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 state restored a large share of the preschool and child care slots eliminated during the recession, and has invested more in full-day programs. Early childhood advocates, parents, and providers are eagerly awaiting implementation of a series of reforms proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has made early education a central policy pillar of his administration. He has promised universal access to all low-income 4 year olds by the end of his first term, along with full-kindergarten. He is also promising major expansion of prenatal services, and services for children beginning at birth such as family home visits.
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.
Organizations like Head Start and the First 5 Association of California are sending census materials to homes and grocery stores.
Gov. Newsom issued an executive order that makes it easier to provide child care for the children of essential workers.
Essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis depend on child care centers to keep their children safe.
Coronavirus creates need, opportunity for teachers to focus on social-emotional support for their students.
For one measure, a question remains over whether a citizens initiative needs a two-thirds vote or a simple majority.
Child care programs increasingly face closure, putting a strain on businesses and parents watching children at home while working.
Providers are asking for funding to pay for additional assistants and substitutes, along with other expenses.
During a webinar viewed by 7,000 people, state officials encourage innovation to provide service and promise cooperation in weeks ahead.
California needs to better integrate and coordinate the myriad programs that impact children's lives, surgeon general says.