Early Childhood Development |

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.

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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When deportation fears keep kids out of preschool

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Head Start centers that serve children of farmworkers in Florida have seen a 43 percent drop in enrollment this year. Teachers blame fear of deportation.

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Report: Head Start funding is inadequate for California's poor kids

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Head Start funding and access is uneven across the states, according to new report. California programs don't have enough funds to provide quality services to all eligible children.

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The long-term payoff of preschool — according to economists

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In a new report, economists found a 13 percent return on investment from public preschool spending. That's nearly twice the amount they'd previously estimated.