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Publication Title:

More than just Pre-K: The Positive Economic Impact of Preschool in Los Angeles County - Summary


Kelly O'Donnell

Date: March 2016

Publication Type: Issue Briefs & Policy Reports

Policy Area: Economic Studies

Page Count: 6

Publication Excerpt:

The Institute for Child Success commenced work on this report in response to discussions between LAUP, County Supervisor Hilda Solis and critical early childhood education stakeholders in Los Angeles County regarding the economic impact of early education investments in the county. It is designed to serve as a resource for the broad network of policymakers, practitioners and others who are committed to the role quality early education has in the lives of young children and their communities. It notes the extraordinary achievements of LAUP and First 5 LA over the past ten years and their lasting positive impact. Over those 10 years, LAUP has known the funding from First 5 LA would conclude. LAUP has worked to find alternative sources of funding and the challenge in doing so speaks to a stark reality: to achieve universal access to quality early care and education opportunities in L.A. County, we need our policy makers to make investing in our young children a priority. Less than half of 4-year-olds in Los Angeles County are being served and for younger children, the need is far greater. To completely and comprehensively address the issue of access in L.A. County and throughout the state of California, early learning advocates, including LAUP and First 5 LA, need to make the case for sustainable funding from federal, state and local governments and private philanthropy.

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