Statement from First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshe Regarding Steinberg "Transitional Kindergarten for All" Proposal to Expand Access to Early Education in California

Jan 07, 2014, 18:01 ET from First 5 LA

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "We commend Senator Steinberg and his colleagues for continuing to strongly support high quality early education and welcome state leadership to expand access to these opportunities for children in California.

Expanding access to quality early childhood education is a win-win scenario for all Californians. Quality early education programs are proven to provide an incredible return for our society and our state.  Studies show that children who benefit from a quality early education are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to attend college, inevitably increasing employment and expanding our economy. These types of investments can lay the foundation for the development of the bright minds we will need to lead us into the future.

As a long time investor and advocate for expanding access to quality early education programs, First 5 LA has seen firsthand, the meaningful impact these programs can make on improving the lives of children and families."

About First 5 LA
First 5 LA oversees the L.A. County allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds raised help pay for health care, education and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age five and their families. First 5 LA's mission is to increase the number of young children who are physically and emotionally healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

Sharon Woodson-Bryant (213) 482-7507