May 28, 2015 3:19 PM by News Staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coalition of political leaders, businesses and academics is teaming up to build a roadmap for improving early education in California.
The Right Start Commission will work to address health and learning gaps for children from birth to age 5. Early education is widely considered pivotal for preparing children for success in school and helping reduce long-standing achievement gaps.
Work by the group, which includes former U.S. Rep. George Miller and Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson, will begin with an independent report expected this fall. It will list recommendations to modernize California's early childhood services.
Miller says current piecemeal approaches to early education have resulted in "huge gaps" in physical and cognitive development opportunities.
A recent study says California's state-funded pre-K program serves just 18 percent of all 4-year-old children.
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