In 2012, California introduced transitional kindergarten, a new grade for older 4-year-olds. The state has begun restoring preschool and child care slots eliminated during the recession, and investing more in full-day programs. California has not adopted universal preschool for 4-year-olds as urged by President Barack Obama and implemented in some states, but is making progress to reaching that goal promoted by many advocates. There is a growing emphasis on the 0-3 years, as well as on developing systems on how to measure the quality of early education programs.
Early education advocates say a delay in new preschool slots and a freeze on child care reimbursement rates in the governor's 2017-18 budget will slow progress in supporting young children and hurt working families.
Due to a shortage of programs, only one in seven California children who qualify received subsidized care from state programs in 2015.
University of Chicago and University of Southern California study found 13 percent return on investment in high-quality early education programs for children from birth to age 5.
High-income families are likely to benefit the most through tax deductions.
Too many California preschool students are suspended, says a group of educators and policymakers.
The federal government urges the use of the Every Student Succeeds Act to support early education.
California must change childcare and after-school eligibility rules or face penalties.
The study focused on teachers' reactions and expectations regarding behavior.
Superintendent emphasizes the importance of health.
Researchers find achievement gap at kindergarten is narrowing
New rules for Head Start most significant changes to federal program since 1975
Legislators can't agree on how much the proposed law would cost.
Families would be guaranteed eligibility for 12 months instead of having to reapply two or more times a year.
One county's experience is a window into how childcare and preschool centers are rated.
Tips for parents about the state's quality ratings system for childcare centers and preschools