Welcome! It’s always fun when Friday rolls around because that means we can reflect on the past week and look forward to the weekend. There is a lot happening in the child care field and in our community, so read on.
This was an exciting and eventful week as we joined with other Californians to hear how negotiations from the joint budget committee would play out and how much funding would go to early learning and child care. On Thursday we learned that the Senate and Assembly had agreed on a budget of $392 million for early childhood education, and on Friday advocates for children and families began to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign the proposal, which is expected to be made official on Monday, June 15th. Every investment in kids is a good one and next year we hope to get the full $600 million. Be sure to stay connected with us on Twitter for all the updates! Our June Newsletter also came out this week offering lots of free community events, gift ideas for Father’s Day, and crafts to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month.
On Tuesday, June 16th, volunteers from the Alameda County Bar Association will be at BANANAS to offer free legal services to families with domestic concerns at our Free Family Law Clinic. Then on Thursday, June 18th, we’re hosting a Teen CPR & First Aid Training where kids ages 13 to 17 will learn life-saving techniques from a certified instructor and receive a certificate of completion. RSVP today for this wonderful workshop! Looking ahead there are still a FEW SPOTS LEFT for our CPR & First Aid Training on Sunday, June 28th. Sign up today!
IN THE COMMUNITY
Ready for a bunch of free family fun? We’ve got it! First off is a music-filled Community Pop Up in Berkeley on Saturday, June 13th, where you can enjoy food, walking and biking tours, and also learn about new changes coming to the Adeline Corridor neighborhood. On Friday, June 19th, take the kids to a Summer Reading Celebration for a superhero photo booth, a barbecue, a book giveaway, and games. And, you’ll have a chance to extend your Father’s Day celebrations with a Daddy & Me Event on Friday, June 26th, at Children’s Fairyland. On Saturday, June 27th, don’t miss a free screening of the documentary series Raising of America, which explores the impact of early learning and child care on children and families.