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California ranked near bottom in economic security for kids

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| The KIDS COUNT report finds California improved the health status of its children, but dropped next to last in providing for their economic well-being.

Good social skills in kindergarten predicts better life outcomes, study shows

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Sharing and playing nice in kindergarten may be more important than academics when it comes to attending college, holding a job and avoiding prison later in life.

Weight gain in women may be rooted in childhood, study says

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A new study finds childhood stress, even more than adult stress, may cause women to gain weight as they get older.

In Scandinavia, universal preschool is a given

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Parents, regardless of income, can count on preschool for all children in Scandinavian countries like Denmark and Norway. Might they be a model for California?

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Vaccination opponents pledge referendum, court challenge to mandatory vaccination law

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Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law one of the toughest school vaccine restrictions in the country.

State law change to allow more 4-year-olds in preschool

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Los Angeles Unified officials helped lobby for more state dollars to fund transitional kindergarten.

Kindergartener's 'great' year of Mandarin immersion

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After nine months seeing her daughter learn largely in Mandarin, a Duarte parent's doubts about the dual immersion program are dispelled.

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Experts: More diversity among publishers needed

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Guest speakers at KPCC's event on diverse literature say a diverse publishing industry can lead to more quality, non-English books for kids.

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