Early learning advocates, community organizations, and school leaders are faced with an exciting opportunity. As California school districts transition to the state’s new K-12 funding model, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), they can make the case to expand the ELD programs and services we know benefit kids from grade school through adulthood.

Under LCFF, education stakeholders, in partnership with their communities, now have more flexibility and planning opportunities than ever before. This means ELD supporters can work in collaboration with districts to provide more high-quality learning opportunities for our youngest children in communities throughout California.

To guide you in this engagement and collaboration process, Children Now has created a primer that explains the key information on this new finance formula and where ELD fits in.  The primer is broken down into the easy-to-follow sections below, which include several stand-alone documents that can be used and shared at your next community meeting or other outreach opportunity.  Over time, these materials will be supplemented with subsequent resource documents based on the needs of the field. If you haven’t already, please join The Children’s Movement of California to ensure you receive these new materials as they’re released.

SEND A LETTER TO YOUR DISTRICT

Take action by downloading and sending a customized letter to your school district on the importance of early learning.
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HOW TO STRENGTHEN ELD IN YOUR COMMUNITY THROUGH LCFF

As an ELD advocate, you can quickly learn in this one-pager how to work with your school district to encourage investments in local Early Learning and Development services through California’s new education finance law, LCFF.
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UNDERSTANDING THE LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA

This two-page fact sheet guides you through the ins and outs of LCFF in an easy to read format. Learn about the main requirements of the state’s new education funding model and the accountability plans all school districts will adopt as part of the LCFF implementation process.
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MAKING THE CASE FOR ELD INVESTMENTS

To make a stronger case to expand ELD services, this two-page document profiles key findings that prove early learning has impacts on student achievement and development, particularly for disadvantaged children.
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EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH

Research shows that Early Learning and Development opportunities can have substantial impacts on children that last through adulthood. Read more about some of the leading national, state, and local studies that prove the effectiveness of ELD, profiled here.
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DISTRICT BUDGET & PLANNING TIMELINE

Understand the key timeframes in your local school district’s budget and planning calendar that align with LCFF implementation in this document, which helps ELD advocates know when and how to get involved in the planning process. 
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RESOURCES

Local Control Funding Formula website VISIT

See the Local Control Funding Formula for Early Learning Webinar WATCH

NEWS & ARTICLES

Home Visiting Lauded at State Capitol, The Washington Post  READ

Why Preschool Critics Are Wrong, First 5 LA  READ

Quality Infant and Toddler Care Would Eliminate Achievement Gap, Minnesota Post  READ

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

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