Preschool teacher reading to kids in classroom

Early Education on the Cusp in California

Now is the time for high-quality PreK-3 education

A 2009 report by the New America Foundation shows that early education is vital—particularly for kids in under-resourced communities.

With 4.8 million kids under the age of 8 and large achievement gaps for poor and minority students, now is the time for reforms to bring high-quality PreK-3rd education to California. This 2009 study by the New America Foundation lays out policy recommendations for these reforms and interviews experts in the field—including the Haas, Jr. Fund’s then director of education equity, Elizabeth Gutierrez. “Melding and bringing in that pre-kindergarten world is a huge cultural shift,” Gutierrez said of elementary education. But the potential gains make these shifts too important to ignore.