Early Childhood Development |

This preschool dream is a nightmare for some neighbors

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| On a quiet street in Santa Monica, a teacher purchased a house with the goal of turning it into a non-profit business — a preschool. Many of the neighbors object.

Gardening on wheels: La Troka hits the streets

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La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is taking its gardening workshops on the road with mobile classroom. La Troka made its first stop Wednesday.

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A new school helps preschool teachers feel professional

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Educare Long Beach is part of a model that aims to use high-quality preschools to improve outcomes for kids in low-income areas. Teacher training is a big component.

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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.

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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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