The City of Long Beach and the Mayor’s Fund for Education unveiled an Early Childhood Education Strategic Plan last week that was developed in collaboration with the Long Beach Unified School District and other local agencies.
“We know from experience that the sooner we can bring children into a high-quality learning environment, the more likely they are to succeed in their later years of schooling and life,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said. “This plan is a big step toward making full equity and access to early childhood programs a reality. I look forward to seeing significant and lasting results as the plan moves forward.”
Speakers and panelists at the launch event included LBUSD Deputy Superintendent Jill Baker, who oversees the school district’s early childhood education programs. Mayor Robert Garcia kicked off the event, held at Long Beach Day Nursery.
“As an educator, I believe there is no better investment in a child’s future than an investment in early childhood education,” Garcia said. “This plan will expand our educational and social commitments to our youngest residents, their families and the professionals who support them so that all children will enter school ready to learn and be positioned for life-long success."
The new plan was created to ensure all families and young children across the city have equitable access to the programs and resources they could benefit from.
The plan has seven overarching goals with objectives and activities organized under each.
“It is a blueprint for our collective action—one that compels each of us, individually and as organizations, to dedicate our best thinking, energy and commitment to making significant improvements for our children,” said Kelly Colopy, director of Long Beach Health and Human Services.