Quality early care and education are critical to prepare California children for school and their lives in general. But a large percentage of children do not have access to high quality early childhood education programs. The coronavirus pandemic has eliminated most hope of expanding preschool to more low-income 4-year-olds in the near future and has caused financial strife for early learning programs trying to meet health and safety guidelines and keep staff and children safe.
Many providers are missing rent payments and racking up credit card debt, in addition to worrying they will be infected with the coronavirus.
In addition to advocating for higher pay per subsidized child, providers say they will call for more training and more access to subsidies.
Close to a fifth of the cases were among children, about a third were among staff and another third were among parents.
Our economy cannot successfully reopen if we do not support the health and safety of child care providers in the coming months.
Legislators spared K-12 schools and community colleges cuts, but will force them to borrow billions and rely on more stimulus aid from Congress.
Some preschool and child care providers are finding creative ways to reduce health risks, while also meeting children’s developmental needs.
Child care programs are reopening in California with significant changes to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. This interactive infographic shows some of the changes detailed in new health and safety guidelines.
The budget still slashes investments to expand subsidized preschool, build more child care centers and train more early childhood teachers.
To learn English, children need a lot of practice speaking aloud and interacting with others, which was difficult when school campuses closed.
I have a confession to make. Distance learning is not working well in my house. My 5th-grader is not finishing all of her assignments.
Newsom is proposing to eliminate new preschool slots and cut payments to subsidized child care providers by 10%, among other cuts.
Survey finds many providers cannot afford to stay closed much longer; when they do fully reopen, they'll face added expenses and social distancing restrictions.
The first 10,000 preschool slots are on hold until July, and it’s unclear if there will be enough money for the next 20,000 preschool slots.
Creating one online site where families all over the state can search for open child care programs has been a state goal for years.
Home visitors are making video calls and parking outside homes to provide mobile hotspots to keep connecting with the families they serve.