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Field Poll: Rls2470[1]

Field Poll: Rls2470[1]

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MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIA VOTERS
SUPPORTS EXPANDING PRE-SCHOOL TO
ALL FOUR-YEAR-OLDS DESPITE ITS
ADDITIONAL COSTS AND REGARDLESS OF
PARENTS' INCOMES.
MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIA VOTERS
SUPPORTS EXPANDING PRE-SCHOOL TO
ALL FOUR-YEAR-OLDS DESPITE ITS
ADDITIONAL COSTS AND REGARDLESS OF
PARENTS' INCOMES.

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 THE INDEPENDENT AND NON-PARTISAN SURVEY OF PUBLIC OPINION ESTABLISHED IN 1947 AS
THE CALIFORNIA POLL
 BY
MERVIN FIELD
 
Field Research Corporation
601 California Street San Francisco, CA 94108-2814 (415) 392-5763 FAX: (415) 434-2541 EMAIL: fieldpoll@field.com www.field.com/fieldpollonline
Field Research Corporation is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer  
THE FIELD POLL
Release #
2470
Release Date:
Friday, April 18, 2014 MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIA VOTERS SUPPORTS EXPANDING PRE-SCHOOL TO ALL FOUR-YEAR-OLDS DESPITE ITS ADDITIONAL COSTS AND REGARDLESS OF PARENTS' INCOMES.
IMPORTANT: Contract for this service is subject to revocation if publication or broadcast takes place before release date or if contents are divulged to persons outside of subscriber staff  prior to release time. (ISSN 0195-4520) By Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field EdSource contact: Louis Freedberg (510) 433-0421 Most voters in California believe state government should be doing more to provide young children opportunities to attend pre-school and feel it's very important to make publicly supported pre-school available to all of the state's four-year-olds, regardless of their parents' income. Voters support by a greater than two-to-one margin (60% to 25%) the state's recently created transitional kindergarten program, which provides an optional extra year of kindergarten to four-year-olds who turn five between September and December. In addition, by a five to three margin (57% to 34%), voters believe it would be worth the estimated $1.4 billion cost to expand the transitional kindergarten program to provide all four-year-olds in California an additional year of schooling before they start kindergarten. These findings come from a
Field Poll
 conducted in partnership with EdSource among 1,000 California registered voters. Founded in 1977, EdSource is an independent, non-profit educational research and policy organization highlighting strategies for student success. “The results indicate not only that there is strong voter support for expanding pre-school for four-year-olds, but also that it would be worth investing significant state dollars to do so,” said Louis Freedberg, executive director of EdSource. “What is especially striking is that there is majority support not only from parents with young children but from the overall registered voter population for these policies."
 
The Field Poll #2470 Friday, April 18, 2014 Page 2
Majority believes state government should be doing more to provide young kids opportunities to attend pre-school
When voters are asked about the amount the state government is currently doing to provide young children opportunities to attend pre-school, a majority (56%) believes it should be doing more. This compares to 25% who believe it is doing about the right amount and 12% who feel it is already doing too much. Another 7% have no opinion. While majorities across each of the state's major ethnic voter subgroups believe the state should be doing more, Latinos and African-Americans are most likely to feel this way.
 
Table 1 Amount state government is doing with regard to providing young children with opportunities to attend pre-school (among registered voters)
 
Should be doing more Doing aboutthe right amount Already doing too much No opinionTotal statewide 56% 25 12 7
Parent of child age 5 or less Yes 59% 25 8 8  No 56% 24 13 7 Race/ethnicity White non-Hispanic 51% 27 14 8 Latino 67% 20 10 3 African-American* 75% 12 9 4 Asian-American/other 57% 28 7 8
* Small sample base.
Majority says it's very important that all four-year-olds in California have an additional year of schooling
A similar majority of voters (55%) feel it is very important for all four-year-olds in California to have access to an additional year of schooling. Another one in four (24%) believe this is somewhat important, while just 19% say it is not important. Latinos, African-Americans and parents who have kids age five or younger are most likely to say this is very important.
 
The Field Poll #2470 Friday, April 18, 2014 Page 3
Table 2 Importance of providing all four-year-olds in California with an additional year of schooling (among registered voters)
 
Very important Somewhat important Not important No opinionTotal statewide 55% 24 19 2
Parent of child age 5 or less Yes 70% 20 8 2  No 53% 25 20 2 Race/ethnicity White non-Hispanic 48% 26 24 2 Latino 69% 22 9 * African-American* 79% 11 9 1 Asian-American/other 55% 26 15 4
* Small sample base.
More voters prefer the state expanding pre-school without charge to all four-year-olds rather than only low-income families
If the state were to expand pre-school to four-year-olds, more voters (51%) prefer that it be made available without charge to all kids rather than only the children of low-income families (38%). Another 11% have no opinion. Support for making pre-school universally available to all four-year-olds without regard to income is greatest among voters who are themselves the parents of a child age five or less (67%).

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