California Health and Human Services released a new Master Plan last week that lays out a blueprint to expand public preschool and remodel the state’s childcare system.
The Plan’s goals include universal standards for early education, better training for child-care workers, easier access to subsidized care for low-income families and universal transitional kindergarten for all California 4-year-olds. But these expansions will take years, and critics argue that the plan doesn’t do enough for the immediate needs of child care providers, who were already struggling before the pandemic and are in an extremely precarious position now. Many critics are concerned that with so many childcare providers at risk, the entire industry could collapse before many of the Plan’s outlined expansions go into effect.
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Ashley C. Williams, senior policy analyst at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment