Early Childhood Education and CareEarly Childhood Education and Care

KQED’s early childhood education and care reporting beat covers early childhood development policy and practices in the Bay Area and across California. We tell the stories of community members, especially marginalized families and workers, who are most affected by policies aimed at addressing early education and child care.

California Preschools Wrestle to Comply With State’s Tightened Suspension Rules

Babies and Toddlers With Developmental Delays Are Entitled to Care. Many Aren't Getting It

Why These California Families Aren't Receiving Vital Early Development Services

Two African American women in a clinic during a procedure with others looking on in the background.

Maternity Group Care for and by Black People Is Improving Outcomes in Oakland

A young Latina woman working with kids in a classroom.

Feds Plan Higher Pay for Head Start Teachers Amid Severe Staff Shortage

Four children play on a playground.

California Head Start Families Face Transit Challenges, A New Map Shows

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How a California Child Care Workers' Union Fought for Living Wages — and Won

An adult hugs and kisses a child while two other young people do a puzzle in an outdoor setting.

A Child Care Center's Possible Closure Shows Dire Shortage in Marin County

A woman wearing a yellow shirt and black masks leans over a table with small children to draw on a piece of paper in front of a blonde haired child.

Newsom Signs Legislation Investing $2 Billion in Publicly Funded Child Care

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How San Francisco Is Graduating More Black Early Educators — and Why It Matters

KQED’s early childhood education and care reporting is supported by a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.