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

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(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.


The tour includes policy staff and early education advocates from across California and will be focused on networking, brainstorming and learning best practices from exemplary pre-school programs. The 3-day delegation will be traveling to preschool programs in Boston and New Jersey which offer targeted Pre-K for All programs, and New York City which offers a universal Pre-K for All program.


Assemblymember McCarty’s newly introduced Pre-K for All Legislative Package includes three pieces of legislation, each designed to make high-quality preschool programs universally accessible for 3 and 4-year-old children across California.


“I am excited to lead this delegation and learn about the success of established Pre-K for All programs for our youngest learners,” said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty “Preschool is a proven difference maker—breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty, addressing our education achievement gap and keeping kids out of our juvenile justice system”


The delegation includes staff and representatives from the Assembly Education Committee, Office of Asm. Eduardo Garcia, CA. Department of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, First 5 California, Early Edge California, Association of CA School Administrators, Kidango, California Teachers Association, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education.


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