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In 2003, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation began the Preschool for California’s Children grantmaking program to help achieve a bold and ambitious vision—voluntary quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in California by 2013.

This brief, which summarizes Harvard Family Research Project’s evaluation findings about the Preschool Program at its 5-year midpoint, reveals that considerable progress has been made. A strong preschool advocacy community has developed to firmly root preschool on the state’s policy agenda, and policymaker support for quality preschool expansion now exists at the state and local level where it only nominally existed before.

The brief offers suggestions for grantmaking strategy adjustments and modifications to increase the chances of advancing policies that benefit the children in California who need preschool the most.

Free. Available online only.

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