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Powerful voice for private preschools as “trans K” programs gear up

09.07.2010 | California’s Children

PACE, the Professional Association for Childhood Education, a 1,000-member association headquartered in San Francisco, announced its new interactive, issue-oriented website today to serve its 1,000-member association, as well as providing a forum for educators, administrators, policymakers, and families who support early education and child care.

A key issue facing private early learning centers is the move to transitional kindergartens for the “young 5s and 4s” who are the subjects of the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) that has passed the Assembly and Senate and is awaiting Gov. Schwarzenegger’s signature, expected at any moment.

Monies saved by the Act, as estimated by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, an independent monitor of the state’s fiscal policies, could run over $700 million the first year; plans are to reinvest this money in the development of “trans K” — creating, as the Los Angeles Times notes this morning, “essentially essentially creating another grade level for an estimated 120,000 4-year-olds.”

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