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    "Literally the sky is the learning limit for our four- to five-year-olds in the LAUP program." Susan Talebian, Teacher 
    Children who attend preschool are 5 times more likely to own a home at age 27.
     
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    HISTORY

    It's been more than 10 years since California voters approved Proposition 10, a 1998 ballot initiative that added a 50 cent-per pack tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products to help fund programs for children. Before that time, little attention to funding was given to Early Care and Education programs in the state. Since the passage of Proposition 10, revenue has been generated to provide funding for community health care, quality child care and education programs for young children and families, customized to meet local needs.

    From this revenue, First 5 California was formed, and subsequently created 58 local agencies around the state such as First 5 LA to support the proper care and development of children between the ages of birth to five-years-old. After much research and the creation of a Universal Preschool master plan, First 5 LA established and funded Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) as an independent non-profit organization. 

    Since 2005, LAUP has supported the operation and/or development of more than 640 preschools in Los Angeles County, touching the lives of over 115,000 children through enriching curricula and nurturing environments aimed to best prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.