Educare California at Silicon Valley will inform local and state policy through demonstration of best practices in teacher training, student learning and family support. Like other schools in the national Educare Learning Network, Educare California at Silicon Valley and its partners will be active in local and state policy advocacy.
Educare California at Silicon Valley will have access to research data, best practices, and policy makers from around the country. It will be a strong voice for California in the national dialogue on improving early education.
- Educare of Omaha helped advocacy and philanthropic leaders make the case for Nebraska to dramatically increase its investments in early learning programs. The Nebraska state constitution now declares that learning begins at birth, and a $60 million public/private endowment is expanding quality birth-to-3 services.
- The State of Illinois increased funding of early childhood investments by over $172 million after Educare of Chicago opened in 2000, and it is moving toward full funding of preschool services.
- Educare of Tulsa helped to inspire a $25 million pilot program to promote school readiness of at-risk children. After visiting Educare of Omaha, the Kansas governor supported the establishment of an $11 million early childhood block grant with a set-aside for infants and toddler.
- Even before Educare of Central Maine opened its doors in 2010, it helped promote
expansion of state pre-kindergarten programs, the redirection of funds to early education and prevention programs, and improvements to the state’s child care quality standards.
Educare California at Silicon Valley is also aligned with the Santa Clara County Early Learning Master Plan and SJ/SV 2020. These complementary efforts are seeking to improve the access to and quality of early learning in an effort to close the achievement gap in our region.
“An Educare school in Silicon Valley will be a game changer for our region and state. The research-based practices at its teacher professional development institute and high-quality educational programming will have a measurable impact on the public education landscape.” – Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
Check out Executive Director Lisa Kaufman speaking about the eight essential quality elements of early childhood education at the Improving Quality in California’s Early Childhood Education System: New Research and Implications for Policy Conference.