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Fuller, Bruce; Livas, Alejandra; Bridges, Margaret – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2006
The new call for a universal preschool system is prompting an important policy debate across California. How preschooling is expanded and improved with limited public resources depends on several key issues. The hopeful ideals of "preschool for all"--with children beginning school ready to learn--spark enthusiasm and broaden public will.…
Descriptors: Non English Speaking, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, School Readiness
Johnson, Laura Ruth; Pai, Seeta A.; Bridges, Margaret – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2004
Nationwide, public attention has increasingly focused on the need for a variety of early care and education arrangements to meet the changing needs of families. The demand for early care and education has grown for families from all socioeconomic sectors, intensifying as participants in welfare-to-work programs enter the workforce, and as work…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Labor Force Development, Child Care, Child Development
Bridges, Margaret; Fuller, Bruce; Rumberger, Russell; Tran, Loan – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2004
Parents and policymakers are turning to preschools to better advance the school readiness and broader development of young children. Much remains unknown, including how preschool programs of varying quality affect diverse groups of children. This is particularly important as several California counties embark on ambitious and costly efforts to…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Access to Education, Child Development Centers, School Readiness