Early Childhood Development |

State lawmaker seeks to restore early education funding

Deepa Fernandes / KPCC
| Assemblyman Kevin McCarty says he's putting pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown to restore promised new funding for early education.

NYC seeks to offer free preschool for 3-year-olds

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Plans by New York Mayor Bill De Blasio would expand universal preschool from 4-year-olds to 3-year-olds, raising the question: what's California doing?

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LAUSD to pilot an expanded dual-language preschool program

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L.A. Unified School Board members approved a pilot program that expands "dual-language immersion" instruction to up to eight preschool classrooms next school year.

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Bill aims to make being a foster parent easier

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A new state bill aims to help make being a foster parent easier and thereby decrease the use of group homes for small children.

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LA lacks foster care families for infants, toddlers

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Facing a continuing shortage of foster homes, Los Angeles County is hoping to make it easier for foster parents to take in very young children.

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Girls 'learn' early that math isn't for them

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Researcher Andrew Meltzoff wanted to know how young children are when they "catch" stereotypes saying girls are bad at math. He found that stereotypes are ingrained by second grade.

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When kids learn words, quality may mean more than quantity

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Researchers often focus on how many words young children hear and learn – but for young children of immigrants, how they're using words may matter just as much.

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What happens if you expose babies to 6 weeks of waltzes?

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Dr. Patricia Kuhl, one of the world's top experts on language development in babies, says her research with 9-month-olds found music boosts cognition.

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