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.