Child care is far more than just babysitting, advocates say, it’s building the architecture of the brain at a pivotal stage in construction.
California, with almost 3 million children under age 5, stands to receive about $3.8 billion in federal relief.
Returning to community college was no easy feat as a single mother and first-generation, low-income college student.
More than a third of parents surveyed said they have skipped meals or had to cut back on food for the children as a result of the pandemic.
Preschool teachers and child care workers earn 38% less than their colleagues in the K-8 system, the report says.
Early childhood advocates applaud any increase in access to early education, which many see as critical to closing achievement gaps.
Among other measures, $25 billion is intended to stabilize the child care industry.
A state-funded program is designing strategies for families to keep kids learning at home even when in-person preschool is canceled.
Harsh discipline at such an early age can have lasting consequences.
California’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care is a template for a better life, not only for our youngest children, but for women as well.
When children have access to quality care and learning, parents also have the ability to seek more education, participate in the workforce, earn more and invest more in their children.
The plan for the first time calls for requiring preschool programs to identify and report the languages spoken by children enrolled.
Gov. Gavin Newsom made early childhood education a central focus of his administration.
With Senate likely to remain in GOP hands, it is not clear how much of his detailed pro-teacher agenda, with a heavy emphasis on community colleges and affordability, could be implemented.