Life without internet in Yolo County

By Don Saylor and Cecilia Aguiar-Curry | Source Access to high-speed Internet (broadband) is no longer a luxury. It is a basic necessity in both rural and urban settings to support our community members with their education, access to health care and economic...

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Delaine Eastin Endorses Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for Assembly

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Construction to begin this week on PG&E training facility

By Sarah Dowling | Source Despite stormy weather, hundreds gathered at an empty field in Winters, imagining what it will become in little more than a year. With a few shovelfuls of earth, the Monday groundbreaking ceremony ushered in the beginning of construction on a...

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Winters Mayor Enters Crowded Assembly Race

By Democrat staff | Source Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has entered into the race for the open 4th District Assembly seat created by Bill Dodd’s run for Senate. Also seeking the post are Democrats Davis Mayor Dan Wolk and Yolo Supervisor Don Saylor; as well as...

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Mayor Runs for Assembly

By Debra DeAngelo | Winters Express | Volume 132, #34 The real question about Cecila Aguiar-Curry’s run for a state assembly seat is: How did she ever find the time to do it? A glance at her appointment book shows very little white space, and the list of regional...

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Winters Mayor Enters Assembly race

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | Source The race to fill the state Assembly seat being vacated by Bill Dodd has gotten a little more crowded. Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has announced that she will seek the 4th District Assembly seat, joining a field that already...

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(From Press Release) – Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D – Winters) introduced AB 273 last week in order to help Californians pursuing English-language education or a High School Equivalency certificate receive state assistance for childcare services.

Both English language learning and high school education are keys to job training, as well as educational and employment opportunities in California. They are essential in transitioning from public assistance programs to work sufficient to support a family. This hurdle is further exacerbated by the fact that English language and adult learners with children must deal with the increasingly high costs of childcare services.

“If you can’t learn English, you can’t finish your GED, enter job training, or pursue higher education. If you can’t afford child care, you can’t get to your classes. This bill will help people who want to work take the first steps to get the training they need.”

Currently, English language and adult learners with children do not qualify for federal and state subsidized child development services under the Educational Code, such as childcare and preschool.

Childcare services are a growing burden on the budgets of families in California. According to a 2015 report by the California Budget & Policy Center, the average single mother could expect to spend over two-thirds of her income to cover the cost of childcare. It is well documented that a mother’s level of education has important consequences for children. In addition, over 25 percent of California immigrants live in households where no one over the age of thirteen speaks English well.

“Helping people who want to work just makes sense for them and for California,” said Aguiar-Curry. “With the recent debate in our country over immigrants’ rights and the struggle people are having finding employment, I wanted my first bill to be one that would empower Californians to get the education needed to find a job.”

The bill is coauthored by Assemblymembers Caballero (D – Salinas) and Gloria (D – San Diego), and Senator Mendoza (D – Artesia), and currently awaits referral to its first policy committee.