Early Childhood Development |

Preschool with a focus on children's mental health

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| A program in downtown LA seeks to get young children ready for school by addressing family trauma holistically.

California's transitional kindergarten growing

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As California's transitional kindergarten program has expanded, more schools are providing all TK-classrooms rather than mixed TK and Kindergarten classes, study finds.

LAUSD doubles expanded transitional kindergarten slots

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Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education Tuesday is more than doubling the number of schools offering transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds at the district's low-income schools.

More preschool seats coming to LA in state budget plan

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Scores of new preschool seats could open in L.A. under the new state budget, but the gains represent just a fraction of the slots that have been lost since the recession.

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Budget plan preserves transitional kindergarten, adds preschool spots

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The final budget plan rejected an initial proposal to consolidate all of the state's early childhood funding into a block grant.

Transitional kindergarten debate hinges on neediest students

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Gov. Jerry Brown believes that state early education funds should only go to the neediest students. But advocates say a plan to do that could hurt poor kids anyway.

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Bringing brain development 101 to kids who miss preschool

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A social service agency is trying to train parents in child development skills in an attempt to close gaps between kids who attend preschool and kids who don't.

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Preschool advocates dismayed at Brown's plan

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Governor doesn’t believe the state should pay for middle- and upper-income children to attend transitional kindergarten, says analyst at the California Department of Finance.