Early Care and Education in the Golden State
Publicly Funded Programs Serving California's Preschool-Age Children
To evaluate the adequacy and efficiency of preschool education, the RAND Corporation has undertaken the California Preschool Study to improve understanding of achievement gaps in the early elementary grades, the adequacy of preschool education currently given, and what efficiencies or additional resources might be brought to bear in early care and education (ECE). This volume provides a comprehensive assessment of publicly funded ECE programs for preschool-age children — for California as a whole, and for four case-study counties: Los Angles, Merced, San Diego, and San Mateo. California’s system of publicly subsidized ECE programs for preschool-age children has evolved over time into a complex array of mostly targeted programs supported through multiple funding streams. The authors find that there is a sizeable gap between the number of three- and four-year-old children eligible for such programs and the number that can be served given current program funding. In addition, the quality of ECE programs for preschool-age children is uncertain, and the sometimes low standards are compounded by a reimbursement structure for subsidized care that gives little incentive for providing higher quality programs. Finally, potential inefficiencies in the system may limit the benefits from the dollars spent.
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- Copyright: RAND Corporation
- Availability: Web-Only
- Pages: 228
- Document Number: TR-538-PF/WKKF/PEW/NIEER/WCJVSF/LAUP
- Year: 2007
- Series: Technical Reports
Overview of California’s System of Publicly Funded Early Care and Education Programs
Eligibility and Enrollment
Requirements for Publicly Funded Early Care and Education Programs
Program Funding, Reimbursement Rates, and Expenditures
The ECE System at a Local Level: Four County Case Studies
Additional Analyses of Enrollment Patterns
Los Angeles County Case Study
Merced County Case Study
San Diego County Case Study
San Mateo County Case Study
The research described in this report was conducted by RAND Labor and Population. Funding was provided by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts through the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), The W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, and Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP).
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