Ashley Hopkinson reported on early education for EdSource until December 2018. 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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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.