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.
Play is such a powerful force, some research suggests, that it can be used as a tool to close achievement gaps and improve mental health.
In kindergarten, some children already have a sense of what math means and how it functions while others lack a basic understanding of numbers.
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.
High-tech literacy projects emerged out of the pandemic as a way to ensure young students stay on track as they learn to read.
Universal transitional kindergarten will essentially become California’s version of a universal preschool program, available to all 4-year-olds regardless of income.
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.
The EdSource roundtable included policymakers, researchers, advocates and a transitional kindergarten teacher, who discussed the expansion of TK.
If these sweeping proposals are enacted, they would overhaul the nation’s child care system to make it more accessible and affordable.
While other students already know the words they are sounding out, English learners may be learning to sound out words they don’t understand.
State officials eye legislation aimed at addressing the longstanding issue of struggling early readers.
New research says less stimulation, stress on parents during Covid pandemic may factor into average 22-point IQ drop among babies.
Parent advocates: Early-education programs such as transitional kindergarten can shrink the California achievement gap.
Experts share insights on how parents and teachers can help kids — especially those who may be behind — learn to read as they go back to school.
Kindergarten students nationwide and in California became the biggest group to opt out of remote-only schooling during the pandemic.
A new state law addresses the reality this fall for many families: Their child missed kindergarten because of the pandemic. Should they move on to first grade?
Parents are entitled to information on the pros and cons.