California Looking To Add More Affordable Preschool Options For Families

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduced three bills supporting the California State Preschool Program on Monday.

AB 123 would expand the California State Preschool Program to include 4-year-old’s who live in school attendance areas where 70% or more of the children are enrolled in free or reduced-lunch programs. The bill also aims to offer preschool classes for 3-year-old children who live in poverty.

Assemblymember McCarty cited a September report “Getting Down to Facts II” which stated, “California’s children are behind before they enter Kindergarten. The system needs a continued focus on closing achievement gaps through multiple approaches including enhanced early childhood education.”