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.
Maintaining a high quality of care is the bottom line, experts say. Simply expanding access to child care or lowering its costs is not enough to give children the head start they need.
Examining implicit bias, experts say, may be the key to making early education more equitable.
Child care workers want to be recognized as early educators, they say, and not just babysitters.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s 2023-24 January budget proposal for early education.
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.
Incremental changes could go a long way toward addressing the teacher shortage and provide more families with access to child care.
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.