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.
Early childhood advocates applaud any increase in access to early education, which many see as critical to closing achievement gaps.
Many districts are seeing surges in Fs and Ds during distance learning, prompting a revision of expectations and policies around grades.
Among other measures, $25 billion is intended to stabilize the child care industry.
While many students have likely suffered learning loss during the global health crisis, it may have a greater impact on incoming first-graders.
A state-funded program is designing strategies for families to keep kids learning at home even when in-person preschool is canceled.
Leaders representing all segments of California's education system share their reactions to the governor’s budget proposals.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s early education and K-12 budget proposals.
The budget would provide billions for K-12 schools and early education after paying off most of the short-term debt owed from this year’s budget.
Harsh discipline at such an early age can have lasting consequences.
California’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care is a template for a better life, not only for our youngest children, but for women as well.
The recommendations include increasing the size of payouts and duration of leave, as well as support for small businesses.
When children have access to quality care and learning, parents also have the ability to seek more education, participate in the workforce, earn more and invest more in their children.
The plan for the first time calls for requiring preschool programs to identify and report the languages spoken by children enrolled.
Gov. Gavin Newsom made early childhood education a central focus of his administration.
The waiver process has been fraught with debate — raising issues of safety, volatility and fairness.