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.
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.
The failure to teach California’s three million low-income students to be effective readers is the ultimate existential threat.
Educators and advocates at an EdSource roundtable urged state leaders to expand research-based teacher training on early literacy and "take responsibility" for California's literacy crisis.
Polls show that Californians have the will to invest in child care and teachers’ wages. Do the governor and lawmakers?
Two bills in the California Legislature would fundamentally change the kindergarten experience to reflect the current heightened attention to the importance of early childhood education.
The 2022-23 school year will be the first year of several planned expansions to TK eligibility as Los Angeles Unified strives to make it accessible for all 4-year-olds.
State education leaders put their support behind Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to pay for literacy coaches and specialists at schools with low reading scores.
It will be important to continue to monitor the generation of children born during the pandemic, experts say, to provide any extra help they might need.
Science shows that trauma interrupts brain development in young children, which is why some may have developmental delays due to the pandemic.
Some California teachers and researchers say tests must be carefully designed to avoid misdiagnosing dyslexia in students who are learning English.
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.
Growing California's supply of toddler care options, particularly subsidized preschool, helps the state’s working families, experts say.
Children, who are creatures of habit, can be negatively influenced by any educational disruption, such as remote learning, experts say.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s May revision of the 2021-22 budget.
A 40-year-old initiative putting a ceiling on state spending may restrict how a budget surplus can be used; one option is capital spending on schools.