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.
Returning to community college was no easy feat as a single mother and first-generation, low-income college student.
Without kindergarten to help build critical skills in reading and math, some students may fall behind.
Under the deal, $2 billion in incentives would require opening up all elementary grades and partially middle and high schools in the “red tier.”
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.
Many districts are seeing surges in Fs and Ds during distance learning, prompting a revision of expectations and policies around grades.
Among other measures, $25 billion is intended to stabilize the child care industry.
While many students have likely suffered learning loss during the global health crisis, it may have a greater impact on incoming first-graders.
A state-funded program is designing strategies for families to keep kids learning at home even when in-person preschool is canceled.
Leaders representing all segments of California's education system share their reactions to the governor’s budget proposals.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s early education and K-12 budget proposals.
The budget would provide billions for K-12 schools and early education after paying off most of the short-term debt owed from this year’s budget.
Harsh discipline at such an early age can have lasting consequences.
California’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care is a template for a better life, not only for our youngest children, but for women as well.