Early Childhood Development |

After losing her son, this LA mom's mission is saving black babies

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| After Raena Granberry lost her first baby, she turned her grief and anger into action. Now she does community outreach for a group that's working to close the gap.

How the black infant mortality crisis touched my family

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Black babies in the U.S. are twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies. KPCC's Priska Neely has a personal connection to this issue.

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Being a dad is awesome. And these LA dads are living proof.

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KPCC In Person recently held a conversation with a panel of men who shared their experiences of fatherhood. The ultimate takeaway: Being a dad is awesome and we should talk about that more.

Why tiny brains are getting massive attention in the California governor's race

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Early childhood advocates have been working for years ahead of the election to make sure the top candidates are thinking about the state's youngest constituents.

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28,000 LA preschoolers are learning how to be better humans

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In the L.A. Unified School District, 28,000 preschoolers are getting hands-on training in how to build friendships, be empathetic and self-aware.

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More kids are getting access to pre-K in California, but it's largely quantity over quality

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More state leaders are putting funding into preschool programs, but the quality of those programs isn't keeping pace with the quantity, according to a new report.

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Here's yet another reason to read to your baby

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"Reading and play really does change the way your child approaches their feelings, their behavior and, ultimately, their readiness to learn," said researcher Alan Mendelsohn.

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LA County launches new plan to help black babies live

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In L.A. County, black babies are three times more likely than white babies to die in the first year of life. The county has a new five-year action plan to reduce that disparity by 30 percent.

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