Send message to your supervisor today to help secure funds for ECE in SF!
Greetings!

Last June San Francisco voters passed an initiative that could provide an estimated $120M additional funds for Early Care & Education. As the Office of Early Care and Education works to develop a spending plan for these resources, they want to hear from you! Please circulate this information to your community, and participate in the Saturday, December 8 Town Hall and online survey. Registration, details, and links below. 

Did you catch Friday's news on San Francisco's windfall ? San Francisco had over $415M of Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund returned, $181M of which will go to General Funds — with little restriction on how it's spent. While June's Prop C for Early Care & Education funds are held up in a lawsuit, this funding could be used to start promised program implementation — make sure funding starts flowing to ECE now. Decisions for the use of windfall funds are underway. Send messages (email and letter!) to your San Francisco supervisor  today & Tuesday, December 3 & 4 . ECE can't wait. See sample messages below.

Thanks for taking action to support ECE!

Best wishes,
Sara Hicks-Kilday, Director
San Francisco Child Care Providers' Association
Urgent: Prioritize ECE in SF windfall, send message to your supervisor today

Please circulate in your community & send as many messages as you can to supervisors by Tuesday, December 4!

Who’s your supervisor?
  1. Find your Supervisorial District
  2. Find your Supervisor's name & contact info

Write your own message or use samples below.

Key points:
  • Prioritize Child Care & Education in SF windfall spending. No less than $30M to bridge our wait for June’s Prop C child care & education funding.
  • San Francisco’s ECE providers have identified educator compensation as their top barrier to increasing services.

Email/letter sample:

Download the Word Docs linked below for ready to print letters or cut & paste email messages here.

Dear Supervisor [your supervisor's name],

There are not enough early childhood educations programs in San Francisco. Too many parents must choose between leaving the workforce because of early education costs or leaving San Francisco. Expanding child care services must be a priority for the San Francisco windfall funds, and educator compensation has been identified by child care service providers as their top barrier to increasing services.

San Francisco voters passed the June ballot measure to increase child care services — don’t keep us waiting. Support a bridge fund for child care services now.

It’s great to hear about San Francisco’s windfall because Early Care & Education can’t wait! We have a waiting list of families wanting our services, but can’t expand because we can’t find enough educators. I urge you to help us attract and keep teachers now by securing no less than $30M of windfall funds to increase teacher compensation. Bridge the gap while we wait for Prop C ECE funds.

I am a child care educator in San Francisco, and provide services to [ ] children and [ ] families.

Thanks for recognizing early care & education as a priority!

Sincerely,
[Your name]
[Your address]
SF getting a $415M windfall; $181M to General Fund
SF Chronicle, Nov. 29, 2018

"San Francisco is getting an unexpected $415 million windfall, and the mayor and supervisors already have plenty of ideas on how they might use it.

More than half the money, which is coming from excess revenue in a county education fund, must go to budget reserves, the Municipal Transportation Agency, public libraries, tree maintenance, public schools and child care and youth services under rules set by the City Charter. Left over will be $181 million that Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors may spend.

“This is an extraordinary event,” said city Controller Ben Rosenfield. “I’ve worked on 20 budgets here ... and this is the most significant windfall I’ve seen.""
Dec 8 Prop C/ECE4All Implementation Planning Town Hall:
Share Your Experiences and Priorities for Early Care and Education in San Francisco

The Office of Early Care & Education will be holding Town Halls to engage in June’s Prop C/ECE4All implementation planning.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

San Francisco Public Library
Latino/Hispanic Rooms A & B
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco

A light breakfast will be served.

Online Survey: Share Your Priorities for Early Care and Education Funding!

The  San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education  (OECE) wants to hear from families, parents, caregivers and early care and education (ECE) professionals! The City is aware of many unmet needs for child care and preschool services, and wants to do more to support young children and their families.

As the City plans to invest more resources,  we want your help to shape the spending priorities for early care and education in San Francisco. Please take this brief survey to share your thoughts and ideas with us.
 

Si desea realizar esta encuesta en español, haga clic  aquí .
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