Efforts to improve the health and education of California’s children would get a giant funding boost under Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget, a prospect that’s generating a swell of excitement among child advocacy groups.
The governor’s first budget proposal, released Jan. 10, offers numerous supports aimed directly at bolstering childhood health, including $105 million to pay for developmental and mental health screenings for low-income children, almost $110 million to expand home visiting programs that support new moms and their babies, and $260 million to extend full Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented young people ages 19 through 25.
Early education also features prominently in Newsom’s proposal. The budget, if approved by the legislature, would funnel approximately millions of dollars toward learning and support services for young children, including adding 200,000 new state-subsidized preschool slots for low-income 4 year olds, increasing the availability of child care facilities, and training more childcare providers.
[For more on this story by Claudia Boyd-Barrett, go to http://www.calhealthreport.org...eing-newsoms-budget/]
For another story on a similar topic, see California Governor’s Opening Salvo: Scrapping Its Juvenile Justice System.