Best Starts for Juneau Kids

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Dear Juneau Assembly,

Please support Best Starts for Juneau Kids on the ballot this fall, or fund the initiative in some other way, so we can have enough child care and preschool to help children learn while parents earn.

We see it every day - the lack of affordable, quality child care and preschool in Juneau is holding us back. Parents can't work. Less than half of Juneau Kindergarteners enter school with the skills they need to succeed, and score lower than the state average for important social and self-regulation skills. Together, working with the private and non-profit sectors, we can fix this - boosting our economy right NOW, and then watching the savings grow every year right along with the kids. We will save more later in reduced special education costs, less crime, less substance abuse and other community problems.

One way to do this is to let the public vote on Best Starts for Juneau Kids - to dedicate 1/2 of 1% of the existing sales tax when it is on the ballot this October for a five year re-authorization. This would give five years to prove this works, with NO local tax increase.  This is a full solution so all children and families will have access to high quality child care and early learning, plus stronger family and youth services.

Whether as a sales tax or funded in some other way, Juneau needs to invest in expanding quality child care and preschool to help children learn while parents earn. 



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