The key to a vibrant economy is a strong education that prepares our kids for the jobs of tomorrow. I am a mother of three and I'm committed to providing all Southland children the opportunities they need and deserve.
I believe the way to best prepare our children is by investing in comprehensive schooling from birth to work. That means we must expand funding for early childhood education, improve our public schools, and make sure that our universities and colleges have the resources they need to give young people the skills companies are looking for. It is especially critical that we invest in community colleges which prepare workers for good jobs and provide meaningful job retraining to those in seek of a better life for themselves and their families. And as we invest in higher education, we also have to make sure that people who want to pursue a degree have the resources and support they need. That's why I'm such a strong advocate of Pell Grants and expanding access to low-interest loans for students.
We must also make sure we are providing a safe environment in school for kids and intervening early with those at-risk youth that need our help. I know we can do that if we provide more social workers in our schools, invest in after-school programs, anti-gang initiatives, and continuing professional education for our teachers.