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.
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.
Alameda County may choose to wait to begin collecting the new sales tax until legal challenges involving other initiatives are resolved.
Alameda County, Sacramento and Emeryville all have measures on the ballot that would either generate or set aside funds for child care.
Family coding events have spurred some districts to increase computer science offerings during the school day.
Early education is enhanced by school communities that affirm and support the languages and cultures students bring to the classroom.
Leaders representing all segments of California's education system share their reactions to the governor’s budget proposals.
Newsom proposes to fund another 10,000 preschool slots, and pledges to support another 10,000 next year, which he says will result in "universal preschool" for all low income 4 year olds.
By 2021, 20,000 more low-income 4-year-olds could enroll in preschool.
The early childhood workforce is one area where some experts believe Newsom and the Legislature have fallen short.
It could soon get harder to find out how many preschoolers were suspended more than once or how many young children had access to preschool.