Early Childhood Development |

One man's pursuit of universal preschool

Deepa Fernandes / KPCC
| 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


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


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


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


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


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.

LA Unified unveils swanky new preschool in Glassell Park


Until now, the district offered no pre-kindergarten classes in Glassell Park, which is majority Latino and low-income. Parents pay $2 to $17.75 a day, based on income.

New study: achievement gap begins at 18 months


Stanford researchers found the language gap between children of low socio-economic groups and their more well-to-do peers begins as young as 18 months old.