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First Lady Dozier – Mother to More Than 100

Gardena resident Erma L. Dozier has been a mother to a hundred children, literally.She and her husband, Pastor Larry of The New Earth Christian Church (TNECC), have been foster parents the past 30 years. Along with their own two children, they’ve been parents to more than 100 children in their Gardena home. It was the First Lady’s idea to become foster parents. Pastor Larry said, “I admit that I had to think twice about it, but her heart was set on it, so I relented and said, ‘Ok, let’s give it a try.’ It’s been one of the most rewarding

Governor Newsom Announces Release of $100 Million to Support Child Care Services for Essential Workers and Vulnerable Populations

This critical funding will be deployed to pay for up to 20,000 limited-term additional child care slots   Funding is part of SB 89, emergency legislation the Governor signed last month to provide up to $1 billion in funding to help California fight the COVID-19 pandemic Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the release of $100 million to support child care services, and to support child care providers who are stepping up to serve essential infrastructure workers and vulnerable populations and their children during this critical time. “Many of California’s workers on the front lines of this pandemic are parents, and as a