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Who Is Ahead and Who Is Behind? Gaps in School Readiness and Student Achievement in the Early Grades for California’s Children

Early Care and Education in the Golden State: Publicly Funded Programs Serving California’s Preschool-Age Children

Children in California are lagging behind in language arts and mathematics when they enter kindergarten, according to two reports by the RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization based in Santa Monica, Calif.

The “Who Is Ahead and Who Is Behind?” report says that many children in California have not been enrolled in early-childhood-education programs, and their lack of preparation shows in performance on 2nd and 3rd grade assessments.

The second report notes that while $1.9 billion was spent on government programs for preschool-age children in California last year, about 5 percent to 10 percent of the money available to spend on such programs was left unspent.

Vol. 27, Issue 12, Page 5

Published in Print: November 14, 2007, as School Readiness

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