Early Childhood Development |

New budget bodes well for state child care programs

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| The budget adds nearly 3,000 full-day slots in state preschools in the next fiscal year. It also addresses the unintended consequences of increases to the minimum wage.

Big funding boost trickles down to California's littlest artists

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The state arts agency is awarding $15 million in grants — nearly double the amount last year. For the first time, this includes support for programs for kids 0-5.

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English Learners start off ahead in kindergarten with TK

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California kids whose primary language is not English do better in kindergarten if they attend transitional kindergarten programs when they’re four.

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Bill would fund training for caretakers of traumatized kids

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Nearly 20 percent of Los Angeles County’s children have experienced at least two traumatic events, including abuse, neglect, or poverty. And that number spikes when you're talking about kids in foster care

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Most kids eligible for subsidized childcare in CA are not enrolled

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Only 13 percent of eligible families are using subsidized childcare. That number drops to 11 percent for Latino families, and eight percent for Asian families.

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Home visits for new moms — CA considers $100 million program

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The California Assembly is considering spending $100 million dollars to give 12,000 new mothers and their babies access to home visits from a nurse or social worker.

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Gov. Brown restores promised California child care funding

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In his revised budget, Brown restored $500 million dollars in child care funding he'd slashed in his January spending plan. The money means California will stay on track to add nearly 3,000 new preschool slots for low-income children.

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Bilingual pre-K coming to more LA Unified schools

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Principals at two Los Angeles Unified schools with dual-language immersion classes tout the benefits for young children whose capacity to learn languages is facilitated by their still-growing brains.

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