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Preschool Quality Makes Big Impact on Smallest L.A. County Residents

Multi-year Research Study Data Reveals a Nurturing Environment is Critical for Young Children from Spanish-language Households Learning English

LOS ANGELES — First 5 LA released the latest edition of the Universal Preschool Child Outcomes Study (UPCOS), highlighting the impact quality teachers, nurturing environments and interactive and tailored approaches to learning have on children, in particular for dual-language learners from Spanish-speaking households.

The multi-year UPCOS study covers over a decade of First 5 LA’s investment in Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) preschool programs and has implications in the areas of workforce development, dual language learners, and the quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The findings underscore the need for multiple education and training opportunities for Early Care and Education (ECE) teachers and caregivers at all levels.

“This research further validates what’s been learned across the nation: implementing a quality rating improvement system positively impacts children and propels them onto a successful academic path. With our partners, we are striving to increase the number of early learning programs participating in QRIS, so these beneficial outcomes can impact more and more families throughout L.A. County and California,” Scott Hippert, LAUP chief executive officer, said.

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