Early elementary education focuses on students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Experts say this group deserves special consideration as they develop the skills in reading, writing and math that they’ll need to succeed in middle and high school.
This is much work still to be done to ensure the pre-K entitlement will narrow, rather than reinforce, gaps in children’s early learning.
An early literacy program launched as a pilot with 2,500 students has proved successful enough to expand to 14,000 students in coming months.
Some school districts were forced to pause their expansion plans for new dual language immersion programs due to the pandemic.
L.A. Unified will launch a college savings account program, Opportunity L.A, on Friday for over 13,000 first grade students. All remaining first graders will have their own savings account by the end of 2021.
Universal high-quality preschool for three- and four-year-olds is a proven way to reduce the opportunity gap, lift families out of poverty, and stimulate the local economy.
Los Angeles Unified, the state's largest district, reopened for in-person learning amid ongoing lawsuits from parents pushing for a full reopening.
After being apart from each other for so long, children may need to be retrained on how to socialize before they can be ready to learn.
Without kindergarten to help build critical skills in reading and math, some students may fall behind.
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.
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.
The waiver process has been fraught with debate — raising issues of safety, volatility and fairness.
With most instruction now remote and with less class time, students don’t spend as much time exposed to their new language.
Schools in Los Angeles have begun in-person instruction with their youngest learners, under the county’s reopening allowance for students with special needs.