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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | April 23, 2014

Nearly 40% of California Kids Ages 3-5 Not Enrolled in Preschool or Kindergarten as State Lawmakers Introduce Universal Preschool Legislation

Preschool and prekindergarten attendance is linked with a variety of educational and behavioral benefits in kindergarten and beyond. However, an estimated 39 percent of California children ages 3-5 were not enrolled in preschool or kindergarten in 2012.

Enrollment of Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial, and African-American youngsters was less common than among their white or Asian counterparts, according to newly available estimates from

A recent Field Poll found that most Californians support universal preschool for 4-year-olds, and California state lawmakers have introduced two bills (SB 837 and SB 1123) that would increase access to both preschool and transitional kindergarten.

Researchers also have found that parents reading to their young children frequently helps promote literacy, social-emotional development, and better performance in school. In California, an estimated 62 percent of children in 2011-2012 had parents who reported reading to them every day, but 14% had parents who reported reading to them 1-2 days per week or never.

Read more about early care and education indicators in California, including policy implications>>

See Early Care and Education Data for California Children

Helpful Links

Investing in Young Children: New Directions in Federal Preschool and Early Childhood Policy

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Center for Children in Poverty: Early Care and Learning

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

Child Trends: Early Childhood Development

Reframing Family Involvement in Education: Supporting Families to Support Educational Equity

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Children Ages 3-5 Not Enrolled in Preschool or Kindergarten (Regions of 65,000 Residents or More) (California, 2012)

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