RAND California Preschool Studies

RAND Releases California Preschool Studies

On November 8, 2007, the RAND Corporation released two (of four) California Preschool Studies funded by the Packard Foundation that provide research on the adequacy and efficiency of preschool education in California.

The Calfornia Preschool Study was requested by the California Governor's Committee on Educational Excellence, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Speaker of the California Assembly and the President Pro Tem of the California State Senate.

News Release

The studies provide an opportunity to highlight local and statewide preschool planning and advocacy efforts, as well as to focus on the partnerships needed to provide high-quality preschool.  Also, the studies will inform state and local preschool policy discussions during the upcoming ‘years of education.'

Study #1 focuses on the school readiness gap at K-entry, correlations with the achievement gaps at second and third grades, and the potential for high-quality preschool programs to narrow those gaps. 

Who Is Ahead and Who Is Behind?

Study #2 examines concerns about funding, quality, and efficiency levels for California’s early care and education programs. 

Early Care and Education in the Golden State

RAND Releases 3rd California Preschool Study

On June 18, 2008, the RAND Corporation released the third (of four) California Preschool Studies funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation that provide research on the adequacy and efficiency of preschool education in California.

Two studies released in 2007 examined gaps in school readiness and academic achievement in the early elementary grades and the system of publicly funded care and early education programs in California.

Study #3 examines the use and quality of early care and education programs for preschool-age children in California and differences across socioeconomic and demographic groups.  There is room for improvement in both quality and participation. (includes data from San Mateo County Preschool for All)

Prepared to Learn

The California Preschool Study was requested by the California Governor's Committee on Educational Excellence, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Speaker of the California Assembly and the President Pro Tem of the California State Senate.