According to the Southern California Public Radio Blog – California will receive $334 million to pay for a universal preschool program, more than any other state. California has the largest number of preschool children living in poverty. The Department of Education estimates the federal money will serve 40,000 preschool children the first year.
What this means for preschool teachers, no matter where you work: private, faith based, or state preschools is completing your degree in Early Childhood Education s important. Astutely, President has stipulated that in order to qualify for the funding the preschool teachers must have early childhood education . Those of us who work with young children know this is important and I applaud President Obama’s understanding of the unique needs of the early child.
Now the challenge is to see if the California legislators will approve the bill for Universal Preschool. I promise to keep you posted. Jeanette