Santa Fe's Go Big moment
One of the things I'm proudest of about Santa Fe is that we take care of one another and stand up for what's right. We never shy away from big challenges. That's what we've always done as a community.
That's why I'm excited to personally tell you about Pre-K for Santa Fe, our initiative to ensure that all of Santa Fe's three-and four-year olds have access to high-quality pre-kindergarten so they can begin kindergarten better prepared to learn.
There is no bigger priority for the city than making Santa Fe a better place for children to live, learn, and thrive. We take that challenge to heart. State government has been unable to pass comprehensive early childhood education funding, even though science shows indisputably that a child's brain begins to develop long before kindergarten begins. Without early childhood education programs, we are holding back Santa Fe's children from realizing their highest potential. How we take care of our children speaks volumes about our values as a city.
In addition to ensuring that an additional 1,000 of Santa Fe's three-and four-year olds have access to high-quality Pre-K, the initiative will create 200 jobs for Santa Feans in early education with good pay, professional development, and benefits.
To fund this important initiative we have proposed creating a dedicated fund for Pre-K for Santa Fe, paid for by a two-cent per ounce tax on distributors of soda and other sugary beverages.
Cities across the country have passed a tax on distributors of soda and other sugary beverages in recent years, from Philadelphia to Boulder to Oakland. Why? Because health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity continue to plague our communities.
You can learn more about Pre-K for Santa Fe and the proposed tax on distributors at www.prekforsantafe.org.
The City Council is hearing this proposal over the next few weeks, and we hope to have a citywide vote on Pre-K for Santa Fe this spring. The Soda Industry is already trying to stop Pre-K for Santa Fe and we need your help.
I urge you to get involved and weigh in on this important conversation.
This first public hearing is at the Public Works Committee on Monday, February 20th beginning at 5pm at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue. I hope you'll come and share your thoughts.
This effort is just getting started. If you'd like to get involved and help ensure Pre-K for every 3- and 4- year old, please contact the campaign at email@example.com.
Santa Fe, this is our Go Big moment. Let's make it happen.