Early Childhood Development |

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.

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.

Do boys' brains develop slower than girls?

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Magazine articles and mommy blogs says boys' brains just aren't ready for the increasingly academic rigors of preschool. Is it true?

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Successful Family Literacy program at LA schools to close

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A read along program that taught parents how to read with their kids showed gains that lasted well into elementary school. But it's grant has run out.

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How young is too young to be suspended from school?

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Nationwide, thousands of kids are suspended from preschool, which is becoming more and more academic. Experts say expulsion rates drop when teachers are coached.

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Dads: bills would give you access to infant changing tables

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A new feature may be coming to men's restrooms: infant changing tables. Two bills in Sacramento seek to ensure equal access for men in public places.

New studies laud state preschools, transitional kindergarten

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Two separate studies out Wednesday by nonprofit groups dig into California's Head Start and "transitional kindergarten" - mostly bringing good news.