LOS ANGELES – First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshé today made the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget for FY 2019-20 that prioritizes children in their earliest years:

“As the Governor said in his inaugural address, children matter greatly to our overall success as a state. The Governor’s proposed budget demonstrates his understanding of what kids need to succeed in school and life. Through proposals on family strengthening through home visiting programs to early care and education, childhood screenings and policy changes on paid family leave, the Governor is recognizing the health and educational needs of children. He is smartly building upon the past work of the State Legislature by advancing a comprehensive approach to early childhood development.”

“Governor Newsom is making his priorities clear. That’s good news for parents with young children, and good for us all because of the future benefits it will bring.”

“For L.A. County, this budget proposal will help drive our progress forward to achieve long-lasting results for children and families. We look forward to working with Governor Newsom and the Administration to continue to prioritize California’s young children and families in policy and budget decisions.”