Los Angeles Universal Preschool Programs, Children Served, and Children's Progress in the Preschool Year: Final Report of the First 5 LA Universal Preschool Child Outcomes Study

Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Jun 24, 2009
Authors
John M. Love, Sally Atkins-Burnett, Cheri Vogel, Nikki Aikens, Yange Xue, Maricar Mabutas, Barbara Lepidus Carlson, Emily Sama Martin, Nora Paxton, Margaret Caspe, Susan Sprachman, and Kathy Sonnenfeld

In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the citizen initiative that levied a tax on tobacco products and earmarked the revenues to advance child and family development, health, education, and safety from pregnancy until children enter kindergarten. Funds flow from the state treasury to the California Children and Families Commission, known as First 5 California, and to the 58 county commissions. The largest of these, First 5 LA, has as its mission "to make significant and measurable progress towards our vision by increasing the number of children from the prenatal stage through age 5 who are physically and emotionally healthy, safe, and ready to learn" (First 5 LA 2008).