Despite high need and recruiting push, preschool seats sit empty

Only half of California’s families will be able to find a spot in a preschool for their children when school begins, but at Twin Rivers Unified many of the seats are going unclaimed.

Many districts say it’s the stringent state and federal income eligibility requirements that are keeping students away from preschool and leaving seats empty. Others cite the programs’ inflexible, mostly half-day hours, which make it difficult for low-income working families who need more options.

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