In response to a November court ruling that invalidated the State’s attempt to sweep $1 billion from First 5 reserves, Sacramento’s First 5 Commission chaired by Supervisor Serna, began discussions aimed at restoring critical health and early childhood education programs serving children ages zero to five years. The February 6th discussion resulted in direction to restore three high priority programs: Birth & Beyond, the Crisis Nursery and core school readiness programs targeted for low-performing schools. Commissioners were also unanimous in their support of using funds to address a future 22% reduction in services following Fiscal Year 2014-15. By doing so, the Commission will be able to preserve high priority safety-net services for the County’s youngest residents. Finally, Supervisor Serna urged fellow Commissioners to dedicate $5 million towards an effort he is leading to reduce disproportionate deaths among African American children. Staff will return to the Commission with formal recommendations at their March meeting. The public is welcome to attend and provide input. The meeting will be held in Board Chambers located at 700 H Street at 12:30 PM on Monday, March 5, 2012.
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