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Valentino, Rachel; Stipek, Deborah J. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
Empirical evidence that horizontal alignment of policies and practices from preschool through the early elementary grades sustains the effects of quality preschool and contributes to children's learning is scarce, as discussed above, but there are nevertheless good reasons to expect benefits to such alignment. Moreover, many districts and schools…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Preschool Education, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
"PreK-3 Alignment in California's Education System: Obstacles and Opportunities" by Rachel Valentino and Deborah J. Stipek reviews the opportunities and challenges that must be addressed to better align PreK-3 education in California. The report describes policies and practices that districts have implemented to strengthen alignment, and…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Preschool Education, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education
Fuller, Bruce; Wright, Joseph – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
Gaps in early learning are starkly apparent among differing children even before they enter kindergarten. So, a rising number of states are trying to narrow initial achievement disparities by expanding access to quality preschool. At the same time, recent findings show that preschool is not a lasting inoculation: its benefits fade if children move…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, State Courts, Finance Reform, Equal Education
Fuller, Bruce; Gesicki, Kathryn; Sweo, Thea; Jung, Sunyoung – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
California continues to widen access to local child care and preschool programs--albeit in fits and starts--for a variety of families. About 65% of all four year-olds statewide now attend a preschool center. Government spends $3.6 billion on early care and education programs statewide, including a three-fold increase in state spending since 1996.…
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Community Organizations, Child Care, Child Development
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