Lissa believes that all children deserve access to an excellent school district. Having necessary resources for our school districts is critical, and that means both funding and well-trained and empowered teachers who are supported by strong building and administrative leaders. Children who have experienced adverse experiences and trauma need counselors and family engagement specialists, not blame and push out.
Our current economy prioritizes the excesses of corporate profits over the needs of everyday citizens. Employers do not have to offer adequate wages, sufficient healthcare coverage, or paid time off. Convenient, quality child care is unaffordable. Lissa believes in the right of workers to organize and in a government that ensures employers take care of workers as people first, and growing profits second.
All patients deserve access to healthcare facilities and doctors of their choice. Insurance and prescription coverage should take a preventative approach to cover the care people need with a focus on customer service. Women deserve control of their own healthcare decisions. Seniors and people with disabilities deserve support, without a waitlist, so that they can remain independent within their homes and communities.
Lissa has seen in her own children and their friends the profound social and emotional growth that goes on long before children enter Kindergarten. It is time to capitalize on this critical period of development by ensuring a sufficient supply of affordable, high-quality early learning programs. This includes home visiting programs focused on maternal and child health, early intervention services, child care for working families, and prekindergarten education.