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.
Studies show that low-quality care for children under 5 is detrimental to learning outcomes for years following that experience.
Rising costs, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and demand that exceeds supply have frayed an already fragile child care sector.
The scores may be grim, some say, but they're far from shocking. Some experts warn that cratering test scores warn of a system that was broken long before the pandemic.
Children aren't responsible for climate change, but they'll experience the worst of it unless we make sure the places they'll spend growing and learning are prepared to protect them.
Watch how one school embraces the science of reading and phonics to teach children to read.
Early childhood educators should support and celebrate the cultures, languages and circumstances of the children in their care.
California settled a lawsuit over literacy by giving 70 schools with the lowest 2019 test scores extra funding to teach children to read. Less than half of all third graders in the state scored at grade level in reading.
California won’t be making kindergarten mandatory or extending the kindergarten school day any time soon.
Attendance in kindergarten should not be optional, and voluntary participation results in too many parents delaying their child’s entrance into school until first grade.
Five years after California adopted a law transforming remedial education, some colleges still have remedial classes. New legislation would make it difficult to keep them.
After decades of underfunding its public schools, California's investments in equity and literacy are showing progress.
Scientists, teachers, and parents battle over the best way to teach reading amid a literacy crisis.
This year even more than usual, teachers say, parents might want to help their children prepare for TK.
California's school year will begin with fewer Covid protocols, universal transitional kindergarten, more afterschool programs and community schools, and later start times for older students.
A statewide pilot project in California is aimed at boosting the confidence of early childhood educators, child care providers and elementary school teachers to teach math.