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  • Who We Are: LAUP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to high-quality preschool education to the children of Los Angeles County. Preschool is essential to build a strong foundation for children’s future success as they enter elementary school. Preschool is a natural place for young children to develop their pre-math, science, social, and literacy skills. LAUP has raised the level of quality preschool programs throughout the county by advancing teacher training, enriching curricula, and offering a safe and nurturing environment for more than 67,000 preschoolers since 2005.
  • Nearly 95% of California kindergarten teachers say students who attended preschool are better prepared in both social and academic areas. The proof is in the numbers: Children enrolled in quality preschool posted vocabulary and math gains 30%-40% higher than children who were not enrolled in preschool. Pre-mathematics skills are critical to later academic achievement, and are a reliable predictor of high school graduation.
  • Children who attend preschool programs that support early math skills are also more likely to display higher math achievement in later grades. Preschoolers’ mathematics skills consistently predict later math achievement, and can even predict later reading skills.By age 3, children of middle-class homes hear 30 million more words than children from low-income families.Preschool Is a Smart Financial Investment:Goldman Sachs is investing in preschool in Salt Lake City because of special education researchReduce grade retentionReduce costs of other remediationBy third grade, children who are not reading at grade level are four times less likely to graduate from high school than students who are proficient readers. The long-term positive effects of preschool are especially important for at-risk children who, without early intervention will often struggle to overcome an achievement gap that grows with every academic year.
  • Quality preschool impacts many of the state priorities by laying the foundation for school success. “Other Student Outcomes” = things that aren’t on state-mandated standardized tests
  • LAUP funds full cost of preschool seats or provides supplemental funding to enhance quality.School district in LA receive an average of $3,400 per child for a half day program.Insert story about successful school district here (Lynwood or Lennox)?
  • As districts reach out to stakeholders for input in the LCAP, they cannot forget preschool parents. These children will be most impacted by LCFF, and their parents deserve input.Even if districts do not have current resources to invest in early learning, the LCAP covers three years and districts can outline a plan to invest over time.Districts need to tackle issues of early learning now and wait for the State or the Federal government to tackle this issue.Partners include:Children NowAdvancement ProjectEarly EdgeCounty Offices of Education
  • Early learning and LCFF

    1. 1. Early Learning and Local Control Funding Formula January 30, 2014
    2. 2. About LAUP  LAUP is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to quality preschool in Los Angeles County  Have funded and supported a network of over 80,000 children with a mix of providers since inception  Implementing other efforts to support quality early learning outside of our direct funding:    California Signature Program Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge LA County ECE Workforce Consortium
    3. 3. LAUP students are more ready for Kindergarten  61% of LAUP children with reported income data came from families making below $30,000  The majority (at least 70%) of LAUP children who were tested in 2011-12 made significant progress in key areas for Kindergarten success: vocabulary, math, fine motor skills, and social-emotional development  76% of English speakers and 93% of Spanish speakers made significant improvements in math skills  The vocabulary gains made by English learning children outperformed their national peers  99% of children exhibited a high level of attention required for success in kindergarten as opposed to the national average of 85%
    4. 4. Early learning is a powerful tool  Multi-state study of 5,000 children in state-funded preschool programs compared to their peers: 44% more math skills improvement 35% more vocabulary growth  By age 3, children of middle-class homes hear 30 million more words than children from low-income families.  By third grade, children who are reading at grade level are four times more likely to graduate from high school than students who are not proficient readers.  The long-term positive effects of preschool are especially important for at-risk children who, without early intervention will often struggle to overcome an achievement gap that grows with every academic year.
    5. 5. Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)  New school finance system based on two principles:   Schools need more resources to support certain students Schools need more flexibility with the use of resources  New autonomy and responsibility for districts:   Create a Local Control Accountability Plan to demonstrate how new resources will help achieve each of 8 state priorities Must develop strategies for English Language Learners, low-income and foster youth students.
    6. 6. Early Learning Meets Priorities Student Achievement  Performance on standardized tests  Share of ELs that become English proficient  Shareof students that are college and career ready Parental Involvement  Promotion of parental participation Student Engagement  High school dropout/graduation rates  Chronic absenteeism rates Other Student Outcomes  Other indicators of student performance in required areas of study. Basic Services School Climate Implementation of Common Core Standards Course Access
    7. 7. Potential ECE Uses for LCFF Dollars Serve more children • Hire staff • Purchase materials • Repurpose facilities Classroom quality • Participate in Quality Rating and Improvement System and/or coaching • Improve teacher : child ratios • Professional development • Parental involvement opportunities Pre-K – 3rd grade transition/articulation • Joint professional development • Align goals and metrics Community-based preschools coordination • Co-host parent engagement activities • Align goals and metrics
    8. 8. Invest Now, Save Later  Investing in high quality early education impacts student achievement and several state priorities.  However, investment also has a positive budgetary impact for school districts:    Reduce cost of special education Reduce cost of remedial education Reduce cost of grade retention  Long term investment in quality preschool for all four year olds will save the state-wide K-12 system over $1 billion annually. Barnett, W. Steven, Ph.D. “Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy.” National Institute for Early Education Research. Rutger, The State University of New Jersey, Dec 2013.
    9. 9. LA County School Districts and Preschool  LAUP funds over 27 school districts in Los Angeles County serving preschool children.  The school districts deliver direct services and LAUP provides quality and technical support.  School districts in LA County have prioritized quality early learning and have seen an increase in third grade STAR scores as a result.  Impactful stories: Lennox and Lynwood Unified School Districts
    10. 10. Districts need to meet own needs  Stakeholder Engagement  Find ways to reach out to parents of preschoolers. Children entering kindergarten next year will start from day one with the new LCFF regulations.  LCAP provides a plan for three years  Districts can create a three plan that includes increase investment in and commitment to early learning over time.  Districts need to prioritize early learning.   SB 837, Kindergarten Readiness Act, hasn’t passed yet President’s proposal for early learning hasn’t won bipartisan support  LAUP and our partners are here to help!