Early Childhood Development |

Testing preschoolers has changed shape in California

Deepa Fernandes / KPCC
| When No Child Left Behind became law in 2002, Head Start educators had to administer standardized tests in order to get federal funding. A lot has changed since then.

New Year's resolutions that kids can make — and keep

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We adults may not be the greatest resolution-keepers, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t encourage our kids to start the year right.

One man's pursuit of universal preschool

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Compton school board president thinks preschool is the answer to many of Compton's bigger issues, like poverty and unemployment.

Wealthy school district opts out of Transitional Kindergarten

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State law requires school districts to provide Transitional Kindergarten to get state funding. One rich district in San Mateo County says it doesn't need the money.

Preschool advocates encouraged by federal, state budget news

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If passed, the bi-partisan federal budget deal will bring some much needed funding back to Head Start. In Sacramento, Democrats are pushing for preschool funding.

Study: Traffic pollution triples risk of autism in at-risk kids

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USC researchers find the risk for autism is heightened when children who have a certain gene mutation are exposed to high levels of pollution.

To teach toddlers gratitude, connect it to happiness

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At the East Los Angeles College Child Development Center, teachers use stories and role playing to teach gratitude year-round. Here's how they do it.

Study: kids in poverty have smaller brains

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Researchers found that children exposed to poverty from an early age had smaller “brain volumes” in the regions of the brain that process emotions and memory.