On Monday, September 30th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 378, giving childcare providers in California who fought long and hard for this to be signed, a chance to improve the early childhood education system.
Research shows that early childhood education has a huge impact on a child’s entire life. For example, a historical study called the High Scope Perry Preschool Study, found that students who were placed into a high quality preschool program “had fewer teenage pregnancies, were more likely to have graduated high school, were more likely to hold a job and have higher earnings, committed fewer crimes, and owned their own home and car” compared to those who did not attend preschool.
The Perry Preschool study was conducted in the 60’s, but it’s data has been one of the greatest reasons why advocates of improved early childhood education fight for this area. Advocates of AB 378 explain that giving focus to our states childcare workers and the funding that goes into their training and overall quality of each early childcare center, benefits so many aspects of our society. Parents need to have a safe and academically enriching place drop their kids off to when they go to work; if they don’t show up to work, the economy doesn’t run well.
More importantly, the work that goes into early childhood education is clearly being proven to be effective on a child’s entire life. Another study found that children who attended a preschool program had better vocabulary scores; a 54% increase over the year. These children also scored higher on their early math skills; a 40% growth over the year.
These are just a few reasons why Californians are fighting for their children to have a quality, early childhood education and that it be accessible to all children.