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Steinberg Whittles Away at Universal Preschool Proposal

 
Steinberg Whittles Away at Universal Preschool Proposal
Posted Thursday, May 22nd 2014 @ 3pm  by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has paired down his plan for universal preschool.

Steinberg has pivoted away from a proposal to fund classes for all of the state's 4-year-olds.

It's mostly because of a $1.4 billion cost that Governor Jerry Brown never got on board with.

So, amid budget talks, he's narrowed the focus to families who may want classes but can't afford them.

"Currently, only about 33 percent of low-income kids have access to full day preschool," Steinberg said. 

He wants to offer full day care -- through schools or private businesses -- to working families earning up to 200 percent of the poverty level.

He says not only is this good for the children, but parents as well, who will be able to go to work full-time.

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