Early Care and Education 740

Children have access to high quality preschool

little boy playingWhat We Do

We fund preschool scholarships and efforts to increase the number of preschool slots in the county so that more low-income children can attend preschool. We engage community leaders to build awareness about the importance of quality early care and education, and the need to create access for all.

Why We Do It

Economists have calculated that every dollar invested in high quality preschool returns $7 for the community. Children who attend a high quality preschool program are better prepared with the social and academic skills they need to succeed in school, college, career, and life.

Our Results

Our advocacy efforts and financial support have helped increase the availability of high-quality preschool in high-need areas across the County

Preschool Facilities Fund

Our staff presented to the Board of Supervisors on the need to expand preschool programs to accommodate the County’s 11,000 preschool-age children.

As a result, we partnered with the Board to create a fund to renovate and expand preschool facilities. Our funds have helped to leverage additional state and federal dollars supporting expansion of facilities across the County, including an unprecedented $2.9 million in state and federal contracts that helped to save 264 subsidized preschool slots at risk of being lost.The Facilities Fund will ensure the availability of 588 slots in Early Childhood Education programs across the County.

$12 million return for the County in the next five years.

If we’re serious about making universal preschool one of our highest priorities, we cannot afford to lose one slot.

Supervisor Shirlee Zane

There could be no more important investment than this.

Supervisor James Gore

Quality Counts Scholarship Program

We fund scholarships to provide eligible low-income children across the County to early care programs that have rated a 4 or 5 on the Quality Counts Matrix.

  • 39  early care programs meet the quality standards and are currently offering slots for Quality Counts Scholarships.
  • 237 children whose families could otherwise not afford preschool received a Quality Counts scholarship and had an opportunity to receive a high quality early education