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Universal Pre-K

AB 1363 develops procedures to identify and report data on dual-language learners at state preschools, and SB 393 improves access to child care for migrant agricultural workers by aligning voucher-based child care programs.

California Comeback Plan achieves free, high-quality universal Pre-K for all four-year-olds by 2025 and creates college savings accounts for 3.7 million kids.

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Universal Prekindergarten FAQs

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding California state law relating to Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK).

The California Department of Education (CDE) and State Superintendent of Public Instruction fully support the Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program.

NOTE: The CDE is working to integrate earlier TK Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) into the broader UPK FAQs. LEARN MORE >>

Universal Prekindergarten Planning & Implementation Grant

The Universal PreKindergarten Planning & Implementation (UPK P&I) Grant is a state early learning planning and capacity building initiative with the goal of expanding access for preschool-age students to PreKindergarten (Pre-K) programs at local educational agencies (LEAs). Grant funds may pay for costs associated with creating or expanding California State Preschool Programs or Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs, or establish or strengthen partnerships with other providers of Pre-K education within the LEA, including Head Start programs. LEARN MORE >>

Universal PreKindergarten Office Hours

Office Hours to provide technical assistance about Universal PreKindergarten to local educational agencies.

The Early Education Division (EED) is excited to announce weekly Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) office hours. The EED will be hosting virtual office hours targeted for local education agencies (school districts, charter schools, county offices of education) so that attendees can come and ask questions and receive technical assistance about UPK implementation. The first 15 minutes will be a quick review of UPK and latest developments. Registration will be limited to 500 participants per session and will be open to all regions of California. Please register ahead of time. LEARN MORE >>

Head Start  & TK
Partnership Toolkit

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The following resources will help you reach out to your local partners including state preschool programs, transitional kindergarten staff and administrators and other early education partners to begin discussions about local planning and community coordination.

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 Letter Template

Download this letter template to introduce yourself to district leadership and propose a collaborative partnership. Make sure to fill in all the blanks with your program information and use your own letterhead.

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Partnership Crosswalk

Organized by the requirements of the Budget Act of 2022, this Crosswalk document notes the relevant Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law and Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) regulations, and then provides ideas and recommendations for Head Start and Local Education Agency (LEA) administrators to consider as they partner. 

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Partnership Glossary

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Slide Deck Template

Use this customizable PowerPoint template for meetings with district staff.

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CCEE & SCOE Resource Toolkit

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and Santa Clara Office of Education have created a UPK Resource Library with planning tools, regulations, sample communications and best practices.   

Use this link to share or download the video.

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