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  • 1. LCFF and Early Learning ACSA Superintendent’s Symposium
  • 2. LCFF in the Making Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was four decades in the making Substantive research, policy development, and legislative attempts over the last decade A diverse coalition of education, equity, business, parent and civic leaders, in concert with the Governor’s leadership, made LCFF a reality in 2013
  • 3. What does LCFF mean for school funding? Historic investment in high need students: $10 billion once LCFF is fully implemented LCFF addressed part of the school funding problem: • Now we know how schools are funded by the state • Local communities will have greater control over what to invest in • We still need to invest more in public education: California is 49th in the nation in our investment
  • 4. Why Early Learning Programs? • Evidence: There is sound research and the impact data is compelling • Resources: There are local and statewide partners that can support your efforts on multiple fronts • Locally Driven: Programs can be tailored to your local context and strategic investments are now more possible
  • 5. Evidence Sound research and compelling impact data 2
  • 6. What student outcomes are driving your local conversation? Putting kids at the center of planning and budgeting: • Are there specific student outcomes for all students, and/or subgroups of students, that have become an area of focus for the district and community?
  • 7. Early learning is a strategic support to schools ELD research shows proven impact on at least 4 of the state’s priority areas: • • • • Student achievement Student engagement (e.g. school attendance) School climate (e.g. suspension/expulsion, school connectedness) Parent Involvement
  • 8. Examples of compelling research Student Achievement: • • • • • Less likely to be placed in special education Increased on time grade completion Increased high school graduation rates Low-income, dual language learners benefit as much as, and in some cases more than, their native speaker counterparts from quality early learning programs Programs for teen parents, like Cal-SAFE, show higher graduation rates (73% vs. 30%)
  • 9. Examples of compelling research Student Engagement/School Climate: • Improved social-emotional competency, such as improved selfregulation, self-esteem, motivation to solve problems, complete tasks, and improve their own abilities. Parent Involvement: • • Programs with a parenting focus model positive interactions and provide opportunities to offer feedback. These approaches augment the effects of early learning programs on children’s skill development because they translate into more, ongoing support for children at home.
  • 10. Resources State and local relationships
  • 11. Partners throughout the state to support children 0-5 • Existing early learning programs throughout California, but significant unmet need. • Groups and local stakeholders across California are organizing to engage in LCFF planning efforts.
  • 12. Locally Driven Responding to local context and building multi-year plans
  • 13. Landscape of 0-5 kids in your community Partners can provide local context data: • Supply of high quality early learning programs in your community • Impact of these programs on children’s outcomes • Demand for programs in your community and unmet need
  • 14. Multi-year plans: A vision and strategic thinking become more possible Why a multi-year approach is important: • LCFF changes the culture locally to encourage long range planning • The funding is being phased in gradually based on available state funding • A multi-year plan provides more opportunity to think bigger and invest systematically in new approaches
  • 15. Multi-year plans: Develop a local ELD vision Coming together to meet the needs of kids: • • • • • What program approaches would most fit the local need? (e.g. preschool, teen parenting, home visiting) How many children would be served? Which student populations would be served? What quality improvement efforts would be put in place? What resources would be necessary to achieve the vision?
  • 16. Multi-year plans: Identify the first strategic investments Building toward the vision: • Based on the local context, what strategic investments could be made this year or next to build toward the vision? • What strategic investments could be made in year 2 and 3 to align with the Local Control and Accountability Plan? Examples: If the district isn’t tracking how prepared children are for kindergarten, provide teacher training to implement a kindergarten readiness observation tool. If there is a demand for full-day preschool but spaces are all half-day, district could invest to expand to full-day in high-need areas.
  • 17. Thank you! Additional Resources Children Now • Website: lcff.childrennow.org • Samantha Tran: stran@childrennow.org • Giannina Perez: GPerez@ChildrenNow.org