Silicon Valley Community Foundation gubernatorial debate includes pledges for universal preschool from Democrats

Last Tuesday night the Silicon Valley Community Foundation hosted the only live, televised statewide debate among major candidates for California Governor. The debate was moderated by Chuck Todd, NBC News’ Political Director and Moderator of Meet the Press.

According to EdSource:

“The six leading candidates for governor of California squared off at a debate Tuesday night in San Jose, where the race’s Democrats endorsed universal preschool.

The Democratic candidates for governor of California reaffirmed their support for universal preschool during Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate in San Jose, pledging that they would work to make it a reality if elected.

By contrast, their Republican counterparts opposed the idea of providing state-subsidized preschool for all low-income California 4-year-olds.

All six leading candidates — four Democrats and two Republicans — participated in the event, which was sponsored by NBC Bay Area and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The foundation’s Center for Early Learning launched a multi-million-dollar “Choose Children” campaign last September calling for the next governor to make early childhood education a priority.”

This is a momentous moment for California and for the prospect of making access to early childhood education a reality for every family in our state.

If you haven’t already, help keep up the momentum by signing the Choose Children Petition.

Read more at EdSource.

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