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More Preschool Slots Now Available For Low-Income Children

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Thousands of new preschool slots are now available for low-income, four-year-olds in California who have at least one working parent. 

It’s part of this year’s state budget – and a top priority of outgoing Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Steinberg says interested parents should call their school districts for sign-up information.

"Even though there won’t be enough slots, necessarily, in year one for all low-income four-year-olds, we are adding 11,500 slots this year – and that’s a big step forward," says Steinberg.

Even though the budget took effect in July, it’s taken three months for the state to award $67 million for preschool slots through a competitive grant process.

Seven thousand five hundred slots are available now. The other 4,000 will open up later this fiscal year.

 

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio