February 2019 Events & Updates, No. 2
While more funds were secured for early care and education (ECE) the amount originally reported in our newsletter was incorrect. The amount secured for ECE is $30 Million, $10 Million over the next 3 years. This has been corrected in the newsletter below.

Last week the Budget and Finance Committee passed a proposal to set aside $52M for education, $10M of this to early care & education. Combined with additional funds coming through the ERAF windfall allocated to PEEF and Children’s Fund, this will mean an additional $10M a year for the next three years dedicated to early care educator compensation. Although short of what we need for the SF ECE citywide plan goals of parity with TK3 compensation and expansion of services -- this is a big leap forward. See more details in update and SF Chronicle article linked below. 

Thanks to all who came to speak at the Budget and Finance Committee, and all who worked on last June’s Proposition C. Your active support for ECE matters. At the ECESF Issues Luncheon  Supervisor Shamann Walton commented on the three passed initiatives including ECE’s Prop C, now facing lawsuits, “I see all of these initiatives as the will of the voters. I feel those resources should go towards the things we already fought for.”

We have the board of supervisors attention — ready to support voter approved initiatives — we need to continue to advocate as a community, and build a vision of what we want. Join us at our next ECESF Community meeting, February 25 to review the citywide ECE plan and plan next steps.

Thanks for working with us to build a strong ECE community advocating for the needs of children, families, and community support for the important role of caring for and educating children.

Sara Hicks-Kilday, Director
Early Care Educators of San Francisco
ECESF Community Meeting, February 25
What's working & what's next: Building the SF citywide ECE plan.

OECE is working with Applied Survey Research (ASR) to support the development of a citywide evaluation plan for early care and education. They would like community input on current program and future possibilities. Come give your input. 

 We will also discuss updates on two AdHoc Committees planning use of Prop C funds, next steps in windfall funds, our role in speaking out, the upcoming conference, and other events.

ECESF Community Meeting
Children's Council, Room 120
445 Church St.  
Monday, February 25 
6:15 pm - welcome
6:30 - 8:30 pm meeting

Update on Increased Funding to ECE
ECESF and CPAC collaborated to bring out twenty community members to speak before the Budget and Finance Committee on behalf of ECE. Big thanks to all who spoke! Here’s an update on the committee meeting.

"On Wednesday, Feb. 6th, the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee grew the pot by plucking $52 million from the city’s rainy-day reserves, which are usually saved for a recession. If approved, the $52 million will create the Teacher and Early Care Educator Unappropriated Emergency Reserve Fund for teacher and early child care worker salaries through 2021."- Trisha Thadani (SF CHRONICLE) 

The approval will be before the full board meeting today, Tuesday, February 12, then on for signature by the mayor. Please continue to reach out to your district supervisors and Mayor London Breed to share your stories of ECE and how important additional funding is to ensuring the children and families in SF can keep their valued educators in the classrooms. 

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Mayor London Breed Email:
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Personal stories from educators, parents, program administrators that highlight the importance of ECE and need for higher wages.

Deborah Petersen
Editor-in-Chief, San Francisco Examiner

Conference Registration is now open!

March 2 Leadership & Equity Summit

March 2, 2019
9 AM – 4 PM
Knuth Hall
Creative Arts Building
$10 admission
Breakfast & lunch included
Details on workshops and registration here!

SFCCPA is collaborating with EDvance & ECE community partners to bring you the  Leadership & Equity Summit – for early childhood education students, practitioners, & community members.