Early Childhood Development |

Why tiny brains are getting massive attention in the California governor's race

| Early childhood advocates have been working for years ahead of the election to make sure the top candidates are thinking about the state's youngest constituents.

28,000 LA preschoolers are learning how to be better humans

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In the L.A. Unified School District, 28,000 preschoolers are getting hands-on training in how to build friendships, be empathetic and self-aware.

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More kids are getting access to pre-K in California, but it's largely quantity over quality

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More state leaders are putting funding into preschool programs, but the quality of those programs isn't keeping pace with the quantity, according to a new report.

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Here's yet another reason to read to your baby

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"Reading and play really does change the way your child approaches their feelings, their behavior and, ultimately, their readiness to learn," said researcher Alan Mendelsohn.

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LA County launches new plan to help black babies live

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In L.A. County, black babies are three times more likely than white babies to die in the first year of life. The county has a new five-year action plan to reduce that disparity by 30 percent.

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Infants and toddlers eligible for child care aren't getting it

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While more than half of babies and toddlers in L.A. County are eligible for state subsidized care, only 6 percent are getting them.

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Kids in child care are losing access to healthy food program

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Participation in a program that aims to provide healthy meals to children in child care is dwindling. Advocates want the state to chip in more so providers will join.

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Putting early childhood education in the heart of Santa Monica

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Officials broke ground Tuesday on a 20,000-square-foot early learning center, right across from City Hall. It will serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

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