California to add child care, transitional kindergarten slots in budget deal

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California will add thousands of additional transitional kindergarten and child care slots for young children, according to a budget deal taking shape at the Capitol, while falling short of a broader program expansion Democratic lawmakers originally proposed. The Legislature’s budget-writing committee met late into the night Wednesday, convening for the first time in nearly a week to close out a range of budget issues dealing with education, local government and other subjects. The panel is expected to finish its work Thursday, with legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown on the verge of announcing a final deal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The agreement will include $264…

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