Los Angeles – Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed California's new budget into law, enacting a $156.3-billion spending plan which includes historic funding - $264 million - for early childhood education and child development. This resulted from initial legislation by Senate President pro Tem, Darrell Steinberg (SB 837) and Senator Carol Liu (SB 1123); both bills sought to invest in quality early learning from 0-5 and were co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. Fair Start willoffer 234,000 low-income 4-year-olds access to high quality pre-kindergarten, representing nearly half of all 4-year-olds in California.
“The L.A. Area Chamber has been a long proponent of a cradle-to-career approach to workforce development and economic prosperity – we applaud Gov. Brown’s wise investment into the future of this state,” said David Rattray, SVP of education and workforce development for the L.A. Area Chamber. “Post recession, our economy is recovering and we can now reprioritize early education after a decade of cuts and help align early learning to K-12 education which will maximize student success and ensure a vibrant economy.”
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.