We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

Budget Fight Over Early Childhood Education Shaping Up in California

Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
 

Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

Busloads of education advocates arrived at the state Capitol Thursday with a message. They want more spending on early childhood education. Advocates say when basic socialization is addressed earlier, children can focus more on learning as they get older.

“There’s no fear,” says Zandra Hawes a childcare provider from Long Beach. “They don’t feel jittery and afraid to learn because you’ve been teaching them how to socialize already. They know how to make friends and they already understand their alphabet and their numbers”

In his last two State of the Union addresses, President Obama advocated for “pre-k” education.

Legislative Democratic leaders are pushing for universal early education for four-year-olds. But, the Brown administration says “pre-k” is not included in the Governor’s budget proposal.

 

Related Stories

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

    Sacramento Lawmaker Introduces 'Pre-K For All' Bill Package

    December 4, 2018

    Assemblymember Kevin McCarty introduced three pieces of legislation on Tuesday aiming to provide free preschool to 100,000 more children from low and middle-income households. Similar programs exist in other states — but could it work in California?

Sign up for ReCap

and never miss the top stories

Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

Check out a sample ReCap newsletter.