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.
Experts say making a year of pre-kindergarten available to all 4-year-olds is a watershed achievement in the early education space.
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.
In the wake of the pandemic, child care providers have emerged as the backbone of the state’s economic recovery.
This roughly $1.8 trillion package sets aside big money for key early childhood initiatives as part of its vast cradle-to-college agenda.
The report arrives just as momentum builds to expand access to both transitional kindergarten and state-funded preschool.
Preschool teachers and child care workers earn 38% less than their colleagues in the K-8 system, the report says.
A state-funded program is designing strategies for families to keep kids learning at home even when in-person preschool is canceled.
Harsh discipline at such an early age can have lasting consequences.
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.
With Senate likely to remain in GOP hands, it is not clear how much of his detailed pro-teacher agenda, with a heavy emphasis on community colleges and affordability, could be implemented.
Can outdoor schools offer lessons at a time when being indoors is so risky?
Some parents are also opting for preschool because a more familiar environment offers comfort during the pandemic.