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Governor Releases Master Plan for Early Learning and Care

December 3, 2020

This week, Governor Newsom released the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care. The Master Plan is the result of more than a year of collaboration between the California Health and Human Services Agency, researchers, and other stakeholders. This framework outlines a vision for California to achieve a comprehensive and equitable early learning and care system by 2030.

The Master Plan outlines this vision through four overarching goals:

  1. Unify and Strengthen Programs and Services to Support Children’s Learning and Development
  2. Support Children’s Learning and Development by Enhancing Educator Competencies, Incentivizing and Funding Career Pathways, and Implementing Supportive Program Standards
  3. Unify Funding to Advance Equity and Opportunity
  4. Streamline Early Childhood Governance and Administration to Improve Equity

While the Master Plan covers the full spectrum of early learning and care, it does contain some specific references to First 5 California and local First 5 organizations, primarily within the action plans for achieving the overarching goals.

At the CSAC Health and Human Services Policy Committee meeting in November, the Committee approved updates to CSAC’s policy platform to strengthen language for engaging on policies related to early care, comprehensive health and development, and learning programs and systems that counties administer, facilitate participation in, or that enhance the ability of First 5 commissions to serve communities and families. As implementation of this Master Plan moves forward, CSAC will look to partner with the First 5 Association of California related to opportunities that fit within these policy aims.

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