Governor Newsom has made early childhood development issues front page news.

In the days leading up to swearing-in and his first weeks in office, Governor Gavin Newsom has made good on his campaign commitments by boosting proposed funding for early childhood development and stocking his cabinet and inner circle of advisors with champions for children.

Newsom’s proposed budget includes the highest dollar amount committed to young children of any California governor in history. Elements of his budget include six months of shared paid leave for parents, full-day kindergarten, expanded home visiting and developmental screenings.

By focusing on kids, the governor has made the issues facing young children headline news; he’s elevated awareness to the general public and created the urgency needed to build on the work of the California State Legislature over the past two years.

And this focus on kids is not limited to California.

Several education-focused outlets compiled lists of governors across the nation who have made early childhood explicit parts of their platforms. Even in the very conservative state of Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey has been quoted as saying, “early childhood education is the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development.” And Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has committed to protect funding for early childhood education.

To help our readers track the recent coverage of state-level support for early childhood development, both in California and throughout the nation, we have curated a comprehensive list of news articles below. The pieces begin on Election Day and are grouped into articles detailing the nationwide phenomena of governors and early childhood; Newsom’s early childhood-focused actions since elected; and opinion pieces about Newsom’s early childhood commitments to date. We hope you find this repository helpful as we collectively live, in real-time, this exciting window of opportunity for kids.


First Five Years Fund: 2018 Governors-Elect Support Early Childhood Education

The following resource provides an overview of each governor-elect’s early education support. The profiles include relevant policy initiatives, campaign pledges, and public comments each official has made regarding critical early learning and care issues. (11/6/18)

Center for American Progress: Newly Elected Governors Support Expanding Early Childhood Programs

While many states are still finalizing the vote counts, it is clear that Americans elected 20 new governors and re-elected 16 incumbent governors last night. (11/7/18)

New America: Newly Elected Governors Make Early Education A Priority

While the big takeaway of the midterm election is that Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives and Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, the results of the 36 gubernatorial races will likely have a greater impact in the short-term on early care and education policy. (11/12/18)

The Hechinger Report: These governors favor a group that didn’t vote for them: small children

Around the country, voters used Election Day in 2018 to favor a number of governors who ran on platforms of expanding programs for child care and early education. (11/15/18)

Newsom’s Election, Appointments and Budget

CAL Matters: How Gov.-Elect Gavin Newsom could shape California’s future, issue by issue

Newsom has spoken adamantly about public investment in children younger than age 3 as an antidote to closing the chronic gap in achievement between disadvantaged and wealthier students. (11/7/18)

The 74: EDlection2018: Gavin Newsom Easily Wins Governor’s Race in California, Which He Vows to Make ‘a State of Results and of Refuge’

His main educational focus during his campaign was early education and child welfare. (11/7/18)

Sacramento Bee: Gavin Newsom turns to top Hillary Clinton adviser to launch administration

Ann O’Leary, a former top adviser to Hillary Clinton with an emphasis in children and family policy, will serve as chief of staff. (11/9/18)

VC Star: Newsom likely to focus on preschools

Looking for a big difference between incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom and current Gov. Jerry Brown, who will be termed out after 24 years in statewide office? Look no further than preschool. (11/27/18)

Capital Public Radio: Early Childhood Education In California Could See Big Changes Under Gavin Newsom

Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom is promising universal preschool for the next generation, and with Democrats winning a supermajority in the state Legislature, education in California is likely to see some big changes. (11/29/18)

Chronicle for Social Change: What Gavin Newsom Might Mean for California’s Child Welfare System

Many in the advocacy community are now waiting to see what his election will mean for children’s issues in the state, including the child welfare field. (11/7/18)

The Fresno Bee: More California kids would attend preschool under push in Legislature

Democrats return to the California Capitol on Monday with their strongest political advantage in decades poised to fulfill a huge item on their list of pent-up demands: Vastly expanded access to preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. (12/03/18)

The Los Angeles Times: Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will propose almost $2 billion for early childhood programs

Kim Belshé, executive director of the child-advocacy organization First 5 LA and a former state Health and Human Services secretary, said the Newsom budget proposal suggests the governor-elect will focus on a comprehensive approach to improving the outcomes for children from low-income families. (1/2/19)

ABC 7: Incoming Gov. Newsom looking to spend more on early education

“There has not been an investment proposed of this sort by a past governor in California ever,” said Kim Pattillo Brownson, vice president of Policy and Strategy for the child advocacy group First 5 LA. (1/2/19)

Education Week: Incoming California Governor to Seek Nearly $2 Billion in Early-Childhood Funding

Early-childhood programs will be at the top of the agenda for incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who takes office Jan. 7. (1/4/19)

KTLA 5: Newsom Unveils State Budget Promises on Paid Parental Leave, Education

California’s incoming governor, who must send his first state budget plan to the Legislature this week, has already signaled a significant new focus on programs to help families and children from infancy to college. (1/6/19)

CALmatters: Governor Dad: How Gavin Newsom’s kids are about to shape California

It’s been a while since Californians had a governor who is also a Dad. And as Newsom begins his governorship he’s made clear that his role leading the state will be informed by his role at home. (1/7/19)

EdSource: Gov. Newsom wants universal preschool for low-income children in California to be phased in over three year

According to the Newsom transition team document outlining the plan, the push for universal preschool would be part of “the largest, most comprehensive investment in early learning and child development in California history.” (1/7/19)

EdSource: Gov. Newsom proposing to expand services for babies and toddlers

In his first budget proposal, which is due to the Legislature by Thursday, Newsom plans to propose $100 million to expand a home-visiting program. (Stavely, 1/9/19)

The Mercury News: $14.8 billion! How will Gavin Newsom spend California’s massive surplus?

Longer parental leave and expanded Pre-K and health care expected to be detailed. (Murphy, 1/10/19)

KPCC Air Talk: Gov. Newsom is proposing nearly $2 billion for early childhood programs

Gov. Newsom plans to introduce a roughly $2 billion investment in child care and early learning programs in his budget on Thursday. (Mantle, 1/10/19)

Capital Public Radio: Newsom Proposes $144 Billion California Budget With Focus On Education, Building Reserves

The spending plan also includes $500 million in one-time money for “building child care infrastructure, including investing in the education of the child care workforce,” according to a news release from the governor’s office. (Caiola, 1/10/19)

Capital Public Radio: How Governor Gavin Newsom’s Plan To Identify Early Childhood Trauma In Kids Might Make Healthier, Smarter Students

First 5 programs, which use state and county funds to support low-income families with young children, already screen for this type of trauma during home visits. But Erin Gabel, a deputy director of First 5 California, said the governor’s proposal could go a long way toward making this more widespread. (Caiola, 1/14/19)

California Health Report: Supporters Cheer Focus on Child Health and Wellbeing in Newsom’s Budget

Efforts to improve the health and education of California’s children would get a giant funding boost under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget, a prospect that’s generating a swell of excitement among child advocacy groups. (Boyd-Barrett, 1/15/19)

Gov. Gavin Newsom: Governor Newsom Announces Two National Experts in Child Development will be Key Leaders in Administration’s Efforts to Help the Youngest Californians

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris will be California’s first-ever Surgeon General. Kris Perry will be Deputy Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency for Early Childhood Development and Senior Advisor to the Governor on Implementation of Early Childhood Development Initiatives. (1/21/19)

Opinion Pieces/Radio Talk Shows

EdSource: Newsom’s cradle-to-career plan for education is ambitious — and expensive

To improve educational outcomes, the former San Francisco mayor argues that the state needs to begin offering services in early childhood with interventions continuing throughout school and college. (11/7/18)

The Mercury News: Opinion: Data will define ‘cradle to career’ educational success

“Cradle to Career” was a frequent refrain of Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom along the campaign trail and for the right reasons. (12/21/18)

Daily Democrat: Can state afford Newsom’s vision for education?

Early childhood education. A top-tier national ranking for K-12 per-pupil spending. A data system that would track kids from nursery school through state universities. (1/1/19)

The Los Angeles Times: Why Newsom’s $2-billion pledge to early childhood education will be money well spent

“I encourage California’s Legislature to support this element of the state budget proposal. Every child in California deserves the best chance for a bright future.” — Mark K. Shriver, Bethesda, Md. (1/6/19)

The Fresno Bee: Fresno is ‘ready’ for universal preschool. But is Newsom’s plan the best way to fund it?

The money would be used to subsidize child care facilities and expand full-day kindergarten, as well as fund in-home postnatal visits for low-income mothers, a program commonly found in European countries. (1/8/19)

KPCC, Air Talk: New CA governor expected to propose six months of paid family leave in first budget plan

On Monday, Gavin Newsom was sworn in as the 40th governor of California, which also means he’ll need to submit his first budget plan to the State Legislature this week. (Mantle, 1/8/19)

San Francisco Chronicle Gov. Newsom’s budget skimps on all-important prekindergarten

Preschool for all, which used to be a rallying cry for the champions of California’s children, gets little airtime these days. Children’s advocates are cheering Gavin Newsom’s just-released budget proposal — but the new governor’s plan skimps on prekindergarten. (Kirp, 1/17/19)

Los Angeles Daily News: With Newsom’s call for universal pre-K, consider preschool’s dubious record

If Newsom’s grand scheme is realized, higher taxes are in store for our state, already accurately dubbed Taxifornia. (Sand, 1/19/19)