South San Francisco, CA September 20, 2022 by Neighbor who requests to remain anonymous
I urge South San Franciscans to vote Yes on Measure DD on November 8th because I believe every child deserves a great preschool education, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. My bilingual children were ready for kindergarten because they received tuition assistance to attend Izzi (formerly IHSD), one of South City’s fantastic preschools.
Yet hundreds of working families just like mine are still on the preschool waitlist because there isn’t enough space in our preschool programs, and families who don’t receive tuition assistance face monthly tuition fees over $1,500/month, per child. That’s why our grassroots coalition put forth a citizens’ initiative to fully fund our local, high-quality preschool programs for all kids aged 2.5 to 5 years old—and we’ll guarantee a living wage for hardworking preschool teachers too, funded by only taxing large corporate office buildings
Our community strongly supports this investment in our children and early care and education workers. When I danced at a Folklorico event, volunteers gathered nearly 100 signatures for our petition in under an hour from people waiting in line. People at my church signed by the dozens, as did volunteers and clients at the local food bank.
As a DACA recipient, I know that smart policy can change lives and communities for the better. Please show your support for the children, families, and preschool teachers of South San Francisco by recommending Yes on DD.