Behind the high suspension rates in rural areas are family struggles with poverty, mental illness, addiction and parental incarceration, a dearth of resources to address those needs and underfunded schools.
As students and educators in and around the town of Paradise begin a new semester, just two months since the deadliest wildfire in California history, they are carrying with them levels of trauma that will certainly impact their ability to learn and teach, experts say.
Quality early care and education is critical to prepare all California children for school, but a large percentage of children 0-4 do not attend licensed early childhood education programs, largely because of a lack of space. The state has begun restoring preschool and child care slots eliminated during the recession, and investing more in full-day programs. Early childhood advocates, parents, and providers are eagerly awaiting what reforms may occur under Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who has said he is committed to expanding early childhood education.