Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Health Care Options Education

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
July 10, 2013

 

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

EDUCATING STUDENTS, STAFF, AND PARENTS FOR HEALTH CARE OPPORTUNITIES

As we enter summer, I am looking ahead to the many opportunities we will have in the next school year to enrich the lives and health of California’s children.

As you know, I have been working with my team to help align school priorities with my report, A Blueprint for Great Schools, which is on the California Department of Education (CDE) A Blueprint for Great Schools Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/bp/bpcontents.asp. The Blueprint contains important recommendations to ensure students are healthy and ready to learn.

With the implementation of health care reform just around the corner, one important thing we can do is ensure that schools play an active role in bringing health coverage information and enrollment opportunities to parents, staff, and especially children. The simple truth is that children with health insurance are more likely to get the health care they need. The result is improved attendance and healthier, more attentive, and higher-performing students in the classroom.

There is much we can and must do before the October 1, 2013, launch of the Affordable Care Act. We want our staff members and families, child care centers, athletic and after-school programs, and school nurses to all be informed about health care reform—and, most importantly, to work with community partners to ensure everyone is informed and enrolled in coverage.

The CDE is committed to using this new opportunity to see that every child gets the coverage they need to stay healthy and learning. I am pleased to announce our collaboration with The Children’s Partnership and other groups to make information available about health coverage options and provide online toolkits and local assistance referrals so that districts, schools, and classrooms can be a part of achieving that goal.

In the weeks and months ahead, you will be hearing more from The Children’s Partnership, other partner organizations, and the CDE about how you and your schools can contribute to this important effort. I hope you will welcome their ideas and choose to get involved in helping our families take advantage of this historic opportunity to achieve affordable health coverage.

This fall offers an unprecedented opportunity. Working together, we can make a difference for all our children.

Have a wonderful summer, and come back ready to rock and enroll!

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:km
2013-05974

Last Reviewed: Friday, July 10, 2015

Recently Posted in Editorials & Letters

  • Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (added 29-Jun-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Request for New Applications.
  • Clean Water Letter (added 21-Jun-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding commitment to having clean water in California schools.
  • Improving After School Nutrition (added 17-Jun-2016)
    How after school meals can help provide healthy food to students across the state.
  • Better Together: Calfiornia Teachers Summit 2016 (PDF) (added 08-Jun-2016)
    Flyer for the Better Together: Calfiornia Teachers Summit 2016 where thousands of teachers from across the state come together to learn concrete strategies to implement the new California Standards in their classroom.
  • Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2016 (added 08-Jun-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit.

  • Tech for Schools Summit Letter (added 03-Jun-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Second Annual California Superintendents Tech for Schools Summit.
  • Great Kindness Challenge Letter (added 02-Jun-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Great Kindness Challenge.
  • Military Children Educational Interstate Compact (added 26-May-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle and High School Principals regarding the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunity for Military Children.