Early Childhood Development |

The future toll of toxic stress on fetuses

Photo by Frank de Kleine via Flickr Creative Commons
| When there's toxic stress in pregnancy, fetuses develop a greater risk for mental disorders later on in life.

Integrating schools means integrating parents, too

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A story of families are seeking out integration for its own sake, and realizing along the way that it can be just as challenging—if not more so—for the parents as it is for the kids.

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Kids who move together cooperate better

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Unfamiliar 4-year-olds who swung on swing sets in sync were able to cooperate better on tasks than the kids who swung to their own rhythm.

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When parents are glued to their phone, kids lose out

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Language skills don't just come from the quantity of words a kid hears, but also the quality of interactions—the back and forth in a conversation. One of the worst disruptions researchers found? Cellphones.

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Expanding transitional kindergarten – even at a cost

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East Whittier City School District is expanding its program for the state’s newest grade: transitional kindergarten (TK).

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Finding the right 'recipe' for a preschool ratings system

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As California’s rating system for preschools transitions from federal funding to state and county support, educators are reflecting on what has worked and what might still need to be fine-tuned.

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How LA's multi-heritage kids navigate their identity

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The rise of mixed-race families raises challenges that might not be easy for parents and their young children to navigate.

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Money for early education disappears in Brown's budget proposal

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Preschoolers from low-income families waiting for a preschool seat may not get it in 2017 if Governor Jerry Brown’s austere budget proposal passes.

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