Read the full column from Rigo Rodríguez, Ph.D., member of the Santa Ana Unified School District Governing Board, Associate Professor at California State University Long Beach and a board member for Delhi Center in Santa Ana, about the importance of kindergarten readiness and the Early Development Index on the Orange County Register here.
Join Supervisor Andrew Do & Orange County Children’s Partnership on Friday, October 27 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Delhi Center in Santa Ana for the Conditions of Children Forum focusing on Immunizations and Childhood Obesity.
All attendees will receive a free copy of the 23rd Annual Report on The Conditions of Children in Orange County.
Today, the Children and Families Commission unanimously voted to pay off its unfunded pension liability – more formally referred to as Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability (UAAL) – in the defined pension plan administered by the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).
By taking this action the Commission will save more than $1.2 million immediately in interest, and a minimum reduction of $160,000 to the annual budget in benefit costs.
The one-time payment of nearly $1.8 million for the UAAL will be funded from the Commission’s reserve held for long-term, sustainability commitments. The reserve balance, at more than $13 million, remains well above the required 25 percent of the annual budget that was established to ease the financial impact to programs as tobacco tax revenue declines.
In the era of declining tobacco tax revenue, a smart fiscal management decision like this will help the Commission continue its leadership in responding to and its funding of programs and policy best practices for young children’s health and development.
“It’s very uncommon for agencies to be in a position to accelerate payment for their unfunded pension liabilities, however we have worked tirelessly to remain fiscally sound making prudent long-term financial decisions,” said Sandra Barry, Chair of the Children and Families Commission. “This decision will lead to substantial savings in the long run. I’m extremely proud of the Commission’s approach to fiscal management. This was an opportunity to realize significant savings that can be used for important programs to support children’s health and school readiness.”
In her role as Early Learning Director, Alva is responsible for the implementation of school readiness, early literacy and math programs. She will also have a special focus on using the Early Development Index (EDI), a validated population-based measure of early childhood development and school readiness, data to foster better outcomes for young children.
Prior to joining the Commission, Tiffany served as the Early Learning Director at THINK Together and has extensive knowledge and expertise in program development and management. She co-chairs the annual Early Learning STEM Conference and serves on leadership committees for both the national and state associations for the education of young children.
Alva holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County is a leader in responding to children’s needs and supporting programs and policy best practices for children’s health and development. The Commission has identified, funded and supported programs with demonstrable positive impacts on children’s health and school readiness. Its strategic partnerships have allowed the Commission to leverage collective resources to better meet the challenges associated with keeping children healthy and ready to learn. The Commission’s work has been and continues to be replicated, as it has become known as a reliable, collaborative and forward-thinking partner in Orange County, statewide and nationally.
About the Children and Families Commission of Orange County
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. More than $13.3 million was allocated to health programs for young children and families in Fiscal Year 2015/16 and children ages 0-5 received more than 2 million services. Funds help pay for early education, pediatric primary and specialty health care, children’s dental, homeless prevention, and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age 5 and their families. The Commission’s goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For more information, please visit www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.
ChildrenNow, in partnership with the Commission, produced a new report taking a look at Orange County’s early childhood home visitation and family support services.
The report is available now and highlights the impact of Bridges Maternal Child Health Network’s innovative approach to bridging the gap between limited early intervention capacity and widespread need among family.
Take a look at the full report below or at this link: https://www.childrennow.org/reports-research/early-childhood-home-visiting-orange/.