California Department of Education
Report to the Governor, Legislature, and Legislative Analyst’s Office:
The following report is required by the Supplemental Report of the 2013–14 Budget Package:
California Department of Education (CDE) Preschool Report.
By April 1, 2014, the CDE shall report to the fiscal committees of the Legislature regarding key decisions and actions that would be necessary for the state to expand subsidized preschool services for children in the year before kindergarten. This report shall incorporate information and stakeholder input from the California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan. The report shall also include an update on the current status of any federal proposals and funding for preschool expansion.
This report provides an overview of the current federal proposals and funding for preschool expansion.The report also explores Senate Bill 837 (Steinberg), the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014, and the key decisions and actions that would be necessary for the state to expand subsidized preschool services for children in the year before kindergarten through two models:
- Expand the current system of the California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contracts to provide part-day CSPP for all four-year-olds (See Appendix 1).
- Create a new, voluntary grade level for four-year-old children. This new grade level will promote alignment between existing subsidized preschool program and the K-12 system. The new grade level may be provided by either:
- Local education agencies (LEAs) (including charter schools),
- A high-quality early childhood education program, or
- A consortium of both in order to become eligible for federal grant funding.
This report includes information throughout related to the recommendations included in the California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (2013). You can find more information related to the plan on the California Department of Education State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ce/index.asp.
Approximately 488,5431 four-year-olds reside in California. Of California’s four-year-olds 48 percent2 are at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. State-subsidized preschool programs serve 181,0523 children a year, 35 percent of the population of four-year-olds.
If you need a copy of this report, please contact Debra McMannis, Director, Early Education and Support Division, by phone at 916-323-1326 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1Source: The California Department of Finance
projects 488,543 four-year-olds will reside in California in 2014.
2 The National Center for Children in Poverty at http://nccp.org/profiles/state_profile.php?states=CA&id=8 , based on 2011 data, states that 47 percent of young children in California live at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
3 Source: CD-801A Monthly Child Care Reports, California State Preschool Program contract, children served in State Fiscal Year 2012–13 in part- and full-day programs