to expand Early Learning and Development through LCFF
The research and experiences of other states and countries tell us the achievement gap, reading by third grade, the drop-out rate, workforce development, the cycle of poverty and economic growth —  all these issues would be significantly improved by expanding California’s early childhood development programs. What’s more, these programs more than pay for themselves.

We also know from California’s history of public policymaking on early learning and development that convincing research and compelling stories won’t be enough to move policymaking forward. It’s also going to take well-organized public pressure.

So let’s all start making the push together for the sensible public policy changes needed in the following areas of early learning and development:

HOME VISITING

Voluntary home visiting programs match new and expectant parents with trained professionals who provide ongoing support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first years of life.
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INFANT AND TODDLER CARE

High-quality infant and toddler care provided by parents, families and well-trained caregivers delivers the social-emotional, early learning and literacy development support all young children need.
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DEVELOPMENTAL & BEHAVIORAL SCREENING

Developmental and behavioral screenings for infants and toddlers are recommended to identify issues early on. Screenings enable better coordinated and more effective early intervention services for the young children and families that need them.
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PRESCHOOL

High-quality preschool programs rely on well-trained teachers to deliver positive teacher-child interactions, implement effective curriculum and meaningfully engage parents.
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TRANSITION TO KINDERGARTEN

Transitional kindergarten programs and kindergarten readiness assessments are critical to linking the early learning and K-12 systems.
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SIGN ON
to the Public Support Statement for Expanded Early Learning and Development Programs

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See the Local Control Funding Formula for Early Learning Webinar

RESEARCH & REPORTS

Bay Area Council Report on Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Programs GO

Law Enforcement Urges Investing in Early Childhood Programs GO

Stanford Research Confirms Language Gap in First 2 Years GO

NEWS & ARTICLES

Early Childhood Programs Important for Addressing Poverty, New York Times  READ

San Francisco Touts Gains From Pre-K Program, Education Week  READ

Home Visiting Makes a Difference, Washington Post  READ