A budget proposal aimed at increasing quality in existing programs and making new strategic investments in early childhood education is moving forward.
Senate leader Darrell Steinberg outlines what the program entails.
"We are setting in place, a new reality in California. Between state and federal funds, we are set to provide free, high-quality pre-kindergarten for over half of California's 4-year-olds," Steinberg said.
In the so-called "Fair Start" program, those 4-year-olds with at least one working parent from low-income families would be eligible for full pre-kindergarten.
About 77,000 of them are expected to take advantage of that opportunity.
The full membership of the state Senate and Assembly will consider sending the proposal to Governor Jerry Brown in a floor vote this Sunday afternoon.