Ashley Hopkinson is a digital journalist committed to excellent storytelling. Ashley began her career as a crime reporter for The Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama. Since then, she has covered health care, immigration, politics, arts and culture. Ashley earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism from Auburn University while writing for The Birmingham News and The Gadsden Times. Several years later, she earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was an instructor in the UC Berkeley Film and Media Department and a senior reporter and producer for Richmond Confidential, a hyperlocal news site in the Bay Area. Ashley has also worked for The Associated Press Bureau in Atlanta and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Prior to joining Ed Source, Ashley was the Storytelling Editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs.
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Preschool Counts, a program piloted by Stanford University in 2013, is boosting early math skills by pairing undergraduate students with preschoolers to practice math through games and other activities.
November 19, 2018
To help preschoolers who are learning to speak in more than one language, one California school district is focusing on parent engagement through in-person interviews that are boosting parent participation in class activities.
October 30, 2018
New state funds, available through The Bilingual Teacher Professional Development grants, are helping more school districts and county offices of education to increase the number of bilingual teachers in the state.
October 2, 2018
Unlike California’s K-12 public school system, not all programs that serve infants and toddlers have formal systems in place to engage parents
August 28, 2018
Local libraries help parents to learn early literacy skills through storytime. Children's librarians say storytime is one of the best ways to cultivate a young child's interest in books and encourage lifelong reading.
August 9, 2018
There is $100 million in new state funds to help districts build and renovate classrooms to expand full-day kindergarten. The funds are available to all districts but priority will be given to districts that are struggling financially.
August 1, 2018
A national study on the early childhood education workforce found that many child care workers are struggling to support their families on low wages and that policies and resources fail to address the economic well-being of those who teach infants and toddlers.
July 5, 2018
The budget will fund the creation of 13,407 new child care slots for low-income families.
June 14, 2018
A national survey reveals that many teachers support a unified preschool and K-3 system and also believe higher wages and professional preparation are key to keeping teachers in the classroom.
June 12, 2018
In a national report that measures access, quality and investment in public preschool programs, California ranks high for the number of 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds enrolled in programs, but low on quality standards.
May 15, 2018
Researchers focused on classrooms where more than five languages are spoken.
May 2, 2018
An Education Trust–West report highlights successful strategies some California districts implemented to improve English learners' performance in math.
April 16, 2018
This school year the Lindsay Unified School District, in a small farming community in Tulare County, implemented universal preschool, meaning every child from birth to 4 years old, regardless of family income, can attend a program in the district for free.
April 4, 2018
The federal budget includes $1.21 billion for programs to help children in high-poverty areas with reading, math and science homework after school.
March 29, 2018
With increased focus on students' social and emotional skills, teachers turn to class pets to help lead the way
In some schools, class pets do more than help children learn about animals. They are also being integrated into teachers' efforts to help young students learn social and emotional skills, such as self-awareness, responsibility and empathy.
March 22, 2018
Single state agency needed to coordinate California's 'patchwork' of early childhood education programs, new report urges
Establishing one lead agency will help coordinate the state's often confusing array of child care and preschool programs, researchers say in a new report examining California's early childhood education system.
February 22, 2018
Early Head Start partners with local child care providers to serve more infants, toddlers in Los Angeles County
A federal-to-local grant program, Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships, will provide child care and family support services to 122 children in 'high needs' areas of Los Angeles County.
January 25, 2018
A new report recommends the state combine services under one agency to increase equity and reduce delays.
January 18, 2018
The proposed budget increases child care provider reimbursement rates and adds additional preschool slots.
January 10, 2018
California has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, report finds.
December 24, 2017
Early intervention helps boost reading skills for California children most at risk of falling behind
A program designed to improve young children’s reading skills is showing results in San Mateo County through a focus on preschools and summer learning.
December 19, 2017
A new state law clarifies that parents enrolled in English as a second language or GED classes can state that as a qualifying reason for state subsidized child care. Previously, some families were deemed ineligible.
November 28, 2017
Across the state, a growing number of elementary schools are hosting math nights and festivals for students and families to show that math is fun and can be practiced every day -- and not only in the classroom.
November 5, 2017
Six years ago only 52 percent of families with children 8 and under had a mobile device in the home, compared to 98 percent in 2017.
October 22, 2017
A national report examines if states are meeting the needs of dual language learners, who make up nearly one-third of children ages 8 and younger in the U.S. The 30-state analysis highlights policies that affect access and educational opportunities.
October 18, 2017
A new statewide poll shows that nearly 90 percent of California voters want the next governor to be a "champion for early education" who puts more investment into programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
September 28, 2017
A coalition of California-based agencies and advocacy groups teamed up to raise awareness about the impact of early childhood trauma and to push for change in education and health policy.
September 26, 2017
In a new report, The National Center for Education Statistics found that parents struggling to find child care cited cost as the biggest hurdle.
September 26, 2017
The State Board of Education adopted the first new language policy in 20 years — the English Learner Roadmap, an online resource for school districts that will help guide curriculum, instruction and standards for the 1.4 million English learners in the state’s public schools.
September 10, 2017
Patricia Lozano has extensive experience in early childhood policy and research, as well as dual language education.
August 30, 2017
The new law that governs language instruction in California is making way for districts to expand bilingual programs.
August 24, 2017
Transitional kindergarten was introduced after a 2010 California law changed the cutoff birth date for kindergarten entry from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1.
August 17, 2017
A summer program in Oakland aims to make sure that kindergarten students are ready to learn.
July 31, 2017
The Nurse-Family Partnership program improved parenting skills and early childhood development, a new study finds.
July 24, 2017
An advocacy group for English learners says the $5 million in new state money to train more bilingual teachers is a "first step," and warns that Proposition 58 has worsened a severe shortage of bilingual teachers.
July 11, 2017
Researchers found kindergartners who had attended transitional kindergarten are better prepared than those who had attended preschool or had not been in a formal preschool program.
June 28, 2017
California has not increased its income eligibility limit for subsidized child care since the 2007-08 fiscal year.
June 18, 2017
Through a community partnership, science specialists at the Lawrence Hall of Science are bringing free, play-based science lessons to playgroups for low-income families across the Bay Area.
June 7, 2017
Despite the prevalence of childhood trauma, few early education programs are prepared to help the more than 35 million children in the country who have experienced trauma, researchers say.
May 31, 2017
English learners who attend transitional kindergarten enter kindergarten with stronger literacy and math skills, according to a recent American Institutes for Research study.
May 18, 2017
While early education advocates say they appreciate Gov. Jerry Brown keeping last year’s promise to increase preschool funding, they lamented that the May budget revision didn’t include additional money and changes that would allow more low-income families to qualify for subsidized child care.
May 16, 2017
The “transitional kindergarten” program is for 4-year-olds who turn 5 after Sept. 1, the cutoff date for enrolling in regular kindergarten, and before Dec. 3. Some districts enroll even younger 4-year-olds.
May 9, 2017
Across California, 34 high schools and 12 districts have formed a network to promote performance-based assessments, including portfolios. These are the end product of months of intense collaboration, research, critical thinking and multiple revisions that students typically present in their senior year.
April 12, 2017
Only six of California's 25 largest school districts are taking advantage of a state law that allows them to enroll more 4-year-olds in a pre-kindergarten program known as “transitional kindergarten.”
April 9, 2017
In Napa County, where 87 percent of its preschoolers are English learners, the use of a digital literacy app in Spanish and English is helping to boost the vocabulary of its youngest students. Teachers use the app in all 24 preschools in the county to incorporate songs, books and games into classroom activities.
March 23, 2017
Los Angeles Universal Preschool, also known as LAUP, launched a new certificate program called the "Exceptional Populations Certification" for 32 college students across LA who will gain experience working with high-needs early learners such as children who may have developmental delays or emotional and behavioral needs due to trauma.
March 15, 2017
Children Now, a child care advocacy organization based in Oakland, released a new report outlining policy guidelines for state and local leaders to improve outcomes for California's infants and toddlers, particularly those born to low-income families.
March 2, 2017
The commission aims to address the lack of access and the high cost of quality child care, among other issues.
February 1, 2017
Early education advocates say a delay in new preschool slots and a freeze on child care reimbursement rates in the governor's 2017-18 budget will slow progress in supporting young children and hurt working families.
January 17, 2017
The law reverses the English-only mandate voters passed in 1998.
January 6, 2017
Due to a shortage of programs, only one in seven California children who qualify received subsidized care from state programs in 2015.
December 21, 2016
California schools seek to increase understanding of special education students with 'Inclusive Schools Week'
San Francisco and Los Angeles unified districts among those organizing activities to engage students in communication.
December 8, 2016
If the ballot measure passes, it will likely increase the demand for bilingual teachers, who are already in short supply.