Last year 28,000 families in California wanted to send their toddlers to preschool, but the state was unable to accommodate these motivated children and families. Early childhood educators have been requesting funding to educate the tens of thousands of young children in California who desire education but lack the economic means to access it. Decades of research prove that children from low-income families who attend high quality early education programs, like Orange Children & Parents Together, are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten, have stronger literacy skills by third grade, graduate from high school at higher rates, earn more in adulthood and are less likely to commit crime as teens and adults. The State of California and the California Department of Education have a unique opportunity to strengthen the state’s economy by preparing our future workforce through quality early educational programs. Learn more about California’s current trends in early childhood education and local applications here.