Poll finds that California voters rank early childhood education spending below other educational priorities

Convincing Californians to support additional funding to improve quality and access to early childhood education and preschool programs could be challenging for proponents, including Governor Gavin Newsom, according to a recent poll of 2,000 registered voters. The poll, conducted by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, found that programs for young are not a top education priority for voters. Stanford Graduate School of Educationprofessors Deborah Stipek and David Plank analyze poll results in a new policy brief from PACE. “If the governor and the legislature want to expand and improve services for California’s youngest residents, they will have to educate the public on the benefits of early childhood education, and build political support for the significantly larger costs to the state,” Plank and Stipek write.

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