Early Childhood Development |

Federal education officials to fund preschool expansion

Deepa Fernandes / KPCC
| While nowhere near the massive universal preschool plan proposed, Department of Education announces $250 million in preschool expansion grants.

Zero-interest loans keeping childcare centers afloat

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A loan program from a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay area is helping child care providers weather the uncertainties of waiting for state reimbursement.

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Half of US children have suffered trauma, report says

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The most common difficulty children faced was economic hardships. California kids fared a little better than the national average.

Can a 4-year-old learn from online preschool?

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For years, websites have offered free preschool handouts or activity guides. Now, parents can get an entire preschool curriculum from a computer.

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Civil Grand Jury criticizes First 5 LA's priorities, spending

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The L.A. County Civil Grand Jury slams First 5 over administrative overhead, planning and follow through on initiatives.

Parent coaching program helps babies with 'toxic stress'

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An innovative program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles tries to head off mental health issues in older children by improving their home lives when they're babies.

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Preschool spending makes the cut in budget deal

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Lawmakers approved $268 million for expanding preschool access and improving quality of programs. The bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature.

California budget agreement expands subsidized preschool

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California's littlest children stand to gain from next year's budget: more infant care and preschool access for low-income families.