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.
Our economy cannot successfully reopen if we do not support the health and safety of child care providers in the coming months.
Some preschool and child care providers are finding creative ways to reduce health risks, while also meeting children’s developmental needs.
Child care programs are reopening in California with significant changes to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. This interactive infographic shows some of the changes detailed in new health and safety guidelines.
The budget still slashes investments to expand subsidized preschool, build more child care centers and train more early childhood teachers.
Newsom is proposing to eliminate new preschool slots and cut payments to subsidized child care providers by 10%, among other cuts.
Survey finds many providers cannot afford to stay closed much longer; when they do fully reopen, they'll face added expenses and social distancing restrictions.
The first 10,000 preschool slots are on hold until July, and it’s unclear if there will be enough money for the next 20,000 preschool slots.
Essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis depend on child care centers to keep their children safe.
Early education is enhanced by school communities that affirm and support the languages and cultures students bring to the classroom.
By 2021, 20,000 more low-income 4-year-olds could enroll in preschool.
The early childhood workforce is one area where some experts believe Newsom and the Legislature have fallen short.
It could soon get harder to find out how many preschoolers were suspended more than once or how many young children had access to preschool.
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.