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Are San Francisco Kindergarteners Ready for School?

Sixty-two percent of San Francisco children entering kindergarten last year demonstrated proficiency in the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in school, according to a report, School Readiness in San Francisco, 2015-16, released this week. Although more than one-third of children lacked adequate preparedness, the research also pointed to specific actions parents and policymakers could take to help close the gap.


San Francisco's universal preschool could prove a model for SoCal cities

When San Francisco voters overwhelmingly reauthorized the city’s universal preschool program on Tuesday, ensuring an annual $27 million for the next 24 years, other California cities may well have sat up.


The Power of Partnerships in Early Education

California’s momentum on early learning was in the spotlight this week, when the White House came to town for “Children: The Bay Area’s Greatest Investment,” a Town Hall in San Francisco that celebrated the state’s recent successes and reenergized participants to recommit to doing more for our youngest learners


Preschool for All gives youths edge in kindergarten

Over the past nine years, San Francisco’s property-tax-paying residents have spent $94 million to put 18,000 children through a year of preschool – a huge investment made without knowing what the payoff would be.


Invest in future with universal preschool

Early education has seen a surge of interest among politicians in the past year. At the federal level, President Barack Obama devoted parts of his past two State of the Union speeches to advocate for universal preschool. At the state level, legislative leaders have called for expanding the state’s transitional kindergarten program to serve all 4-year-olds. Locally, Mayor Ed Lee has stepped up and championed San Francisco’s own successful Preschool for All program.