Early Childhood Development |

Gene analysis reveals vital data on kids at risk for cancer

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| Children's Hospital Los Angeles is among the providers advancing genetic analysis that can uncover with certainty if a child will develop diseases like eye cancer.

Kindergarten parents line up for few spots in choice schools

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Parents are pitching tents to secure a seat in L.A. Unified’s advanced kindergarten program at Mar Vista Elementary. Some pay others to line up for them.

Los Angeles Unified considers killing preschool program

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A proposal to save money by eliminating a popular preschool program for low-income families has drawn the ire of more than 100 parents, teachers and tiny students.

As smoking declines, so do revenues to fund preschool

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Users are giving up smoking, so the search is underway to find another source of revenue to fund preschools that operate with tobacco tax revenues.

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What to tell your child when a caregiver dies

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When young children encounter the loss of someone close like a caregiver, what should parents do to explain death and help their sons and daughters cope?

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Cleaner LA air means kids' lungs are much healthier, USC study finds

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A new study finds that improvements in local air quality over 20 years has resulted in kids whose lungs are nearly as healthy as those who live in clean-air zones.

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In search of good, Spanish-language kids books

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Educators advise parents to look for books beyond Spanish versions of popular English books and seek out literature that offers rich language.

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Child care bill seeks to expand subsidies, allow unions

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A new bill aims to increase the number of subsidized child care spaces for low-income families and allow child care providers to unionize.

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