Topic

Early Learning

Quality early care and education is critical to prepare all California children for school, but a large percentage of children 0-4 do not attend licensed early childhood education programs, largely because of a lack of space. The state has begun restoring preschool and child care slots eliminated during the recession, and investing more in full-day programs. Early childhood advocates, parents, and providers are eagerly awaiting what reforms may occur under Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who has said he is committed to expanding early childhood education.