June 6, 2013: California's share of the federally proposed Preschool for All program would be $334 million (with a $33.4 million required state match), according to information released Tuesday from the U.S. Dept. of Education. DOE estimates the additional funds will allow California to serve "40,857 children from low- and moderate-income families in the first year of the program alone." DOE notes that these numbers reflect four-year-olds in families at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (100% is $15,510 for a single mother with one child). As Lillian Mongeau reported on EdSource, "California ranks near the top of all states on that measure with nealry 1.4 million qualifying 4-year-olds, according to Children Now...[DOE[ did not specify if these children would be served by a full- or half-day program. In 2011-2012, California spent $386 million to provide half-day state preschool to more than 200,000 children...[nevertheless], the current state program is not fully funded. Only about half of eligible 4-year-olds are enrolled, said Deborah Kong, at left, federal policy analyst at Early Edge California.... “We’re not even serving the number of kids who are eligible,” Kong said. “Any sort of dent we can make in that 50 percent would be huge.”
Building on the fed's goal of "expanding parent and family support," under the DOE's proposal California wourld receive $20.9 million in the first year it participates in the expanded Home Visiting program. "Each year, 138,337 low-income mothers in California give birth to a new baby and may benefit from these voluntary services," the DOE announcement states. The report also qualifies [emphases ours] its estimates: "Please not that [these estimates are] designed to be illustrative only and [do] not attempt too represent actual first year awards. The methodology and criteria for funding allocations beyond FY 2014 has not yet been determined.