The June 5th primary results are still coming in, but we remain hopeful that Measure A will pass! There are many thousands of votes left to count, including drop-off, absentee, vote by mail, and provisional ballots. Results for Alameda County elections are still being counted tonight – as with many races across California – and final results likely will not be announced for a few weeks. Measure A must receive two-thirds of voter approval to pass.
Measure A seeks to close a widening child care and early education crisis hitting Alameda County’s youngest children. More than 7,000 children in the county are waiting for a spot in an early education program, and only 44% of children are fully ready for kindergarten, according to First 5.
As an educator, I know the difference quality early education can make in a child’s life. I’m eager to see more opportunities open up for our youngest children so they can develop, thrive and be ready for kindergarten and beyond.
To see our community come together these last several months, put in countless volunteer hours, get out the vote and recognize the need to attract and retain more quality childcare workers like me and keep building our next generation of responsible K-12 students, college graduates and citizens – it rejuvenates my passion for this work and serving my community.
I am very proud of the strong campaign we’ve run to reach voters, earn scores of powerful endorsements, and work toward building a robust child care system that will benefit the entire community. Stay tuned for updates. As soon as we have results we will reach out!