Target: Oregon Deputy Superintendent, Rob Saxton
Goal: Urge lawmakers to take into consideration area demographics when deciding the amount of funding for early child care and education programs
Oregon is one of many states beginning to implement rating systems to assess the quality of programs and determine amounts of funding. This rating system would give more money to programs that are excelling and provide quality education to children. In disadvantaged communities, however, it is extremely difficult to provide quality education due to the lack of funds. Without these funds, proper staff cannot be hired, certain learning activities have to be cut and supplies and play equipment cannot be purchased.
Disadvantaged communities are the communities that need the money the most in order to improve education situations and provide a quality learning environment to young children. According to a study done by Oregon State University’s Bridget Hatfield, “…children from low-income communities have less access to high-quality early child care and preschool, even though they are likely to gain more benefits from it.”
Programs in disadvantaged communities are in dire need of extra funding. They have the capability to excel just as much as programs in well-off communities if they were given the resources to do so. Extra funding for early childcare should be determined while taking into consideration demographics in order to ensure equal opportunities.
Urge lawmakers to include demographics in the quality rating system of early child care by signing the petition below.
Dear Superintendent Saxton,
In disadvantaged communities, early child care is crucial. It gives children the basic skills they need to excel and a positive environment during this period is highly important. Disadvantaged communities don’t have easy access to quality child care due to their limited funds and other resources, even though they are the communities that would benefit the most.
With the implementation of the quality rating system in Oregon, it would be beneficial to also consider demographics when deciding the amount of funding that programs receive. Extra funding to programs that educate children from disadvantaged communities would greatly improve conditions for these children. They would be able to have well-trained teachers as well as the resources necessary to learn.
Please consider student demographics of early child care programs in the quality rating system. It would ensure the equity of education of all children in the state of Oregon.
[Your Name Here]
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