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.
(AP) - The head of the school district in Reno, Nevada where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student is praising the quick response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation.
Sacramento City Unified already has anti-deportation policies in place. This evening it will vote to be known as a “Safe Haven” for undocumented children and children of undocumented parents.
California schools can now apply to receive millions of dollars of computer supplies—part of a decade-old payout from a class-action settlement against Microsoft.
The head of the National Society of Black Engineers, Karl Reid, was in Sacramento Tuesday to take part in a forum at Washington Elementary School to get more low-income children of color on the right pathway to careers in science and engineering.
A new program aims to ensure that every first grader attending an economically disadvantaged school in Sacramento county has books at home.