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Coming Soon: A Master Plan For California Child Care And Early Learning 

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A home day care in South Los Angleles. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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Next month, California officials will unveil a master plan to reshape early childhood programs in the state.

It’s the latest in a decades-long effort to improve child care and development programs for California’s kids. It has been touted as the next step toward universal preschool in the state -- but that was before the coronavirus pandemic took a big bite out of California’s budget reserves.

You can get a sneak preview of the plan and share your ideas, concerns and questions at a special meeting of the Early Childhood Policy Council Friday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. Register to attend via Zoom here. If you can’t make it, share your thoughts here or email MPELC@chhs.ca.gov.

“Parents should need to know that they have a voice,” said L.A. mom Yenni Rivera. “Reach out. I would say, track down the council. You can even attend meetings. It is open to the public.”

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Rivera serves on the parent advisory committee and has attended meetings throughout the year for council discussions on the low pay for the women of color who make up the majority of the child care workforce, barriers to families accessing child care and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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