Erin Gabel is the Deputy Director of External and Governmental affairs for First 5 California. In her role she recommends, develops, helps implement, and promote public policy related to early childhood education, and the other strategic goals of First 5 California. First 5 California advocates for the strong start all children deserve (with an emphasis on pre-natal to age 5).
Leadership in all three branches of government are rallying around the importance of early childhood -and how they need both strong families, and strong bootstraps to pull themselves up in life, and prevent the achievement gap we see in our K12 schools. Governor Newsom is matching the commitment we’ve already seen from the Speaker of the Assembly, and leaders in the Senate, around the importance of early childhood – ranging from prenatal care for all mothers, to early childhood education, and child health support.
Governor Newsom has committed 2 billion dollars to early childhood development. He has made it clear that Talk. Read. Sing. is his agenda, and that he believes every child deserves to have the opportunities that they need in the first 5 years of life to succeed. He is looking at new programs, as well as broadening existing initiatives. Listen in to the podcast to learn about these, including:
– Home visiting (parent coaching immediately following birth)
– Improvements to the medical care system (and how we’re taking care of mothers, families, and children in the post partum period)
– Early detection of developmental delays (70% of which aren’t discovered until kindergarten)
– Basic affordability of children, and the broadening of tax breaks