Study: Central Valley Youth Falling Behind Rest Of State

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The study is by the Great Valley Center – a Modesto-based think-tank led by David Hosley.  

“We’re not making very much progress in helping our children be successful.”   

Using data from the state, the report finds that kids in the Central Valley are less likely to be enrolled in preschool or take classes required for college enrollment.

Hosley says his biggest concern is the dropout rate in the Central Valley. It’s at 25%. 

“…and you simply aren’t going to have the people to do the work with the skills that you need in 2020, 2030 and 2040. It could be a disaster in terms of our future.”   

The study recommends more investment in early childhood education to prepare kids for school. It also says businesses and schools can help fight poverty by collaborating on building a skilled workforce.