California Preschool Study

The RAND Corporation has undertaken the RAND California Preschool Study, a landmark study of the utilization and quality of preschool programs for 3- and 4-year olds in California. RAND researchers surveyed a representative group of 2,000 parents with preschool-age children and more than 700 providers and observed about 250 child care and preschool centers. The study’s findings hold significant implications for the future of early childhood education on this state. To date, RAND has completed 5 studies . The five studies currently available are: Who is Ahead and Who is Behind? Gaps in School Readiness and Student Achievement in the Early Grades for California’s Children; Early Care and Education in the Golden State: Publicly-Funded Programs Serving California’s Preschool-Age Children; Prepared to Learn: The Nature and Quality of Early Care and Education for Preschool-Age Children in California; Preschool Adequacy and Efficiency in California: Issues: Policy Options, and Recommendations; and A Golden Opportunity: Advancing California’s Early Care and Education Workforce Professional Development System.

These studies as well as policy implications may be found at the following link: http://www.rand.org/labor/projects/ca_preschool/.