Sacramento Bee Op-ed: California makes progress on child care, but more to do

June 26, 2015

Over the past two years, the women’s caucus has helped restore more than $500 million into these programs, reinstating child care and preschool for more than 45,000 children.

Even as we are making progress, it is remarkable how far we still have to go. When policymakers mention states doing groundbreaking early childhood education work, Oklahoma and Georgia are often lauded. California may be the world’s seventh-largest economy, but we are serving less than a quarter of all eligible children through state-supported child care.

We may be known as the home of technological innovation, but we fail to meet the needs of all our youngest learners. We are a state of great wealth, and yet we have the highest child poverty rate in the country. The women’s caucus, legislators and advocates wage a yearly battle just to recoup funding lost during the downturn.