WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH FINANCIALLY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CAN BE AT RISK OF BEING TAKEN OUT OF THE EDUCATION SECTOR AND PROGRAMMES CAN BE SLASHED AS THIS STORY SHOWS
California, April 2012 - Merced County Board of Education members have passed a resolution opposing Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget reductions for early care and child development programmes.
The board voted unanimously to protest Brown administration plans to cut $US517 million from early care and education, eliminating at least 62,000 California children from participating in child development programmes.
In Merced County, the proposed cuts could result in the loss of 1,136 early care and education spaces in the 2012-13 school year and an additional 315 slots in 2013-14, as well as the closure of 25 non-profit and school district centres in low-income neighbourhoods.
Trustee Evelyn Eagleton said early childhood education is very important and the proposal to move those programmes to the state Department of Social Services is not wise.
"It's not their area of expertise," Eagleton said. "We should stay with education. Huge cuts just ruin early childhood education programmes that we have worked hard to build in Merced County."
The board's resolution said more than 100,000 childcare workers jobs are at risk in California, including more than 100 in the county.
Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/04/28/2325822/school-board-votes-to-protest.html