CALIFORNIA NEEDS UNIVERSAL PREschool NOW

Working Families Need True Access to Universal Preschool

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Our Mission

Every California family deserves access to quality early care and education and it's our mission to build a more robust preschool system that's inclusive of children, families, and child care providers.

Early education has a lasting impact on a child's life and is directly tied to positive outcomes. But early education has only been available to some California families, as many programs are financially or logistically out of reach. We are calling for a system that provides flexibility, ensures accessible care and learning options for families, and uplifts the community of childcare providers -- primarily women of color -- providing these essential services.

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Why Universal Preschool

Senate Bill 976 builds out the rest of California's Universal Preschool program. It adds flexibility by allowing families to choose from schools, existing family child care, center-based care, and Head Start Programs.

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Families Are Unique

Each family has a unique set of child care needs that support their work schedule, culture, and child's developmental needs. Read their stories.

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Child Care Providers are Essential

Child care providers dedicate their lives to caring for and educating children through meaningful relationships with young learners and their families.

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Facts and Figures

Data supports the need for a flexible Universal Preschool program. California can't afford to exclude child care providers.

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We're unlocking early learning opportunities as diverse as California families.

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Updates

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Blog posts are written by our coalition and partners.

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Update

SB 976 Introduced

Senator Connie Leyva introduced a bill that would add flexibility by allowing parents to opt for school-based preschool or the child care provider of their choice.

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Human Services Committee Vote

A hearing is set for April 19th in the Senate Human Services Committee.

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Support for SB 976

At a hearing in the Senate Education Committee earlier this month, their was no opposition on SB 976.

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