2022 Annual Conference Recap
We definitely colored outside the lines!
Head Start California would like to applaud the 2022 Annual Conference planning committee members for their diligent work in selecting the content for the more than 45 sessions for the 2022 Virtual Annual Conference!
This year’s planning committee included:
Billiejo LaBriola, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon, Elizabeth Holloway, Christine Feenstra and Threasa Hernandez. The conference committee provides program perspective on training needs, participates in the selection process of workshops, and identifies speakers.
Governor’s Budget Falls Short of Dedicated Head Start Funding, Despite a Budget Surplus
Sacramento, Calif. (January 10, 2022) – On January 10, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed 2022-23 budget. Head Start California was disappointed that despite another enormous surplus — $20.6 billion in discretionary spending — Head Start programs again did not receive dedicated funding in the state budget.
“Head Start programs are life-changing,” said Christopher Maricle, Executive Director of Head Start California. “A state investment in Head Start would help tens of thousands of families who would benefit from Head Start’s comprehensive,
Press Release: Child Advocacy Group Thanks Legislative Champion
Assembly Majority Leader Reyes Champions Budget Request
on Behalf of California Families
(Sacramento, CA) – In a briefing on Head Start programs for the capitol community today, California State Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (AD 47) announced she will champion a $50 million budget request for Head Start agencies in California. Head Start California, the membership association representing local Head Start programs, deeply appreciates the continued support from the majority leader.
As the majority leader noted,
Press Release: Head Start California Urges Legislature and Governor to Agree on Budget that Supports Head Start Programs
Current proposal could leave out 60% of Head Start programs, which serve over 70% of Head Start children and families
Sacramento, Calif. (June 23, 2021) – As the legislature and the Governor continue to negotiate the 2021- 2022 budget, Head Start California continues to advocate for funding so that its programs can remain viable and stable.
In his May Revision budget, Governor Newsom included a proposal to expand Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to all four-year-olds.
Press Release: California Lawmakers Urge Funding for Head Start, Serving Most Vulnerable Children
Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus joins Assembly Majority Leader in urging lawmakers to support Head Start’s budget request
Sacramento, Calif. (June 9, 2021) – Today, a bipartisan, bicameral group of California lawmakers urged Governor Newsom, legislative leaders, and their colleagues to support state funding for Head Start programs.
In a letter led by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes, 16 legislators urged Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon,
Press Release: Over 50 California Organizations Call for State Funding for Head Start
Assembly Majority Leader issues letter of support
Sacramento, Calif. (June 2, 2021) – Over 50 California organizations showed their strong support for state funding for Head Start programs.In a letter to legislative leaders led by Head Start California, they urged the lawmakers to allocate $50 million for Head Start programs in the 2021-22 budget.
This follows Governor Newsom’s announcement of the state’s $75 billion budget surplus and a proposal to expand Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to all four-year-olds.
Press Release: Head Start California’s Statement on the May Revise
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2021
Contact: Jamie Mauhay
Head Start California’s Statement on the May Revise
SACRAMENTO, Calif., (May 14, 2021) – Christopher Maricle, Executive Director, Head Start California, issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s May Revision:
“We applaud Governor Newsom’s commitment to increasing access to early childhood learning and care for California’s families, and we agree that a deep and permanent investment is long overdue.
Every Shot Counts
As vaccinations become more available, and as the guidelines for access include more of us, we are each faced with the question of whether or not to receive the vaccination shot. We all make decisions like this based on a variety of factors including our individual health, personal faith or beliefs, environmental factors, and access to name just a few. Sometimes it’s not easy, and it helps if we can evaluate our options based on trusted information.
HSC 2021 Virtual Annual Conference Recap
Head Start California would like to thank the 2021 Annual Conference planning committee members for their excellent work in selecting the content for the more than 60 sessions in six main content areas for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference! The planning committee is made up of Head Start California members from across the state.
This year’s planning committee included:
Billiejo LaBriola, Jackie Escobar, Caroline Meraz, Dr. Deidre Jones, Birdie Winrow, Gabriela Rivera, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon,
“You are in the most noble profession of all … the care of young children, ” Dr. Peter Szilagyi assured over 400 attendees at the opening of the February 24 Vaccine Education Webinar, a joint collaboration between the Region 9 Head Start Association (R9HSA) and Head Start California (HSC). Dr. Szilagyi is one of four UCLA medical experts who joined the presentation through the efforts of HSC’s Workforce Development Committee. The goal of this initiative is to provide consistent information about coronavirus vaccinations to the Head Start community.