Education

California gets $52 million grant for early childhood education

California is in line to receive $52 million in federal education funds.
California is in line to receive $52 million in federal education funds.
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The federal government announced Friday that California’s in line for $52 million to improve its early childhood education programs.

Most of the money will support a California effort in the works to create a pre-Kindergarten education rating system. When it’s up and running, the service will help parents find daycare, Head Start or pre-K services for infants, toddlers, dual language learners, and kids with disabilities. The system will factor in learning environments, teacher effectiveness and parent engagement.

California’s worked to improve early childhood education in recent years, fueled by research that finds high quality pre-schooling and care are key to later academic success. The state has focused on increasing and improving the quality of early childhood services in low-income neighborhoods.

Thirty-five states competed for the grants. The federal government chose California and eight other states to receive the early childhood education grants.