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.
Number Of 'Significantly Disengaged' Kids At Sacramento Public Schools Has Skyrocketed During The PandemicFebruary 15, 2021
Before the pandemic closed schools, only a few dozen kids at Sacramento City Unified schools missed three days a week of school or more. Now, that number is almost a thousand.
Schools would only qualify in counties with lower infection rates. Kindergarten through sixth grade is prioritized in the governor’s $2-billion plan, which would need the Legislature’s approval.
The Folsom Cordova Unified School Board voted for its students to return to classrooms part time. It comes in anticipation of schools in the county getting the greenlight to reopen after moving into the red tier of California’s reopening guidelines.
Without clear guidance from the state, coronavirus testing remains a contentious and costly issue as more school districts inch toward reopening.
A closely watched report commissioned by Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for more local discretion and tighter regulation of charter schools.
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