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Governor Newsom is proposing nearly $2 billion for early childhood programs




A newborn baby touches its mother's handon September 17, 2013 at the Lens hospital in France.
A newborn baby touches its mother's handon September 17, 2013 at the Lens hospital in France.
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Governor Newsom plans to introduce a roughly $2 billion investment in child care and early learning programs in his budget on Thursday.

The move is being applauded by advocates who want to see California devote more of its resources to taking care of the state’s youngest residents. But questions still surround how the money will be used, and how these programs will be funded.

AirTalk invites a panel of education experts and early childhood advocates to discuss Newsom’s plan.

Read KPCC early childhood reporter Priska Neely’s coverage here.

Guests: 

Priska Neely, senior early childhood reporter at KPCC; she tweets @priskaneely

Kim Pattillo Brownson, vice president for policy and strategy at First 5 LA, a child-advocacy organization

David Wolfe, legislative director for Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Bruce Fuller, professor of education and public policy at Berkeley

Neal McCluskey, director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, which is a libertarian leaning think-tank in D.C.