FACES SF News - May 2014
Walk Around City Hall
On April 10, 2014, FACES SF staff and children participated in the Walk Around the Block demonstration to promote funding for early childhood education. They were joined by hundreds of parents, children and staff at other non-profits in San Francisco who all shared a common goal: restoring devastating funding cuts to subsidized child care programs that began over 7 years ago as well as increasing pay for child care teachers.
Watch the video of the event above.
Since 2007, the State of California has cut spending on child care and preschool a whopping 37%. Over the last two years alone, San Francisco has lost $20 million in child care funding. And as pointed out by Sara Hicks-Kilday, of the SF Child Care Providers’ Association, the Governor’s 2014-15 state budget proposal does not restore the cuts. “For early child care providers and families with young children it’s still raining,” she says. “We need the state budget to prioritize restoring cut programs.”
For FACES SF, funding for child care is one of the most important ways of supporting low-income families who are struggling to keep living in the City.
Write your state representative.
All three of FACES SF’s child care sites participated in the event. Toddlers from Hayes Valley and preschoolers from Bayview and Masonic were escorted by teachers onto buses or vans for the ride to City Hall. Holding signs and wearing FACES SF t-shirts, the children and staff of FACES SF marched in line. In all, some 500 children and agency staffers took part in the protest.
All of them gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand change. Supervisors Norman Yee and Jane Kim spoke at the event. So did FACES SF Executive Director Lawland Long.
“Early childhood education is the fundamental foundation for creating the best hope and future for our youngest citizens, and thus for society,” Long says. “It supports working families, and it must be front and center of any economic and social policy debate. This should not be a debate. For too long, since 2007, we have experienced a disinvestment for ECE. But that trend will not be our future. Only action can bring about change."
Finding Faces for Funding
In 2011, street artist Alex Regenstreich began noticing faces in everyday objects. Inspired by this new found perspective, Alex began taking pictures of found faces wherever he went, compiling them in a portfolio. Now the artist is ready to publish a book of the photos called Face It! And he will donate 10% of the proceeds to FACES SF.