Preschool is any program designed to help 3- and 4-year-old children develop social, emotional and academic skills. Research shows that high-quality preschool programs can have a long-lasting positive effect. There’s an ongoing debate about whether large public programs can achieve the quality necessary to have a similar impact.
A series of activities designed to teach math concepts inspired by children’s books is being piloted as part of a statewide early math initiative.
Parents and family child care providers are among the experts who will guide California’s efforts to expand and improve early childhood education in the state.
Advocates agree with governor's call for more planning before new early childhood funds are spent.
The classes are part of a state program to help children in foster care find and enroll in child care programs.
Child care can change the lives of homeless children and their parents. Two counties are trying to help enroll them in free programs.
Legislation could increase teacher pay at subsidized centers serving low-income children.
California's size and diversity make universal preschool or extended paid leave a feat in some ways comparable to a national effort.
Under the agreement, all 4-year-olds living in low-income neighborhoods would be eligible for state-subsidized preschool, with priority for low-income children first.
Proposals by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislators would provide financial aid and ease the permitting process.
Newsom proposes funding for subsidized childcare, disabled students and a loan program for special education, math and science teachers.
The report sets a long-term goal of preschool for all children, regardless of income, but focuses on expanding access first to children in low-income families.
Public Policy Institute asked about some of the most hotly debated issues in its annual Californians and Education statewide survey.
Researchers say the greatest need in low-income communities is for programs serving children under 5 years old, such as preschool and transitional kindergarten.
California was ranked 14th in access to preschool for 4-year-olds, behind Oklahoma, Vermont, Florida, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia and South Carolina, among other states.
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.