Head Start is a national anti-poverty program for children from families living below the national poverty line. Much of the program is focused on providing preschool for 4-year-olds and support for their families. However, there has been a significant push in recent years to expand Head Start services to children under age 4 and their families. These services, which range from home visits to infant and toddler care, are known as Early Head Start.
Rising costs, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and demand that exceeds supply have frayed an already fragile child care sector.
Early childhood educators should support and celebrate the cultures, languages and circumstances of the children in their care.
Low wages for Head Start teachers are causing classrooms to close, leaving children without services and risking our financial future.
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.
A California TK proposal would gradually open the program to all 4-year-olds amid evidence that early learning shapes the adult brain.
Expanding TK captures the spirit of the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care and aligns with Biden’s campaign for universal preschool.
Preschool students facing a learning loss because Covid-19 closed their nursery school and child care programs are getting help from parents and teachers trying to keep them learning.
Child care can change the lives of homeless children and their parents. Two counties are trying to help enroll them in free programs.
If small children aren’t accurately counted, California could potentially get less federal funding than needed for programs such as Head Start.
The trainings teach preschool teachers how to help children learn English and keep their home languages, so they can be more successful in kindergarten and beyond.
Some states have successfully expanded both access and the quality of their preschool programs. Here’s what some early learning advocates and researchers say California could learn from them.
The $1 billion program was implemented in less than two months.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduced three bills this week, one to expand spaces for public preschool for low-income 4-year-olds, one to improve preschool facilities and one to increase reimbursement for preschool programs.
Report finds that even infants can learn abstract scientific concepts, and starting early can help them with science later on.
A federal-to-local grant program, Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships, will provide child care and family support services to 122 children in 'high needs' areas of Los Angeles County.