Welcome to Parent Voices
Parent Voices is a parent-led grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care affordable and accessible to all families. We are a rapidly growing chapter organization of parents in California.
Budget Update June 27, 2013
The Governor signed the 2013-14 State Budget which included:
- $40 million to fully fund Stage 3 Child Care (plus the option to make mid-year adjustments should funding run out!)
- $25 million for new State preschool slots
- $10 million for new slots for families on the waiting list
- $15.8 million to prevent cuts due to federal sequestration
When the Governor released his budget in January, there was no new funding for child care....but thanks to Parent Advocacy....we secured full funding for Stage 3 and additional slots for families on the waiting list. CONGRATS!
The Budget also includes a 5% increase to CalWORKs cash grants and restored adult dental benefits under the Medi-Cal program!
We were disappointed to see the Governor veto $5million to the State preschool program. Although he has moved a progressive school funding formula forward that targets school districts with high concentrations of low-income students and english language learners, he has not made the connection to the importance of early learning opportunities for these kids before they enter school! For a link to the final budget summary, click here