Two days after I was installed as Mayor, I gave my very first speech at Cal State Long Beach on my education initiatives. I discussed the city joining the Long Beach College Promise initiative and launching the Mayor's Internship Challenge. I also spent time discussing an issue which I think is critical to the success of our city: universal preschool.
Access to early childhood education is critical for the success of our kids. All the research shows that children who have access to a quality preschool and early education are more likely to succeed as they move through the K-12 system and beyond. Fortunately, thanks to the Long Beach Unified School District, we have added over 800 new preschool seats in the last year.
This is an incredibly big step towards achieving universal preschool for all Long Beach kids. This would not have been possible without the commitment and leadership of Superintendent Chris Steinhauser and the LBUSD Board of Education. In addition, the City Council adopted my budget proposal earlier this year to hire a new early childhood education coordinator for the city. This new person will provide support to the network of teacher-educators who are providing early learning opportunities across the community.
As we end the week, I wanted to share this great news with you and thank you for your support in this endeavor. We are very fortunate to have the Long Beach Unified School District provide these additional seats and support for families.