Strengthening the Children's Fund
Today, I am proud to announce that I have introduced legislation with Supervisor John Avalos and a grassroots community coalition to extend and expand funds for critical services to children and families.
First passed by SF voters in 1991, the Children's Fund sets aside $50 million in funding for after-school programs, youth employment services, health education, violence prevention measures, and other critical resources for children and families.
Without action, this funding stream would expire in a year.
The legislation not only extends this fund indefinitely but also increases the total funding available. To provide more transparent oversight and community input regarding the use of the funds, this legislation also creates a new city commission for the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families.
After approval by the Board of Supervisors, this measure will be placed on the November 2014 ballot.
I am also co-sponsoring two other pieces of legislation: the reauthorization of the Public Education Enrichment Fund (a set aside of over $60 million dollars for schools, preschools, & services) and the creation of a Creating Children and Families Council to better coordinate childrens' programs Citywide.
These measures combined -- along with the establishment of a tax on sugary drinks -- will make 2014 landmark year for children in San Francisco!
I believe San Francisco must become much more friendly and welcoming to families. This legislation is a critical component of making that a reality. With more resources, more accountability, and more public engagement, we can improve the lives of all San Franciscans like never before.
For more details, please contact Peter Lauterborn from my staff at 415.554.7411 or at firstname.lastname@example.org