ERIC Number: ED498307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Promise of Preschool: Local California Efforts Show the Potential of a Statewide Preschool System
Tens of thousands of California's 4-year-olds are not enrolled in preschool, ranking California 37th in the nation in preschool enrollment. Pioneering communities throughout the state are working to meet the demand for preschool in their neighborhoods. The achievements of these innovative local efforts indicate the future success of a statewide quality preschool system. Without a statewide system in place, families face numerous barriers to enrolling their children in preschool. Quality preschool gives children a head start by fostering reading skills, helping close the achievement gap and reducing the need for remedial education. This report profiles ten innovative, local preschool efforts. These efforts serve as models for developing a much-needed statewide system. Furthermore, they demonstrate the demand for more high-quality preschool opportunities throughout the state. The preschools profiled show how they are: (1) ensuring parents have a variety of options (Los Angeles Universal Preschool); (2) providing a full-day option for working families (Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries Family & Community Partners Preschool); (3) expanding access to more families (Moorpark/Simi Valley Neighborhood for Learning Preschool/Infant Scholarship Program); (4) increasing the quality of the preschool workforce (Preschool for All San Mateo County); (5) fostering development of the whole child (Kidango); (6) encouraging parent involvement (Merced City School District); (7) supporting children with special needs (San Francisco Preschool for All); (8) helping children who are learning English (Roosevelt Child Development Center); (9) ensuring a smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten (Elk Grove Unified School District); and (10) improving the quality of the classroom environment (Portola Family Connections). (Contains 30 endnotes and a list of sources.)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Special Needs Students, Classroom Environment, Urban Schools, Scholarships, School Districts, Reading Skills, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Enrollment, Educational Quality, Outcomes of Education, Child Care, Reggio Emilia Approach, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Children Now, Oakland, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California