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San Francisco, CA — A majority of California voters favor lowering the age limit for kids to attend pre-school despite additional cost.

A new Field Poll found most voters in California feel it’s very important to make publicly supported pre-school available to all of the state’s four-year-olds, regardless of their parents’ income.

The poll also found that Californians overwhelmingly support the state’s recently created transitional kindergarten program, which provides an optional extra year of kindergarten to four-year- olds who turn five between September and December, by a two to one margin.

In addition, 57% believe it would be worth the nearly $1.4 billion cost to provide all four-year-olds an additional year of schooling before they start kindergarten.  34% of voters were against that idea.

Field Poll conducted the study with EdSource, a non-profit educational research and policy organization. Executive Director of EdSource Louis Freedberg says, “What is especially striking [in this poll] is that there is majority support not only from parents with young children but from the overall registered voter population for these policies.”

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