January 17, 2023
Reactions to the governor's early education budget proposals
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s 2023-24 January budget proposal for early education.
November 14, 2022
Transitional kindergarten expansion needs wraparound programs to ensure access, quality
Studies show that low-quality care for children under 5 is detrimental to learning outcomes for years following that experience.
Ryan Hazelton and Savitha Moorthy
November 7, 2022
Inflation Reduction Act left children and families behind
Rising costs, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and demand that exceeds supply have frayed an already fragile child care sector.
Ruth Fernández and Savitha Moorthy
September 6, 2022
Dozens of community colleges offer remedial classes; bill to ban them awaits Newsom’s signature
Five years after California adopted a law transforming remedial education, some colleges still have remedial classes. New legislation would make it difficult to keep them.
July 11, 2022
More teachers, outreach needed to support California's youngest English learners
California can create a national model for expanding educational opportunities for students and crafting groundbreaking policies that serve to properly identify and serve dual language students.
Patricia Lozano and Feliza Ortiz-Licon
June 28, 2022
Even incremental support for early ed teachers can help ease the child care crisis
Incremental changes could go a long way toward addressing the teacher shortage and provide more families with access to child care.
February 22, 2022
California child care workers struggle to survive
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.
November 19, 2021
Universal preschool and affordable child care: What survives in Biden’s spending bill
The $2 trillion House-passed social policy bill includes about $400 billion earmarked for universal preschool and affordable child care and an extension of the child tax credit.
October 13, 2021
What parents and teachers need to know about universal transitional kindergarten | Quick Guide
Universal transitional kindergarten will essentially become California’s version of a universal preschool program, available to all 4-year-olds regardless of income.
October 1, 2021
Want quality child care? Pay and train workers like the pros they are
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.
July 8, 2021
The ‘stars aligned’ in budget deal, but hurdles remain for early education
This is much work still to be done to ensure the pre-K entitlement will narrow, rather than reinforce, gaps in children’s early learning.
June 2, 2021
More help for struggling California child care sector
In the wake of the pandemic, child care providers have emerged as the backbone of the state’s economic recovery.
April 28, 2021
Biden's plan for families could bolster California's push for early education, care
This roughly $1.8 trillion package sets aside big money for key early childhood initiatives as part of its vast cradle-to-college agenda.
April 2, 2021
Amid pandemic, infants especially need quality child care, reformers say
Child care is far more than just babysitting, advocates say, it’s building the architecture of the brain at a pivotal stage in construction.