State Analyst Says Nix Newsom’s Early Childhood Plan

The Legislative Analyst Office last week pronounced the one billion dollars spent by Guv Newsom on the homeless in 2019 was wasted.  They could not find out how the money was spent and what the results of the spending had been.  Now the agency is saying the same about the Newsom Early Childhood Plan.

“On Friday the nonpartisan agency tasked with advising the legislature released a report recommending lawmakers reject the proposal.

“That’s primarily because of the lack of detail we received to be able to analyze this proposal,” fiscal and policy analyst Sara Cortez told LAist. “It’s really unclear if the proposal addresses the problems.”

California currently subsidizes childcare and preschool for an estimated 413,000 kids through more than a dozen programs and initiatives managed by three different state agencies.

Newsom’s proposed Department of Early Childhood Development would consolidate many of those programs under one agency.

“We’re not saying that having a new department to administer these programs is particularly a bad idea, but what we’re saying is we would just need more information to be able to analyze if this is the best option for administering childcare and preschool programs,” Cortez said.

You read that right.  The money is a slush fund, just as the Newsom homeless plan expenditures.  Isn’t it time to stop funding special interests, friends and donors?  This is why you should always vote NO on tax increases and bond measures.  Politicians know how to help their friends and make you feel bad you did not support it.

State Analyst Says Nix Newsom’s Early Childhood Plan

LA1st,  2/21/20   

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to streamline the complicated web of agencies that support early childhood in California by creating a new state agency.

Not so fast, says the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

On Friday the nonpartisan agency tasked with advising the legislature released a report recommending lawmakers reject the proposal.

“That’s primarily because of the lack of detail we received to be able to analyze this proposal,” fiscal and policy analyst Sara Cortez told LAist. “It’s really unclear if the proposal addresses the problems.”

California currently subsidizes childcare and preschool for an estimated 413,000 kids through more than a dozen programs and initiatives managed by three different state agencies.

Newsom’s proposed Department of Early Childhood Development would consolidate many of those programs under one agency.

“We’re not saying that having a new department to administer these programs is particularly a bad idea, but what we’re saying is we would just need more information to be able to analyze if this is the best option for administering childcare and preschool programs,” Cortez said.

Here are some of the questions the Legislative Analyst’s Office wants answered:

  • What is the underlying problem the Department of Early Childhood Development would address, and how does the new governance structure specifically address that problem?
  • How would the new department result in better services for children and families?
  • How would it eliminate duplication or overlap of government services?
  • What’s it all going to cost?

STATE PRESCHOOL

The LAO also recommended cutting the proposed number of new state preschool slots from 10,000 (at a cost of $32 million) to 1,000.

“We think the State Preschool program is unlikely to accommodate such a large increase, since more than half (about 5,400) of the additional 10,000 slots provided in 2019‑20 will go unused,” the report says.

One reason? Providers aren’t expanding fast enough.

The state doesn’t have data as to why, but the LAO’s report suggests a shortage of facilities and challenges recruiting and retaining staff are part of the problem.

LAist has reached out to the Governor’s office for comment.

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Comments

  1. Does anyone over 50 see the comparisons to President Johnson’s War on Poverty and Slick?

    The Democrats with people like Harris, Waters, Newsom, Brown, etc. want to replicate what has failed.

    The saying “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” are the watch word of this Radical Socialist Party call Democrats. Even the State annalist said the Socialist Single Payer Health Care could not be afforded, now this plan straight out of USSR of day care has been determined not to be viable.

    Does anyone read these plans before they publish them?

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