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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New program to help aspiring early educators focus on high-needs students
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
California policymakers must pay more attention to infants and toddlers, advocates say
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
Assembly speaker launches commission to tackle early education issues
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 raise concerns about governor's budget
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
A new era for bilingual education: explaining California's Proposition 58
The law reverses the English-only mandate voters passed in 1998.
January 6, 2017
More than a million California children missing out on state subsidized child care
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
Schools to face teacher shortage if voters end ban on bilingual education
If the ballot measure passes, it will likely increase the demand for bilingual teachers, who are already in short supply.
November 2, 2016
Prop. 58 : Initiative puts bilingual education back in spotlight
The ballot measure would eliminate the English-only requirement voters approved in 1998.