Today, I took a field trip of sorts to the Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP). While there, I spoke to the Professional Development Specialist about President Obama’s budget to include funding for universal preschool nationwide. As much as I love to brag about Vanguard University and the value of our online early childhood education programs, it was nice to be around ECE practitioners. I didn’t love the two hour drive in traffic, but I was impressed with the LAUP offices that look out over the beautiful Hollywood hills.
LAUP is an independent nonprofit organization to support the proper care and development of children between the ages of birth to five years old. Since 2005 LAUP has supported the operation, care and development of more than 325 preschools in Los Angeles County. Its enriching curricula and nurturing environments have prepared more than 60,000 children to succeed in kindergarten.
As a professional in this area, I was very excited to share information with an organization whose goal is to one day make quality preschool universally accessible to all children. When universal preschool is implemented nationwide, California would be wise to use Los Angeles Preschools as a model of success.
Do you think California will see universal preschool with the next couple of years?