Archive for February 6, 2014

February meeting features California Fair Share speaker Patrick Stelmach


Many members of the American River Democrats have started hearing about California Fair Share for the first time, and club member Patrick Stelmach, who is a state organizer for the organization, will be speaking this month about the goals and accomplishments of California Fair Share. He had this to say:

In his state of the union speech, President Obama said, “One of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education.” California Fair Share is a grassroots group working to make sure everyone gets a fair shot at a good, productive life. That starts with every child having access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education and child care. Unfortunately, far too many children in California are not enrolled in preschool, due to the high cost of private preschool and the limited slots available in state-funded early learning programs.

Patrick will discuss the state of early childhood education in California, current legislation in the Congress and the California legislature to expand early learning programs, the impacts of preschool on children’s future academic success, and the significant return on investment for society.

The America River Democrats January Meeting will be at Samurai Sushi, Wednesday, February 19, 12251 Folsom Bl, Rancho Cordova. We begin our gathering at 6:30 for social time and a chance to order food or drinks. The official meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.


Samurai Sushi is near the Hazel exit from the 50 freeway on Folsom Blvd.

Guests are always welcome! Feel free to join us to hear about California Fair Share, or to learn more about the American River Democrats.