New bill would significantly expand state preschool in California

Another bill proposing to significantly expand state-funded preschool has been introduced in California.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, is the author of AB 47, which would expand the state’s full-day preschool program for low-income children so that all eligible children are granted a spot. Currently, the program enrolls about 140,000 3- and 4-year-old students from families who make 70 percent of the California median annual income ($46,896 for a family of 4) or less. The state didn’t provide enough money to offer spots to another 32,000 children who meet the qualifications.