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Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduced three bills this week, one to expand spaces for public preschool for low-income 4-year-olds, one to improve preschool facilities and one to increase reimbursement for preschool programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.