The state’s First 5 commission produced 30-second TV spots encouraging parents to read, talk and sing more to their young children.
Doctor Richard Pan chairs the Assembly Health Committee. He says interaction is an important part of child development.
“Certainly as a pediatrician, when I talk to parents, we talk about how important it is engage,” says Pan. “We talk about how important it is to connect with young children.”
Lower income children are reportedly read to much less than more affluent children. Assemblymember Roger Dickinson says about 70 percent of brain development happens in those crucial first three years.
“If a child is not reading at third grade level by the time they’re in third grade, the chance are they will never catch up.”
The legislature is considering a range of early childhood development bills including universal pre-school for four-year-olds and state funded daycare for babies and toddlers.
Each spring, a group of UC Davis student scientists and their professors take a whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon to study a river that sustains 40 million people. Capital Public Radio’s Amy Quinton traveled with them.
Yuba City teachers picketed for the second day in a row outside of schools demanding a 13 percent raise for the previous school year.
(AP) - California's schools have agreed to ensure language education for 1.4 million students who are designated as English learners.
After a three-year void, California has implemented a new method to judge public school performance. The replacement for the heavily criticized A-P-I scores the state used to produce is drawing its own criticism.
Yuba City teachers went on strike this morning as about half of the students were absent as well. About 100 high school students staged a walkout before noon.