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.
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.