Early Childhood Development |

Premature births are on the rise in LA and across the U.S.

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| The rates of preterm birth ticked up for the third year in a row, according to the latest premature birth report card from the nonprofit March of Dimes.

Report finds gaps remain in access to child care, preschool attendance

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A new report out from the research and advocacy group Children Now provides a snapshot of education and health for kids across the state.

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New Law Aims To Reduce Pre-Schoolers' High Expulsion Rate

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Preschoolers are three times more likely to be expelled than K-12 students. California has passed a new law that aims to lower that rate by giving state-funded pre-school programs more money if they hire consultants who are experts in early childhood mental health.

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Empowering black moms to say: 'I want to breastfeed'

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Black moms are much less likely to breastfeed, compared to women of other races and ethnicities. More and more support groups are trying to change that.

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Creating a safe space for moms to navigate their grief

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Hundreds of new and expectant parents gathered  in Pasadena over the weekend to get tips and resources on everything from breastfeeding to baby wearing at a convention called MommyCon.

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Preschool access varies wildly depending on where kids live

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Seventy-one percent of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a licensed center or school setting. But access to those programs varies wildly across L.A. County and the state.

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Empowering moms – and dads – in the black infant mortality crisis

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Ohio has some of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation. Community organizations are working to give parents tangible tools to help, with a focus on dads.

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Saving black babies by saving a neighborhood

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The Castlemont neighborhood in East Oakland is known as a Best Babies Zone. The idea of the initiative is that improving life for all residents will ultimately save babies.

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