Child care has emerged as a key issue in the national discourse. The essential sector has long been in crisis. Families often can’t find or afford the childcare they need, child care workers often face poverty wages and young children, at a formative stage in brain development, often lack the resources and support necessary to spark their intellectual growth.
Studies show that low-quality care for children under 5 is detrimental to learning outcomes for years following that experience.
Rising costs, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and demand that exceeds supply have frayed an already fragile child care sector.
A statewide pilot project in California is aimed at boosting the confidence of early childhood educators, child care providers and elementary school teachers to teach math.
California must expand and support access to child care options even as transitional kindergarten rolls out.
Polls show that Californians have the will to invest in child care and teachers’ wages. Do the governor and lawmakers?
Hunger has emerged as a key issue. within the child care workforce. Of the roughly 1 million child care workers in the country, research shows, 1 in 3 experienced food insecurity.
Universal transitional kindergarten will essentially become California’s version of a universal preschool program, available to all 4-year-olds regardless of income.
The key to increasing access to quality child care is professionalizing the field by providing child care staff a livable wage and professional development grounded in emotional competence.
A "mixed delivery" system, in which state-funded early learning programs can be in any school, would better serve the needs of families.
In the wake of the pandemic, child care providers have emerged as the backbone of the state’s economic recovery.
Expanding TK captures the spirit of the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care and aligns with Biden’s campaign for universal preschool.
This roughly $1.8 trillion package sets aside big money for key early childhood initiatives as part of its vast cradle-to-college agenda.
The proposed legislation to champion childhood comes at a time when the pandemic has widened the gap between the rich and the poor.
Universal high-quality preschool for three- and four-year-olds is a proven way to reduce the opportunity gap, lift families out of poverty, and stimulate the local economy.
Child care is far more than just babysitting, advocates say, it’s building the architecture of the brain at a pivotal stage in construction.