On child care, Newsom and his budget could be bolder

Governor Gavin Newsom’s pledge to increase access to quality, affordable preschool for California’s three- and four-year-olds is off to a good start on access and affordability, but could put quality on a “faster schedule,” writes Stanford University Education Professor Deborah Stipek in an OpEd for the San Francisco Chronicle. Stipek is former dean of Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and a current faculty director at PACE, where she was lead author of the early childhood report prepared for the Getting Down to Facts II research project. She agrees that some quality issues need more study, such developing more rigorous requirements for a preschool teaching permit, but says investing in living wages for preschool teachers—more than half of whom rely on public assistance—should begin right away.

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