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
Early Learning and
Local Control Funding
January 30, 2014
LAUP is a non-profit organization dedicated to
improving access to quality preschool in Los
Have funded and supported a network of over
80,000 children with a mix of providers since
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
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
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%
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
35% more vocabulary
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
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
New school finance system based on two
Schools need more resources to support certain
Schools need more flexibility with the use of
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.
Early Learning Meets Priorities
Performance on standardized tests
Share of ELs that become English proficient
Shareof students that are college and career ready
Promotion of parental participation
High school dropout/graduation rates
Chronic absenteeism rates
Other Student Outcomes
Other indicators of student performance in required
areas of study.
Common Core Standards
Potential ECE Uses for LCFF Dollars
Serve more children
• Hire staff
• Purchase materials
• Repurpose facilities
• Participate in Quality Rating and
Improvement System and/or
• Improve teacher : child ratios
• Professional development
• Parental involvement opportunities
Pre-K – 3rd grade
• Joint professional development
• Align goals and metrics
• Co-host parent engagement
• Align goals and metrics
Invest Now, Save Later
Investing in high quality early education impacts
student achievement and several state
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.
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
Districts need to meet own needs
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
Districts need to prioritize early learning.
SB 837, Kindergarten Readiness Act, hasn’t passed yet
President’s proposal for early learning hasn’t won
LAUP and our partners are here to help!