All articles by Lillian Mongeau
The message that it’s critically important to later learning for parents and caregivers to speak, sing and read to young children has hit prime time. Two popular TV shows, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and ABC’s “The Fosters,” have recently featured characters talking about the cognitive gains that come from talking to children.
July 31, 2014
After nearly two decades, bilingual education in California could be about to stage a resurgence. Since the passage of Proposition 227 in 1998, it has been illegal to teach public school children in a language other than English without express permission from their parents, among other requirements. That could be about to change.
July 29, 2014
Hillary Clinton spoke at Oakland's Benioff Children's Hospital about her new campaign to get parents to spend more time talking, singing and reading to their young children. Oakland will be the second city – the first was Tulsa, Oklahoma – to receive a concentrated dose of messaging about the importance of verbally engaging infants and toddlers.
July 23, 2014
In a new national poll conducted by a bipartisan research team, respondents voiced their strong support for expanding public preschool, echoing other recent surveys on the issue. Seven in 10 of the registered voters polled in a demographically and geographically representative sample said they supported the proposal before Congress to increase spending on early childhood initiatives.
July 17, 2014
Home visiting nurses like Patty Leal offer pregnancy advice, monitor child development and explain parenting techniques to women who are young, low-income, or struggling with domestic abuse. They begin working with new mothers in the first or second trimester and continue until the child turns 2.
July 14, 2014
Merely a week after proposing that transitional kindergarten become a program for all 4-year-olds from low-income families, state Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg plans to drop that language in deference to a budget deal that would send more money to the existing state preschool program.