East Bay Times: Letter: More Alameda County children will get solid start in education with Measure A
As a teacher working with 4- and 5-year-olds in Oakland for over nine years, the greatest inequality I see is the incredible education gap that starts early in children’s lives and is evident when they set foot in a classroom.
For more than 18 years, I’ve served families as an educator in the Bay Area, focusing on children ages 0-3 years old for the last 14 years as a family child care provider out of my West Oakland home.
I’m a third-generation West Oakland resident and relish sharing my neighborhood’s endless educational resources with children in my care—from visits to the local public library to Oakland parks and arranging visits with our fire department.
It is these early education opportunities that are helping children in my care develop, thrive and be ready for kindergarten and beyond. As a former kindergarten to 3rd grade teacher in Oakland schools and a mother of three, I know the difference quality early education makes in a child’s life.
We also know our Black and Brown children are bearing the brunt of the crisis with too many of them at a disadvantage before they even start their K-12 educational path.
On this edition of Your Call, we discuss childcare deserts. Working parents in the US often have a hard time finding childcare. What does that mean for careers and children's development?
According to the Center for American Progress, parents of infants and toddlers pay an average of $18,000 a year for childcare. The cost alone can be daunting, but what if you can’t find a provider at all? In some ZIP codes, children younger than five outnumber daycare spots three to one. How pervasive are childcare deserts and what are policy solutions?
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:00 am
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"We recommend a Yes vote on Measure A."
If voters approve Measure A on the June ballot, Alameda County would become the first to tackle this hidden crisis, which is having a "cataclysmic impact on families' lives," said Clarissa Doutherd, Alameda County director of the community organization Parent Voices.
Measure A would increase the county sales tax by half a percent to fund child care for more families, especially homeless families, and to increase the training and income of caregivers, who often work at poverty wages. The measure would generate about $140 million annually.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to advance a ballot measure that would provide childcare to more families in the county, and increase wages for providers.
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County Board of Supervisors approves early education and child care tax ordinance introduced by Nancy Skinner
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve the child care and early education tax ordinance, taking it one step closer to being placed on the June 2018 ballot.
The new ordinance aims to make quality child care and education affordable for young, low-income students in Alameda County. The measure would be funded by a half-cent sales tax increase for the next 30 years, annually raising $140 million, according to a press release from State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.
Only the first draft of the ordinance has been approved by the board of supervisors, and according to Berkeley School Board Vice President Judy Appel, it will require a second reading and approval before it can be placed on the ballot.