Gov. Proposes Cutting Program for 4- and 5-Year-Olds

01.10.2012 | KCRA | Leticia Ordaz

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — Transitional kindergarten started at Leonardo Da Vinci School in Sacramento in the fall of 2010, but now, that program is at risk.

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing cutting funding to save the state more than $200 million this year and nearly $700 million next year.

The new classroom program was designed for children who can’t enter regular kindergarten because they were born in the fall.

Advocates argue the extra year in school for children who don’t turn 5 until Nov. 2 better prepares them when when they finally enter kindergarten.

If funding is cut, more than 125,000 children will be affected.

Educators are concerned low-income families would suffer the most because they can’t afford to send their kids to a private preschool.

Lawmakers will take up the issue soon.

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