Policy brief

Proposition 82—California’s 'Preschool for All' Initiative

Issues, Evidence, and Resources
Policy Analysis for California Education


Proposition 82 would provide at least $23 billion over the coming decade to enroll about 70% of the state’s four year olds in half-day preschool programs at no direct cost to parents.

This brief sketches what’s known about California’s existing network of preschool centers, which children benefit, and the key issues prompted by Proposition 82. PACE’s role—as an independent research center—is to clarify relevant evidence which informs education policy options. In 2005, PACE published a review of enrollment patterns and policy options related to equalizing access to, and improving the quality of, local preschools.

Suggested citationPolicy Analysis for California Education (2006, June). Proposition 82—California’s "Preschool for All" initiative: Issues, evidence, and resources [Policy brief]. https://edpolicyinca.org/publications/proposition-82-californias-preschool-all-initiative