Working paper

Community Voices

California Preschool Directors Speak on Policy Options
Bruce Fuller
University of California, Berkeley
Kathryn Gesicki
Policy Analysis for California Education
Thea Sweo Alvarado
San Joaquin Delta College
Sunyoung Jung
Incheon National University, Korea


PACE’s statewide survey of 439 directors of community preschools, those funded outside of school districts, inquired about basic facts and their perceptions of long-term issues. Preschool access and quality remain unfairly distributed among California’s diverse communities. Persisting questions examined include how to grow more plentiful and higher quality preschools, and how to ensure a robust balance between organizations run by schools or community organizations. Despite rising interest among policy makers, we know little about how preschool directors themselves understand and evaluate differing policy options. PACE’s working paper amplifies the views and voices of local practitioners. Coauthored by Bruce Fuller, Kathryn Gesicki, Thea Sweo, and Sunyoung Jung.

Suggested citationFuller, B., Gesicki, K., Sweo Alvarado, T., & Jung, S. (2007, January). Community voices: California preschool directors speak on policy options [Working paper]. Policy Analysis for California Education.