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California Makes Historic Investments in Children and Youth


Governor Newsom recently signed the state budget with historic investments in public education, from preschool to college. The budget includes $25 billion over 5 years to establish Universal Transitional Kindergarten beginning in the 2022-23 school year. The budget also includes $3 billion to support establishing Community Schools in under-resourced districts to provide health care, family services, and after-school programs. There is $4 billion to support student mental health and behavioral services. The State is making significant investments in closing the digital divide, by providing $6 billion in funding to support access to broadband internet. The budget also attempts to address child food insecurity by making school breakfast and lunch free for all students in the state. This is truly a children’s budget that prioritizes ensuring students and their families can access high-quality education. Check out CA State Grant Portals for funding opportunities!