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New Report Finds State Policies Shortchange Early Educators, Undermining Quality of Early Learning for California’s Young Children | 07.07.2016

In California, early childhood workforce policies shortchange the more than 107,000 members of the early childhood teaching workforce, and subsequently hinder positive school and life outcomes for the state’s 3 million children birth through age 5, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSSCE) at the University of California, Berkeley more

Governor Brown Signs California Budget Including Significant Investments in Early Education and Care | 06.27.2016

Governor Brown signed the Budget Act of 2016 which includes significant investments to stabilize California’s early education and care system and to expand preschool access for young children and their families. more

New Research Shows Benefits and Opportunity in California’s Transitional Kindergarten | 06.22.2016

Research Brief Examines Transitional Kindergarten in Final Rollout Year more

Lawmakers Approve Budget Deal That Sustains Early Childhood Education and Care Programs for California’s Young Children | 06.15.2016

Today the California State Legislature voted to approve the 2016-17 state budget, reflecting the compromise reached last week between Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leadership, which includes a significant multiyear investment to raise reimbursement rates for early childhood providers and to increase access to preschool for more young children in California. more

California Budget Agreement Makes Early Childhood Education and Care Services More Accessible and Affordable | 06.09.2016

The Budget Conference Committee approved a budget deal struck by Governor Brown and legislative leaders which includes a multiyear investment to increase access to preschool and raise reimbursement rates to providers to maintain services for young children. more

Early Edge California Responds to Governor Brown’s May Revision Budget Plan to Eliminate Transitional Kindergarten | 05.13.2016

Proposed Changes to Early Education Programs Would Eliminate Effective Early Education Options for Children more

350 Educators Attend Sold-Out Conference Dedicated to Supporting Transitional Kindergarten across California | 05.04.2016

Teachers and administrators show strong commitment to TK as Legislature considers Governor Brown’s proposal to eliminate TK guarantee more

Assembly Education Committee Passes Quality Early Education and Development Act with Bipartisan Support | 04.20.2016

Today in a unanimous bipartisan vote, the California State Assembly Committee on Education passed AB 2660 (McCarty). more

Potential Shown in California’s Investment to Improve Quality of Preschool | 04.18.2016

A new report by The Opportunity Institute shows that the State Preschool Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Block Grant has significant potential to drive improvement and support quality in early learning programs for California children. more

High-Profile California Leaders Call for Early Childhood Plan for Young Children | 04.13.2016

Today a team of prominent California policy, community, and business leaders called on the public and private sectors to ensure that children birth to age 5 have a streamlined system of high-quality early education and care, supportive families, and preventative health. more

More than 33,000 of California’s 4 Year Olds Do Not Have Access to Preschool | 03.28.2016

More than 33,000 California 4 year olds from low-income families are not enrolled in any of the publicly-funded school readiness program for which they are eligible, according to new policy brief Unmet Need for Preschool Services in California: Statewide and Local Analysis by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). more

Education Experts Discuss New Research Briefs on Quality Early Childhood Education | 02.29.2016

Researchers, early childhood education experts and practitioners, and early childhood education program implementers convened today to discuss new research briefs on providing high-quality early childhood education experiences for children birth to 5. more

President Obama Directs Nation's Attention to Pre-K for All in His Last State of the Union | 01.12.2016

Tonight in his final State of the Union address, and for the fourth consecutive year, President Barack Obama declared providing preschool for all a top priority that will open opportunity in the nation's economy more

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty Receives Early Learning Champion Award | 12.15.2015

Early Edge California today presented Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) with the 2015 Early Learning Champion Award for championing early childhood education budget investments and policies. The event commenced with a preschool tour at the Washington Unified School District (WUSD) Early Childhood Education Program at Stonegate Elementary School, followed by an onsite community celebration with West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, preschoolers, educators, administrators, and early childhood advocates. more

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