Angeles Unified currently offers high-quality instruction to our youngest learners, and with additional funding we can expand access so more children can benefit. We urge the state to make continued progress towards universal pre-kindergarten through these and future efforts.”
“Since joining the Board, I’ve been a passionate supporter of our Early Childhood Education Division and the programs that are available for our youngest learners,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson, who also co-sponsored the resolution. “The creation of the ‘Birth to Eight Roadmap for Success in Los Angeles’ resolution provides a bold and creative path and foundation for the academic and social achievement that is critical for our children’s future. We must continue to work with our legislators and external partners to provide more programs and services to help prepare our preschool students for success.”
“We are seeing an opportunity gap even in kindergarten,” Board President Mónica García said. “That is why investing in early education is so important for Los Angeles Unified. I am so proud of what we have done so far in educating our youngest learners. With the continued advocacy of our community and support from the state and federal government, we can and will do more.”
“Our children’s journey to college and career begins in preschool,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “This resolution underscores the truth in that notion and everything we aim to do in Los Angeles Unified, and the urgency of the need for more resources from Sacramento to support our youngest students.”
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Nick Melvoin is proud to serve the dynamic communities of District 4 as the Vice President of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Nick’s election to the Board in May of 2017 follows a career fighting for our city’s schoolchildren. He believes that together, with the right leadership, we can ensure that every student in Los Angeles has the opportunity to succeed. Los Angeles Unified Board District 4 includes the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, East Hollywood, Encino, Hollywood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Topanga, Westchester, West Hollywood, Westwood, Woodland Hills, and Venice.
If you would like more information about this topic, please call Ally Salvaria at 213-241-6387, or email at Ally.Salvaria@LAUSD.net.