First 5 California Statement on Governor Brown’s Proposed 2017–18 California State Budget

Budget must prioritize children and families affected by latest

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–“After years of economic growth and recovery, California has not
invested enough in our youngest children and their child care to recover
from the latest recession’s deep cuts. We urge the Administration and
Legislature to make good on last year’s budget promise to our child care
system. If this budget year has the potential to be our last year of
economic growth, it is imperative that, at a minimum, our state
leadership works to ensure families in subsidized child care are able to
recover from the last recession before the next begins. We must
right-size child care support eligibility to the modern State Median
Income level and keep up with the actual cost of care,” said First 5
Executive Director Camille Maben.

Ms. Maben adds, “First 5 California is interested in the
Administration’s continued push to create a more streamlined and
articulated early learning system, including our Transitional
Kindergarten classrooms, but will review each of the Budget’s policy
proposals to ensure California’s current program quality standards are
not jeopardized.”

About First 5 California

First 5 California, also known as the California Children and
Families Commission, was established after voters passed Proposition 10
in November 1998, which added a tax on tobacco products to fund
education, health, childcare, and other services for children ages 0 to
5 and their families. Its programs and resources are designed to educate
teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the critical role
they play during a child’s first five years – with the overarching goal
of helping more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in
school and in life. For more information, please visit


First 5 California
Erin Gabel, 916-708-8895