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.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson is scheduled to visit John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento today to see one of Kennedy's after school programs - a robotics lab. Torlakson is urging state lawmakers to approve more funding for similar programs.
Ralph Hexter addressed the media for the first time Thursday as Interim Chancellor at UC Davis.
(AP) — State officials want a Las Vegas judge to speed up his decision on Nevada's sweeping new school choice program.
Four hundred people have already signed up to attend the event being held this afternoon and evening.
(AP) — State officials have hired an organization that will help recruit high-quality charter school operators to expand into Nevada's neediest neighborhoods.