Child Care Services

Preschool for all is no panacea, California

Preschool for all is no panacea, California

After passing with strong bipartisan support in the Assembly and the state Senate, AB 47, the Preschool for All Act of 2015, is on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk awaiting his signature. The bill would ensure that by June 30, 2018, all of California's economically disadvantaged 4-year-olds would have access to the state preschool program, contingent on the appropriation of sufficient funding in the annual budget.

Providing access to preschool for the state's low-income children may sound like an obviously good idea. Indeed, we know that the first five years are the most critical period for human learning and development. Early childhood programs that help disadvantaged infants, toddlers and...