Urge Governor Brown to sign AB 273 - Unlocking Opportunities for Families !

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of California

Assembly Bill 273, authored by Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry, will ensure that families who currently qualify for child care can get access to services while attending English language (ESL) or High School Equivalency classes (GED).

It is well documented that individuals who are proficient in English have higher occupational mobility with better job prospects and, therefore, have a greater opportunity to earn higher wages. Parents with a greater proficiency in English are also better prepared to support their children as they enter the K-12 system. Ensuring access to state subsidized child care, while parents are enrolled in ESL or HSE courses, increases the socioeconomic  mobility for both parents and their children.

Thank you for taking 2 minutes to support thousands of children in California to thrive!

To: The Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of California
From: [Your Name]

Dear Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.,

We urge you to sign AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry) Child care services: eligibility, which will address inequities in education access, and the economic stability for immigrant, refugee, and severely low-wealth families who are seeking to expand their English language skills, enter the workforce, or pursue higher education opportunities.

AB 273 does not add any new child care slots, but clarifies that low-income families, who are currently eligible, can access this support during the hours they participate in English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes.

The Economic Policy Institute states that on average a person that has a high school diploma will earn 36% more than someone who is a non-high school graduate. Additionally, according to the California Budget and Policy Center, “In California, 1.6 million low-income children have parents who have limited English proficiency and/or do not have a high school diploma. That’s more than one-half of all low-income children in the state.” AB273 presents an opportunity to begin closing this gap, and ensuring that all parents can support their children to thrive.

Let's make this crucial step to ensure that immigrant and low-wealth families and children are not left behind in California: please sign AB 273 into law.

Thank you for your continued leadership!