Mercury News Letter: The return on investment in our children is enormous with Measure A

Pediatrician Dr. Pamela Simms-Mackey examines Jiovani Franklin, 9, during a follow up appointment at the Primary Care Clinic for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Pediatrician Dr. Pamela Simms-Mackey examines Jiovani Franklin, 9, during a follow up appointment at the Primary Care Clinic for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
PUBLISHED: May 25, 2018 at 7:36 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

Return on investment is
enormous with Measure A

Quality early education and child care are key to a child’s health, development and well-being, which is why I’m eager to see voters in Alameda County pass Measure A.

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The first five years of life is when nearly 90 percent of brain development occurs, and so during these years, it’s critical that all children have access to enriching educational programs. With passage of Measure A, medical professionals and early educators have the opportunity to improve health outcomes and boost children’s chances at success in K-12 and beyond. In addition to early education, Measure A will also expand early identification services for children and linkages to mental health consultation.

Measure A will have an enormous return on investment, save resources in the long run and improve the health and well-being of our whole community. Vote yes on Measure A on June 5th. It’s the right thing to do for all children in Alameda County.

Bertram Lubin
Associate Dean of Children’s Health
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
Oakland

Correction: A letter to the editor appearing online Friday incorrectly identified Fabian Nunez’s son as Devin Nunes’ son.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/25/letter-40/

Thousands of Alameda County children are on waiting lists for child care and early education programs.

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