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.
Robert S. Nelsen, Sacramento State's new president, started his first day on the job Wednesday.
Washington Elementary, one of seven schools in the city of Sacramento that closed two years ago because of budget cuts, will reopen next year.
Sports teams using the nickname “Redskins” are coming under increased pressure nationally to abandon the name. A bill at the state Capitol would make California the first state to ban public schools from using “Redskins” as their nickname or mascot.
School's out for summer...prompting school officials in Sacramento to ask people to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on campuses.
California high schools are now formally recognizing bilingual students by awarding biliteracy medals and seals to graduating seniors in an effort to recognize students' dual language abilities.