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Soda Tax in Multnomah County? Group working to get measure on 2018 ballot

PORTLAND, OR, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 – On Saturday, a group began collecting signatures to gain support for a soda tax in Multnomah County

The Coalition for Healthy Kids and Education needs to collect about 18,000 signatures to get the Multnomah County soda tax on the May 2018 ballot. The Coalition for Healthy Kids and Education is a group of doctors, parents, health experts and community leaders supporting kids in Multnomah County. Read more. 

Ballot Initiative Seeks Money for Early Childhood Care

TELLURIDE, CO, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 – The region’s shortage of child care options has been a hot topic this year.

Just 211 child care slots are available for 383 children in San Miguel County under the age of 5. Kathleen Merritt, executive director of Bright Futures — a Telluride-based nonprofit that focuses on early childhood education in the county — believes that a ballot initiative to raise funds for early childhood education should be part of the solution.

The San Miguel County Board of Commissioners approved the language for the Early Childhood Initiative, Ballot Issue 1A, at a Sept. 7 meeting. It is the county’s only item on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election. Read more. 

Pathways to High-Quality Child Care: The Workforce Investment Credit

August 2017 – An early childhood workforce investment tax credit helps provide an incentive for professional development, and rewards educational attainment with a refundable wage credit to increase pay. Read the Committee on Economic Development’s new brief and infographic about supporting and strengthening the early learning workforce.

A Solution to the Child Care Shortage?

A Solution to the Child Care Shortage?

TELLURIDE, CO, JULY 7, 2017 – In San Miguel County there are approximately 383 children under the age of 5.

With only 211 child care slots, and just 14 of those slots designated to infant care, the region is facing a dire shortage in the child care realm, a problem exacerbated by the lack of qualified care givers.

That’s why Kathleen Merritt, executive director of Bright Futures — a Telluride-based nonprofit that focuses on early childhood education in the county — asked San Miguel County Commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday to consider adding a ballot item to this fall’s election that would help fund child care initiatives.

The proposed measure would raise property taxes to finance early childhood teacher recruitment and retention, parent education programs and financial assistance for families that can’t afford the high costs often associated with child care. Read more.

How Private Funding Creates Disparities Among Detroit’s Pre-K Classrooms

How Private Funding Creates Disparities Among Detroit's Pre-K Classrooms

DETROIT, MI, JUNE 19, 2017 – LaWanda Marshall and Candace Graham both teach pre-kindergarten at the Carver STEM Academy on Detroit’s west side. Both have colorful, toy-filled classrooms, computers for students to use and assistant teachers to help guide their 4- and 5-year-olds as they learn and explore. But Marshall’s classroom has other things too—lots and lots of other things that regularly arrive like gifts from the pre-K gods. Read more.

Santa Fe Soda Tax Rejected After Record-High Turnout

SANTA FE, NM, MAY 2, 2017 – Santa Fe voters delivered a decisive rejection of a proposed 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages to support early childhood education Tuesday in a special election.

As of 10 pm Tuesday night with votes counted in all but one voting convenience center, the proposal was losing by a near-15 point margin.

The vote capped the end of an intense, expensive and heated debate that saw nearly $1.9 million in direct spending overall from political action committees on both sides as of May 1. More than $1.2 million of that money was spent on opposition to the tax proposal, while a PAC in support of the tax spent roughly $685,000 to convince city residents to vote yes on the measure. Read more.

The Pre-K Imperative

DURHAM, NC, APRIL 28, 2017 – The messages from the Early Education/Preschool Task Force draft report released this week are clear.

To perhaps oversimplify, they are these: High-quality, pre-kindergarten programs can increase success as children enter public schools, in their kindergarten year and beyond. Children in low-income households are most in need of this help, and right now, many of them are least likely to get it with our present capacity. This community has the wherewithal to provide pre-K programs for the most vulnerable and, eventually, to all 4-year-olds. But getting there will be a heavy lift. Read more.

Pre-K Task Force Recommends Preschool for All 4-year-olds in Durham

DURHAM, NC, APRIL 27, 2017 – With 38 percent of its children entering kindergarten without having achieved reading proficiency, a task force that has been working on a proposal to bring universal Pre-K to Durham said Thursday that the time has come to act on a plan to give more low-income children a better chance to succeed in school.

The plan, presented by Durham’s Community Early Education/Preschool Task Force during an afternoon session in the County Community chambers, calls for increasing and expanding quality for Pre-K to all low-income 4-year-olds in 2019. Read more. 

Santa Cruz County Votes to Establish ‘Thrive by Three Fund’

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA, JANUARY 26, 2017 –  At the urging of Supervisors Ryan Coonerty and Zach Friend, on January 24th, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to establish a “Thrive by Three Fund” to help fund effective programs serving very young children (prenatal through age three). The Board Directed CAO Susan Mauriello to dedicate $350,000 for the Thrive by Three Fund in next year’s budget.

A large group of children’s advocates including Mary Lou Goeke of United Way, Dr. Salem Magarian of Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, David Brody of First 5, and community activists Allison Guevara and Shebreh Kalantari spoke at the meeting, urging the Board to make this investment in proven programs that support babies, toddlers and families during this incredibly important time in a young child’s development. Read more.