FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Legislation to help dual language learners and improve access to child care was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday – as part of an effort to improve access to education for children across the state.
Bills signed by Newsom during his visit to Fresno include AB1363, which develops procedures to identify and report data on dual-language learners at state preschools, and SB 393, which improves access to child care for migrant agricultural workers by aligning voucher-based child care programs.
The governor also used the opportunity to highlight the California Comeback Plan. The $123.9 billion Pre-K and K-12 education package is set to provide inclusive pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds beginning in 2022-23, with full implementation anticipated by 2025-26. It is also designed to reduce class sizes, cutting adult-to-child ratios to an average of one adult for every 12 children.
“In California, we are committed to transforming our public schools to promote equity, inclusivity and opportunity for every student,” said Governor Newsom. “Building upon this year’s historic budget investments in universal Pre-K and college savings accounts, these bills will improve access to a good education for children across California so that every child can thrive, regardless of their race, language spoken at home or zip code.”