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.
Not everyone is happy with the revised budget proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown. But he does have the approval of the Community College system. Brown attended the Community College Board of Governors meeting today.
Mira Loma High School took home the top prize at the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl Monday morning in Washington DC.
(AP) - In ongoing efforts to diversify Silicon Valley's tech sector, Google is embedding engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities where they teach, mentor and advise on curriculum.
(AP) - A Senate budget committee has passed a bill backed by Gov. Brian Sandoval that would implement a broad anti-bullying program throughout Nevada's school system.
Three days after Heald College closed, thousands of students went back to campus today. They were there to pick up transcripts and to gather information to help them decide what to do next.