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California’s preschools are deeply segregated, new report finds

October 14, 2016
Deepa Fernandes

Preschools around the United States and in California are deeply segregated, a new report from Penn State finds.

Around the country, white children are overwhelmingly going to preschool with only other white children, and more than half of all black and Latino children under five attend preschool where 90 percent of the students are children of color.

That’s also the case in California, one of two states with the lowest enrollment of white children in public preschool programs.

In fact, a smaller proportion of white children in California are enrolled in public preschools than in the state’s K-12 public school, the report finds.