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 caused financial strife for early learning programs trying to meet health and safety guidelines and keep staff and children safe. But the public health crisis has also illuminated the essential nature of the early learning and care field and reinvigorated hopes to expand preschool access to more children.
Attendance in kindergarten should not be optional, and voluntary participation results in too many parents delaying their child’s entrance into school until first grade.
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.
After decades of underfunding its public schools, California's investments in equity and literacy are showing progress.
Scientists, teachers, and parents battle over the best way to teach reading amid a literacy crisis.
This year even more than usual, teachers say, parents might want to help their children prepare for TK.
California's school year will begin with fewer Covid protocols, universal transitional kindergarten, more afterschool programs and community schools, and later start times for older students.
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.
LAUSD and other school districts nationwide are still trying to figure out the whereabouts of children who did not return to school after the pandemic.
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.
The $128 billion total for schools and community colleges gives a big boost for the funding formula and after-school programs, with a promise for an expansion of Cal Grants for college assistance.
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.
State commission hopes new credential will help attract thousands of teachers for transitional kindergarten; literacy advocates press for strong literacy standards.
Low wages for Head Start teachers are causing classrooms to close, leaving children without services and risking our financial future.
Children from low-income families often start school with fewer academic skills than their more affluent peers, experts say, an issue exacerbated by the pandemic.