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PACEs in Early Childhood

Amid pandemic, infants especially need quality child care, reformers say []


By Karen D'Souza, EdSource, April 6, 2021

Children are born ready to learn. In the first year of life, the brain doubles, with about90% of brain growth happening before kindergarten.

However, only 1 in 3 eligible children under 5 years old take part in California’s publicly funded early learning and care programs. To make matters worse this year, 3 out of 4 California parents with children under 5 are worried their education and development will suffer because of the pandemic, according to arecent survey.

That’s why there’s a push in California to get more children, especially infants and toddlers from low-income families, into quality child care at a time when the industry is in crisis because of the pandemic. Senate Bill 50, introduced by state Sen. Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, proposes to open access to the state-funded California State Preschool Program (CSPP) and to make it easier for families to access the child care system.

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