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ERIC Number: ED544646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
On the Cusp in California: How PreK-3rd Strategies Could Improve Education in the Golden State
Jacobson, Linda
New America Foundation
This report on the state's early education system offers a dark assessment, but not a fatalistic one, especially if leaders can seize and build on reform efforts that have already started in patches throughout the state. There's much more that policymakers, advocates and the state can--and should--be doing to work toward a day when all California children have access to seamless early learning experiences that enable them to achieve proficiency by the end of third grade. California is on the cusp, poised to make real improvements. Key state officials along with early childhood advocates and school reformers, need to exert leadership to raise the profile of and create a sense of urgency around PreK-3rd reform as a strategy to close achievement gaps and boost academic performance. This report seeks to help policymakers and advocates in California focus more on PreK-3rd--the promise of the reforms, the hurdles, and the steps the state can take to overcome them. High-quality preschool is a critical component of any PreK-3rd system, and this report begins by surveying the state's current programs, examining their quality, and determining how many children are being served by them. It also looks at efforts over the past two decades to offer slots to more children and improve preschool quality, efforts that have led to both disappointments and signs of progress. The latter half of this report goes beyond discussions of preschool to address the need for broader PreK-3rd reforms in California. Lastly, this report recommends 13 steps California policymakers should take to improve early childhood quality and access and move toward a more seamless PreK-3rd early learning system in the state. (Contains 3 tables and 85 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Primary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation; Strategic Knowledge Fund
Authoring Institution: New America Foundation
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Proposition 10 (California 1998)