Early Childhood Development |

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.

Coming soon to a daycare near you: No more smoking


Assembly approves to extend ban on smoking in child-care centers to all times of the day, even when children are not present.

Nonprofits get nearly $1m to train parents to advocate


Both Los Angeles groups said they will train parents in minority communities to influence how L.A. Unified spends new statewide funding.

Fussy babies watch more TV as toddlers.


New study finds fussy infants were more likely to watch more TV every day as toddlers, though the differences were small. Could this be a parental coping strategy?

Is kindergarten too easy? New research says yes


Research shows 5-year-olds are capable of more complex learning than we throw at them. But should children be pushed more academically in kindergarten?


Childcare subsidy bill seeks to increase provider training


The Child Care and Development Block Grant would require states to invest in training for early childhood workers. It would also provide some stability for families.

Bellflower childcare provider becomes advocate for change


Bellflower childcare provider Tonia McMillian has become an advocate for her peers. He next goals? Unionization and a voice in state policy decisions.

Study: talking to pre-term babies helps language development


New study links increased communication with premature infants in NICU with increased language development into toddler-hood.