From the First 5 Association:
On May 3rd, Dr. Arambula (Fresno) held a hearing on CalWORKS, which included a new effort to create the CalWORKs Home Visiting Program. As Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services (Budget Sub-1) and author of AB 992, legislation that would authorize this home visting program, Dr. Arambula led the discussion about the value of home visiting and the positive impacts on families.
First 5 was represented at the hearing by a mother who had received home visting through First 5 San Joaquin, Dawn Arlt Narayan who oversees First 5 San Joaquin’s home visiting program that serves CalWORKs familes, and Margot of the First 5 Association, who testified on First 5’s support for the program and our history in funding home visiting across the state.
Key moments from the hearing included:
- Dr. Arambula appreciation for the mother’s testimony and his recognition about the proven impacts of home visiting;
- Assemblymember Devon Mathis’ (Visalia) comments about the power of early interventions and his personal experience of his son being diagnosed with autism;
- Will Lightbourne (director of DSS) acknowledgement of First 5’s critical leadership in building home visiting systems across the state.
The Association will be drafting a budget letter soon to support the CalWORKs Home Visiting Program. At which time, more will be available on how to support this home visting effort!