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Preschool access varies wildly across L.A. County and the state

Valerie Oropeza plays at the Martha Escutia Primary Center during recess. Oropeza is part of the transitional kindergarten program, which offers children with birthdays between September and December a developmentally appropriate curriculum between preschool and kindergarten.
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File photo of a child in transitional kindergarten.

Seventy-one percent of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a licensed center or transitional kindergarten for at least half of the day. But access to those programs varies wildly in L.A. County and across the state.

That’s according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, and the American Institutes for Research (AIR), which breaks down pre-k access county by county.

Read more and take a look at maps that paint a fuller picture on LAist.