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 Regional Transit has identified a way to find entry-level mechanics to replace the dozen or so mechanics who retire or leave the agency every year.
Some Sacramento high school students are getting their poetry in front of a lot of people this fall. You'll have to get on a bus to read them.
California schools are limited in how much of a foreign language they can use to help English learner students. Prop. 58 would undo those limits.
Proposition 58 eliminates a law that schools teach students in English only.
Each spring, a group of UC Davis student scientists and their professors take a whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon to study a river that sustains 40 million people. Capital Public Radio’s Amy Quinton traveled with them.