In order to fill a looming General Fund state budget gap California’s Prop 1D would have defunded many First 5 programs serving children 0-5 .
Sadly, when times are tough, prevention funding and services for the youngest and most vulnerable children are often the first to go. Yet evidence shows that for every $1 invested in early childhood programs, more than $8 in benefit is received.
California pediatricians strongly opposed this ballot measure that would have raided millions of dollars in voter-approved funds for First 5, funds that supported programs for early screening and intervention for developmental and behavioral disorders; early childhood education in underserved communities; dental health screening and treatment for children under age 5 ; and enrolling children in public health insurance.
Staff Note: California voters agree with AAP California, and soundly defeated Prop 1D 66% to 34%.