Thursday, July 27, 2017


Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission

Next Hearing:
July 27 – 10 a.m.
Cerritos College – Student Center
11110 Alondra Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650

This hearing will be live streamed. Check back for link and details.

Additional hearing materials forthcoming.

July 27, 2017 Hearing Agenda +

Map of Cerritos College +

Commission Mission Statement:

The Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education is a policy driven body tasked with developing strategic solutions to improve outcomes for some of California's youngest learners and their families.

Topics: Early Brain Development, Increased Access for Children and Families, Eligibility Standards in State Child Care and Early Education Programs, Provider Reimbursement Rate Reform, Universal Early Learning Access, Supporting California's Growing Workforce


During the Great Recession, the budget for early learning was severely cut along with many other state programs. Despite recent investments, the existing system has struggled to stay afloat. Members fight hard every year to win additional dollars for children because they knew the benefits of access to quality early experiences for children.

The concept of the Blue Ribbon Commission on early childhood education was created during the 2016-17 Budget in an effort to strategically plan improvements to the underfunded and struggling early learning system. The ultimate goal is to provide more services to needy families and kids across the state through a sustainable system.

The current funding for the system is outdated and the need for access to child care continues to grow. The Assembly is using this group as a platform to discuss ways to improve the early learning system in California and put the ideas into action to inform future policy and budget actions.


Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Co-Chair
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Co-Chair
Assemblymember Phil Ting
Assemblymember Blanca Rubio
Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein

Community Appointments:


Michael Olenick, President and CEO, Child Care Resource Center (CCRC)

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Nina Buthee, Executive Director, CA Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA)

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Deborah Kong, Director, Early Edge California

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Dr. Celia Ayala, Senior Advisor, L.A. Universal Preschool (LAUP)

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Tonia McMillian, SEIU Local 99 member and child care provider

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Mary Ignatius, Statewide Organizer, Parent Voices

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Parvin Ahmadi, Superintendent, Castro Valley Unified School District

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Dr. Jacquelyn McCroskey, Professor of Child Welfare at University of Southern California, School of Social Work

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Sonia Campos-Rivera, Director of Education Policy and Public Affairs, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce

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First Hearing:

Rendon to Convene First Hearing of Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education

March 6, 2017 Hearing Agenda (PDF) +

Meeting Handouts:

2017 Child Care Fact Sheet +

Child Care & Early Learning Funding +

Subsidized Child Care System +

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Please join Assemblymember Kevin McCarty for a Legislative Town Hall to discuss his legislation and highlights from the 2017-18 State Budget. This event is free and open to the public.

Free parking available in lot.

For more information, please call (916) 324-4676.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 pm
E. Claire Raley Studio (CLARA)
2420 N Street

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Annual Hollywood Park 4th of July Parade

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Begins at 9:00 A.M.

Leonardo da Vinci School

4701 Joaquin Way, Sacramento

Parade Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. - Gather at Leonardo da Vinci School (4701 Joaquin Way) for refreshments and meeting/greeting your neighbors
  • 9:30 a.m. - Parade leaves from Leonardo da Vinci School going South on Joaquin Way
  • Return to the school for more meet and greets!


For more information:



4th of July at Southside Park

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

10 AM – 2 PM

Southside Park, Sacramento

“Celebrating a shared vision of equity & inclusion”

Live Music, Vendors, Art



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State Fair 4th of July Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

5 PM - 11 PM

California State Fair: MillerLite Racetrack Grandstand

1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, California 95815

Join 92.5 The Bull and Cal Expo at the MillerLite Racetrack Grandstand for fireworks, live music, and a picnic with the family!

This is a free event, but reserved seating can be purchased online.

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River Park 4th of July Parade, Festival & July 5-Miler

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Glen Hall: 5415 Sandburg Drive, Sacramento, CA 95819

8:00 am – 1:00 pm


  • 8:00 AM: Kids 1/2 mile Race                 
  • 8:30 AM: 5 miler                       
  • 9:00 AM: RP 4th of July Event starts                 
  • 9:30 AM: Classic Car Parade                 
  • 10:00 AM: Fire Cracker Parade

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41st Annual 4th of July 5-miler

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Event put on by the Buffalo Chips Running Club

Glenn Hall Park (Corner of Sandburg & Carlson Drive in River Park), directly north of CSUS


  • 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM—Sign in (Everyone must sign a waiver.)
  • 7:45 AM—Start of Kids’ Half-Mile Race (Ages 10 and younger)
  • 8:00 AM—Start of 5-Mile Race


Please bring donations to feed your good conscience in cash or check form to either or both SMALL HEARTFLAGDONATION BOXES at the Waiver Table:

  • WEAVE, Women Escaping A Violent Environment
  • American River Parkway Foundation, keeping up our treasured running path along the American River

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Fourth on the Field 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento, California 95691
  • Old Sacramento


Celebrate America's birthday at Raley Field's annual Fourth on the Field event! Independence Day at Raley Field includes a spectacular fireworks show (of course), food trucks (delicious), live music (rock on!), games and contests (start practicing), and much more.

Good viewing spots can be found on both the west and east sides of the Sacramento River near Tower Bridge.


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East Sacramento Fourth of July Parade

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Parade begins at 10:00 am 

The East Sac 4th of July parade takes place in the Fab 40s neighborhood of East Sacramento. It starts on 41st St between J and M Streets.



“U” St Annual Block Party

U St: between 25th and 26th Street

6:00 PM -- Food

Dusk -- Fireworks

Grills and serving tables provided. Families encouraged to bring chairs, meat to grill, drinks (no glass), table service, a food dish to share, and fireworks (optional).

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sacramento's 15th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Event

Kick-Off Reception

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5:30-7:30 PM

California State Library, Fragrance Garden, Library Annex Building

900 N Street, Sacramento, CA 

Featuring healthy Soul Food, presentations, and a band performance


Sacramento's 15th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Event

Safety & Opportunity Fest

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2-6 PM

Health Foundation Center, Cesar Chavez Park

In partnership with the Sierra Health Foundation Center


Sacramento's 15th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Event

Friday Night "Gospel Under the Stars" Concert

Friday, June 16, 2017

7-9 PM

William Land Park Ampitheater


Sacramento's 15th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Event

Festival in the Park

Saturday, June 17, 2017

11 AM - 6 PM

William Land Park

  • Run/walk event for health
  • Main stage entertainment
  • Talent show
  • Health/wellness pavillion
  • Juneteenth Arts & Educational Theater
  • Arts, crafts, food, social organizations
  • Children's activities


Monday, June 12, 2017

Loving Day Celebration

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Loving Day

Monday, June 12

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Secretary of State Auditorium

1500 11th Street


Please join the California Legislative Black Caucus to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Loving Day with a panel discussion on interracial marriage, civil rights, and HR 39 (McCarty), followed by a screening of the film “Loving.”

Loving Day is an annual celebration held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states banning interracial marriage.

This ruling is especially memorable for California, the first state court to strike down a law banning interracial marriage. This landmark case affirmed the marriage of Andrea Perez (a Mexican American woman) and Sylvester Davis (an African American man) in 1948.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP is required. Please RSVP to:

Loving Day Film Panel and Screening

Loving Day Panel and Screening