Advocates point to severe shortage of early ed care in LA County
EdSource Article; By Fermin Leal | January 31, 2016
“We know that when it comes to highest needs kids, nothing combats poverty, nothing combats inequality like early childhood education,” said John Kim, executive director for the Advancement Project.
Supporters of early childhood education have said that licensed centers in high-need communities lead to fewer students dropping out, higher graduation rates, and higher rates of students succeeding in college and careers.
That was the message championed by about 100 parents, educators, lawmakers and community activists who gathered at a conference at Magnolia Place Family Center, titled “Early Learning Needs In L.A. County,” organized by the Advancement Project, a Los Angeles-based civil rights and advocacy organization.