Features Special Report Teaching & Learning

Little Kids, Big Impact: Early Childhood Education

Research clearly shows that children who attend high-quality preschool, or who enroll in transitional kindergarten, get a jump on learning and social skills. Kids who are dual-language learners and those who are economically disadvantaged benefit even more.

Preschool and TK can also have lasting effects into children’s later years of school and life. With almost $2 billion earmarked for early childhood education in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget, we look at ECE efforts in the state and how educators and students benefit.

A model preschool program in Lindsay
The rural school district offers free preschool to all, with marked success

Expert Q&A: Preschool’s positive impacts
A Learning Policy Institute researcher and analyst weighs in

Transitional kindergarten gets a gold star
TK gives students foundational skills and confidence

Research: TK improves student outcomes
TK especially impacts students literacy and math skills

What educators want you to know
Insights from early childhood education teachers, specialists


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