Early Childhood Development |

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.

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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Infants and toddlers eligible for child care aren't getting it

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While more than half of babies and toddlers in L.A. County are eligible for state subsidized care, only 6 percent are getting them.

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Kids in child care are losing access to healthy food program

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Participation in a program that aims to provide healthy meals to children in child care is dwindling. Advocates want the state to chip in more so providers will join.

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Putting early childhood education in the heart of Santa Monica

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Officials broke ground Tuesday on a 20,000-square-foot early learning center, right across from City Hall. It will serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

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Home day cares are disappearing across California

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Jackie Jackson closed her home day care in Azusa after 17 years because she could no longer make ends meet. It's one of thousands the state has lost since 2008.

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How parents can help change the culture of sexual harassment

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As reports emerge about men abusing their power to harass women, parenting and early childhood experts see an opportunity for parents to help break the cycle.

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Legislators are paying attention to 4-year-olds

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There are about half a million four-year-olds in California and lawmakers are thinking about them. Two bill have been introduced will goals to expand pre-K.

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