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CHSA Press Release on TK Enrollment Practices

Inappropriate Enrollment Practices Plague Transitional Kindergarten

Sacramento (November 4, 2015) -- Early childhood advocates are calling on the Legislature to address local enrollment practices, at Thursday’s State Assembly hearing on the implementation of Transitional Kindergarten in California. The joint hearing is being convened by the Assembly’s Education Committee and the Budget Subcommittee for Education, and early childhood leaders are arguing that abusive enrollment practices and substandard quality ought to be the focus.

The legislative hearing is being held in Los Angeles and will provide an overview of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) so far and showcase best practices at the LA Unified School District. While LA Unified is touted as a model of success, local TK practices and quality vary statewide. “The Legislature ought to be addressing the failures and abuses of TK, which are alarmingly widespread,” declared Rick Mockler, Executive Director of the California Head Start Association.

The Nov. 4 Press Release: Read More


Legislative Victory for Toddler Programs

Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 762 (Mullin) into law. This new statute will extend the age of the toddler program option to 36 months effective January 1, 2016. The age range for the optional toddler program component will be 18 to 36 months. While the extension of toddler option only represents part of our legislation as originally introduced, it will serve to bridge the gap in care for centers serving toddlers, providing much needed flexibility and supporting continuity of care for our children. We are delighted with this new law, even as we continue to work on our longer term vision of an integrated, birth to age five license. CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.

CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.

The AB 762 document page: Visit


Early Math and Family Engagement

Head Start parents in California step up to teach their kids math

The initiative, known as the Early Math Family Engagement Project, is one of the first programs in the nation to emphasize the key role parents can play in teaching early math at home and in other environments. It is a project of the California Head Start Association, which represents nearly 160 Head Start centers and their satellite sites in the state. The program will offer two-day training sessions to teachers and others around the state. Head Start serves approximately 130,000 children in California.

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Vaccination Statistics

Why California’s Head Start Kids Are Better Protected From Measles
Published: Feb. 18, 2015

A look at nearly 9,000 child care facilities in California shows that the private, likely more expensive, programs are where kids are most at risk during this measles outbreak.


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EHS-CCP & EHS Expansion Grants

Preliminary Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion Awards
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in negotiation with agencies for the award of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion grants.

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