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California State Preschool Program

The California State Preschool Program provides high-quality education for disadvantaged children ages 3 to 4 to improve their capacity for future success in school and in life. Studies have shown that participants significantly outperformed their no-program peers in a range of educational measures. They also had a higher rate of high school graduation or the equivalent certification. Participants had lower delinquency and crime rates; and at age 27, had higher earnings than the no-program group.

Accepted to the Portfolio: September 2013

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Develop a positive disposition for learning
  • Transition successfully into K-12 system
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Increased parent engagement and support for children's school and life success
  • Increased parent understanding of how children learn through play

Long Term Outcomes

  • Narrowing of the achievement gap in Sonoma County
  • Increased rate of regular high school graduation¬†
  • Decreased delinquency and crime rates
  • Decreased need to access social services as adults

Target Population


  • Early Childhood (0 -5)

Service Area


  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)