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Equal Start: Advocacy

Beth Am is heavily involved in supporting legislative initiatives, both in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and at our State Capitol in Sacramento. We provide this support by arranging community educational programs, making direct contact with our legislators and government representatives, and by utilizing state-of-the-art tools that enable our members’ voices to be heard accurately, effectively, easily and quickly.

Legislative Advocacy

All of the bills in the chart below are currently active in the California Legislature, and you can send your support by using the Click-My-Cause app on your smartphone. For more information, please contact EqualStart_Leg_adv@betham.org.

Note: Click on any bill to get real-time legislative copy. Chart last updated September 2019

Bill Key value proposition(s)
AB 39 Muratsuchi Increases the base grants to amounts equal to the national average per-pupil funding level to make more equitable access to California’s family leave programs
AB 123 McCarty

Declares the intent of the legislature to provide universal, high quality preschool for all four-year olds and for all three-year-olds living in poverty

AB 125 McCarty and SB 174 Leyva

Builds on AB 123 to create regionalized rate structure for state-subsidized ECE
AB 452 Mullin Creates a grant program that will enable districts to build and outfit new ECE facilities
AB776 Kalra States intent that the longitudinal education data system support a system of learning from birth to higher education through career

AB 1001 Ting

Strengthens the local planning councils (LPCs) in each county so increases in funding in ECE can be routed to areas of greatest local need

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Education Programs

For more information, please contact EqualStart_Comm_Ed@betham.org.

Chart last updated September 2019

ISSUE ACTIONS CURRENT STATUS
Arranging new community education program on early learning challenges to be presented at Beth Am

Overall project leader(s) and volunteers being recruited

Sponsoring a Yom Kippur Learning Session on October 9, 2019 in which Beth Am congregants who are lawyers and who recently traveled to El Paso, Texas will describe efforts to provide legal assistance to those seeking asylum in the United States
Supporting the needs of young children within the immigrant community Beth Am will once again hold a Pre-Schoolers’ book drive at Yom Kippur. Please bring new or gently used books for pre-schoolers that will be distributed to needy children in our area and, as possible, to immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S. Preparations for the book drive are now underway.

 

 

 

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