Early Childhood Development |

Benefits of preschool could save districts dollars

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| A study finds that participation in high-quality early childhood education increased graduation rates, and reduced special education placement and grade retention.

Training social workers to look out for baby – and mom

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Social work interns training with the L.A. County Department of Children and Families Services are getting training to spot signs of maternal depression and anxiety.

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It's getting even harder to hire preschool teachers

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Wages for early educators are among the lowest of any profession, so turnover is usually high. California’s grade for 4-year-olds has exacerbated issues.

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Big Bird and Elmo want to help kids process trauma

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A third of young children in California have experienced trauma. The Sesame Workshop created a set of materials aimed to help kids feel safe and cope with sadness.

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Kids' mobile screen time rates have tripled in four years

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Kids under 8 spend an average of 48 minutes per day using mobile devices. Doctors think that's a bad idea — but most parents don't know that.

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A barrier removed for low-income parents seeking education

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Under a bill signed into law last week, poor parents enrolled in English or G.E.D. courses will be eligible for subsidized child care.

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For many, the path to juvenile detention may start at home

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A new study finds that for most youth coming out of L.A. County juvenile detention, the child protective system had received a warning about their mistreatment as kids.

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As funding looms, tribal home visiting programs are at risk

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The funding that supports many nurse visits, health screenings and group meetings runs out Sept. 30, leaving local Native American families vulnerable.

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