Educating our children from pre-k to college is our smartest investment. Don brings his past experience as a Davis school board member - where he supported programs to create stronger learning opportunities in music, arts, language, math and science - to inform his role as a County Supervisor. Highlights include:
Education and Equity in Yolo County - In Yolo County more than 40 percent of three and four-year-olds do not experience preschool before starting kindergarten. Accessibility and affordability are barriers to entry for many preschool aged children, starting them at a disadvantage compared to their peers who experience preschool. Supervisor Saylor is thrilled to collaborate with Yolo County Superintendent Jesse Ortiz to seek solutions to give all kids a fair chance.
UC Davis Tutoring for Underperforming Rural Students - Thanks to a new partnership providing school bus transportation, the UC Davis Chicana/o BRIDGE tutoring program that seeks to improve the academic achievement of low-income under-performing students in rural communities more than doubled in size in the 2015/16 academic year. The program began a pilot program in January 2015 in Knights Landing at the behest of Latina farmworker mothers in the community. Challenged by inconsistent and unreliable transportation for the UC Davis tutors, Supervisor Saylor convened a group of stakeholders to identify a creative solution to transport 80 UC Davis Bridge Program tutors four times per week to schools in the rural communities of Knights Landing and Robbins for individualized mentoring of elementary aged students.
Expanded Family Resource Centers – When Don served as the Chairman of First 5 Yolo, he worked with the Commission and staff to implement eight Family Resource sites throughout the County, effective July 1, 2012. Each of these sites has an Early Learning Specialist and provides a food distribution program for low income families, along with other services.