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Pleasanton board trustees will decide the fate of a popular PUSD Early Education Center this Thursday which also would cut support for teen moms

Original post made by Dave, Downtown, on May 17, 2021

Pleasanton board trustees will decide the fate of a popular PUSD Early Education Center this Thursday which also would cut support for teen moms.

Out of nowhere, axing Horizon Early Education Child Care is on Thursday's agenda for the 5 trustees. The board made up of Joan Laursen, Mark Miller, Steve Maher, Mary Jo Carreon, and Kelly Mokashi are asked to take away a popular child care option in downtown Pleasanton due to "lack of funds". However, this is quite deceiving as Horizon has 17 families on the waitlist to get in and yet due to covid-19 restrictions, daycares are forced to limit their teacher-student radios. Just as these daycare teacher-student radios are set to loosen the board is asked to make a hasty vote to close this program before it has the chance to show it can be fully self funding.

Horizon early education center also uniquely supports Pleasanton teen moms by offering them free (or very reduced) childcare so the moms can stay in school and get their education.

Horizon is pinning its hopes on community support. If you want to have your voice heard signup to speak to the board here (enter board meeting date 5/20/21, and Agenda Item #12.4): Web Link

Also contact your elected board members directly here:
Web Link
Tell Joan Laursen, Mark Miller, Steve Maher, Mary Jo Carreon, and Kelly Mokashi how you feel.

Comments (2)

Posted by Chien
a resident of Mission Park
on May 20, 2021 at 12:21 am

Chien is a registered user.

Horizon deserves more time and effort on helping it become self-sustained, not a quick, rushed vote to close it. This is education, it shouldn't be like profit-oriented companies cutting a product line that's not profitable.


Posted by Nick
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 20, 2021 at 12:46 am

Nick is a registered user.

Thanks for this report. This is really devastating. I wonder what makes them to rush the vote just when everything starts to recover? Isn't it somehow unfair to evaluate their financial situation during the COVID? Why there's no government relief for this facility?


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