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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
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."