Joy radiated through St. Raphael School in the San Francisco Archdiocese this week, as it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its successful pre-school. The anniversary reflected a growing pattern in Catholic education in California, the expansion of learning opportunities for children prior to kindergarten, generally termed early childhood education.
- Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millenium, (Copyright 2005, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc.)
- National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) website
- The California Association of Private School Organizations (CAPSO) has information of interest to California's private school parents, students and teachers.
- Information about Catholic colleges in the United States is available from the National Catholic College Admission Assocation. The site contains information for prospective students, parents and high school counselors.
We advocate – as a matter of justice – for the high quality education of every child. We affirm each parent’s right, and the responsibility, to direct their childrens' education. We support an exceptional K-12 teaching force serving all California's students. We believe educational reforms are best realized closest to actual learning experiences.
More than 1.8 million California school students were truant from their schools in 2011-2012 - nearly 30 percent of all public school students. Eighty three thousand elementary school students in the state risk academic failure by being chronically truant, missing more than 10 percent of the school year.
It’s a situation that has lawmakers pondering how to lower that rate.
In 2010, California changed the date when five-year-olds became eligible for kindergarten. In the process the state also essentially expanded kindergarten to a two-year program. Variously known as universal pre-school or transitional kindergarten, the extra voluntary year focuses on the alphabet, numbers, colors and other basic skills needed for kindergarten, which is now far more academic than in decades past.
SB 837, co-authored by a slew of Democratic State Senators, would provide funding and set standards to significantly expand the program in California.