Tomorrow is a big day in Santa Fe.
It's the first day you can vote for Pre-K for every 3- and 4-year-old, funded by a two-cent per ounce soda tax.
Tomorrow! Tuesday, Mar 28
We know you know the facts. Research shows that 90% of a child's brain development occurs before age five. These critical years lay the foundation for the rest of a child's life. Pre-K for Santa Fe will provide funding for vitally-needed early education for 1,000 three- and four-year-olds in Santa Fe, so they can be prepared to succeed in school and in life. And it'll be paid for by a two-cent per ounce soda tax, to help reduce the health problems that soda causes.
Berkeley approved a health impact fee just like this in 2014, and it has been a huge success. In-depth studies show that it has raised over $2 million per year for vital health programs, with no negative impacts whatsoever on businesses or jobs. Now Philadelphia, San Francisco, Oakland, and Cook County, which includes Chicago, have passed similar taxes. We can build on this proven success here in Santa Fe.
Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 28th for two events:
- Lunch from 11am - 1pm at City Hall and in-person absentee voting at City Hall. Served Santa Fe Street Food will be onsite with delicious food outside City Hall, and then we'll head upstairs to be the first to vote FOR Pre-K for Santa Fe! Parking is free if you park in the Convention Center parking lot, and get your ticket validated by the Clerk when you vote.
- Urgency of Pre-K Conversation from 5:30 - 7pm at United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune, 1409 Monterey Dr. Join us for a community conversation between Mayor Javier Gonzales and President and CEO of United Way, Katherine Freeman, about the urgent need for Pre-K in Santa Fe.
Stay tuned for more community events and ways to engage and learn more. We hope you'll get involved, tell your friends, and importantly, VOTE!