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.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty introduced three pieces of legislation on Tuesday aiming to provide free preschool to 100,000 more children from low and middle-income households. Similar programs exist in other states — but could it work in California?
There are likely tens-of-thousands of former California State University students who dropped out of college even though when they were within sight of getting their degree. I was one of them.
The Sacramento City Unified School District says its budget deficit is actually $28.5 million, which is $4.5 million more than previously estimated.
The two finalists for California’s state schools chief faced off in a debate Tuesday night in a race that pits teachers unions against charter school advocates.
Sacramento City Unified School District has been warned for months to balance its budget and is now being ordered. Which programs or positions will be cut has not been determined.