California needs to prepare more children for kindergarten.
California needs more parents to work.
State budget cuts are undermining both goals.
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The Bay Citizen, the new journalistic enterprise, has the story of how state budget cuts are beginning to force the closure of some pre-schools that provide extended child care -- the kind of 12-hour coverage that permit working parents to, well, work.
But these kinds of extended-day preschools have been targeted for cuts (The half-day programs have been protected). So kids get less preparation and parents find it harder to work. How does this make sense?