My turn: What other states can teach California about preschool for all

By Tony Thurmond and Kevin McCarty, Special to CALmatters

We have school age daughters who were fortunate to attend preschool and we’ve seen firsthand the difference it’s made.

Every child in California deserves that same opportunity, and that’s why we are advocating for pre-kindergarten education for all kids.

Our children are doing well academically. But too many families don’t have these same opportunities and children who start behind stay behind.

What California can learn from universal preschool in other states

As momentum builds in California to expand early childhood education programs, the state has the opportunity to look outside its borders and learn from other states and cities that have moved in the direction of offering universal preschool.

During his campaign, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom said he was “committed to universal preschool, equipping all of California’s children with the tools to succeed when they start kindergarten.” He also emphasized the need for expanding services to children 0-3 years old.

State, SF work to expand access to education at preschool, college levels

State legislators on Monday introduced two bills that would make education more accessible to California’s youngest and some of its oldest learners, complementing efforts already underway in San Francisco.

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago has called for the state to provide two tuition-free years of community college for first-time, full-time community students under Assembly Bill 2, and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty is looking to expand access to preschool education for low and middle-income families under Assembly Bill 123.

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Tony Thurmond Lead a Delegation of Pre-K Education Advocates on an Early Learning Legislative Tour

(SACRAMENTO, CA) –After a successful day of introducing a comprehensive Pre-K for All Legislative Package, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) along with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Tony Thurmond lead a delegation of early childhood education advocates to learn about successful East Coast Pre-K for All programs.