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 State has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art education building that will include high tech teaching labs for the Biology and Chemistry departments.
The University of California wants to increase its undergraduate population by about 5 percent.
Dyslexia is a common learning disability. About 20 percent of Americans are estimated to be living with it. Yet it can be difficult for kids with dyslexia to get the right kind of educational services. A new law in California seeks to make it easier.
(AP) - The Sacramento Bee reports that El Dorado County schools chief Jeremy Meyers resigned yesterday, 11 days after his second drunk driving arrest this year.
Sacramento State is putting some more money toward diversity efforts.