Budget Brief: Hearings This Week on Child Care, Transitional Kindergarten

March 12, 2012

Parents, educators and child care providers will have an opportunity this week to tell legislators about the importance of two critical early childhood programs.

On Tuesday, members of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance will meet to consider proposed cuts to education programs, including plans to eliminate transitional kindergarten. Trailer bill language released by finance officials in recent weeks still eliminates the program, but would allow 4-year-olds to be enrolled in kindergarten classes if the child turns 5 during the school year and meets all district requirements, similar to waivers already in place.