Comments on the Early Education Block Grant Proposal
In the 2016-17 California State Budget, the Administration proposed a funding consolidation for the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and the preschool Quality Rating and Improvement System grant (QRIS) into a single Early Education Block Grant (EEBG), to be administered by Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
We applaud the Administration’s focus on low-income early learners and on efficiency of funding stream, but have significant concerns about the EEBG proposal.
- The budget process offers an inadequate forum for consideration of the EEBG proposal.
- Minimum standards should embrace the zero to five continuum, and the full-day, full-year child care needs of low-income families.
- The EEBG proposal should support our existing strongly local and targeted early education system.
- Funding mechanisms must ensure a robust, mixed-delivery system.