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.
Sacramento State University President Robert S. Nelsen delivered his Fall Address Thursday, outlining his priorities and announcing a record fall enrollment for the school.
Sacramento State will start its Fall semester with a record number of incoming first-year students. But that's not the only record.
(AP) - A growing teacher shortage has left district officials across the San Francisco Bay Area scrambling to fill classrooms, with critical shortages in science, math, special education and bilingual education.
Some civil rights groups are charging discrimination in access to physical education in California schools. They say public schools have not satisfied their legal obligation to provide quality physical education to Latino and African-American kids.
The first day of school is about two weeks away for some districts in California. While the kids may have spent summer lazing, it's been a busy one for districts across that state as they scramble to hire teachers.