Another bill proposing to significantly expand state-funded preschool has been introduced in California.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, is the author of AB 47, which would expand the state’s full-day preschool program for low-income children so that all eligible children are granted a spot. Currently, the program enrolls about 140,000 3- and 4-year-old students from families who make 70 percent of the California median annual income ($46,896 for a family of 4) or less. The state didn’t provide enough money to offer spots to another 32,000 children who meet the qualifications.
(Calif.) Sacramento Democrat Kevin McCarty, newly-appointed chair of the Assembly’s budget subcommittee on education finance, wasted no time in the new legislative session taking up a cause that has gained serious momentum in the state but has yet to be fully enacted – preschool for all kids.
Debate over AB 47, as with the other 99 bills introduced the first week of the 2015-16 session, won’t begin until lawmakers reconvene Jan. 5, but there will be plenty to discuss.
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) introduced a groundbreaking legislative proposal to ensure that all children have access to preschool regardless of their family’s income. Under the provisions of AB 47, the California Department of Education will be required to work with the Legislature and the Department of Finance on how to bridge the preschool gap for the children of low income parents who aren’t already covered by the state’s preschool coverage efforts, which passed earlier this year as part of the state’s budget.