Assembly & Senate Release Proposed ECE Budgets

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5.27.2014 Last week California's Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees held hearings to discuss and vote on items in their proposed budgets for early childhood education (ECE). We applaud the Assembly for including a $10 million investment in nutrition in their proposed budget. While the Senate budget subcommittee also proposed notable ECE investments, their budget did not include any restorations to ECE nutrition. However, we know that the Senate is still considering and negotiating investments that would improve the quality of child care.

Now is the time to advocate for ECE Nutrition Investments. Before June 15 a legislative conference committee will meet to resolve any budget differences. Because there is not consensus among the Governor's , Senate's, and Assembly's proposed budgets, ECE Nutrition Investments will be taken up in the conference committee. Time is limited to educate your legislators and voice your opinions about this critical investment – take action today!

Call your local legislators. Take five minutes to call your local legislators today and share why a state investment in ECE nutrition is important to you.
It is advantageous if all state legislators know about this issue, but there are few legislators in key leadership positions that are on our high-priority contact list. In addition to your local representatives, we are asking that supporters contact: the Assembly Speaker-Elect, the Senate President Pro-Temp, the Assembly Budget Committee Chair, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chair, and the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees Health and Human Services and Education Chairs and members. Use the instructions and sample script below to call their offices today.

Find your local legislator. link
A list of high-priority legislators. PDF
ECE Nutrition Investments Sample Script. PDF

Learn more about ECE Nutrition Investments. link

With your support we can ensure that California's state budget prioritizes and supports nutrition for our youngest children.

Questions? Contact Elyse Homel Vitale at 510.433.1122 ext. 206