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California Offers Child Care Subsidies for Infants and Toddlers, But Only 9% of Those Eligible Enroll

May 17, 2017
California Offers Child Care Subsidies for Infants and Toddlers, But Only 9% of Those Eligible Enroll Only 9 percent of eligible infants and toddlers have state-subsidized child care. California’s day cares have the capacity to only take 25 percent of the state’s children who are 2 and younger. The number of spots available drops even lower when you take into account day cares that are willing to accept subsidies.

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Immigrant Communities Are Prepping Children in Case Parents Don’t Come Home

May 11, 2017
Immigrant Communities Are Prepping Children in Case Parents Don’t Come Home By Marty Graham Mixed-immigration status families here are feverishly planning in the event that they are divided by deportations. The most common of many scenarios is that undocumented parents could be deported, leaving their children who are U.S. citizens behind.

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How Children Are Swept Up in California’s Opioid Crisis

May 9, 2017
How Children Are Swept Up in California’s Opioid Crisis By Derek Walter Doctors across the state say that in addition to treating more babies who are born with an addiction, they’re seeing an increase in children and teens who are addicted to opiates, a class of highly-addictive drugs.

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Baja, San Diego Schools Prepare for Deported Students

May 4, 2017
Baja, San Diego Schools Prepare for Deported Students By Marty Graham On Monday, the San Diego school district – the second largest in the state - announced it will collaborate with Baja schools to make sure that kids are getting compatible and similar education on both sides of the border.

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Anxiety Grips California Students Amid Immigration Crackdown

May 4, 2017
Anxiety Grips California Students Amid Immigration Crackdown By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Amid news of stepped-up deportation efforts under President Donald Trump, many students with an undocumented parent are living in fear that their families will be torn apart. 

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Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality

March 23, 2017
Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality By Linda Childers Launched in 2013, the Asthma Impact Model, focuses on helping low-income families in the Central Valley better manage their children’s asthma, thus avoiding ER visits. The program was designed by the Central California Asthma Collaborative and Clinica Sierra Vista, a Fresno health clinic.

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Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus

March 20, 2017
Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus To combat high absentee rates, a Fresno middle school has put a health clinic on campus. It’s a full-blown clinic, which features primary-care services, pediatric care and immunizations. The school district said during a board meeting last year that the free clinics would be paid for by health providers and federal subsidies.

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Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall

March 12, 2017
Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall For youths on probation, the club is an Evening Reporting Center, which provides an alternative to juvenile hall. Those assigned to the center by the Ventura County Probation Agency must attend the Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Center every day after school, usually for between 20 and 45 days.

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With Legalization of Marijuana, Health Teachers Struggle to Find Right Tone

March 6, 2017
With Legalization of Marijuana, Health Teachers Struggle to Find Right Tone Californians voted to legalize adult use of marijuana last November, but the change in law has introduced a quandary for health educators who teach teens about drug use.

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How California Schools Are Bringing Mindfulness Into the Classroom

February 27, 2017
How California Schools Are Bringing Mindfulness Into the Classroom At Florence Griffith Joyner, the teachers have been trained as part of a UCLA program called Calm Classroom. Kate Sheehan, the managing director of the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES), said that parents and teachers have reported that the program is making a difference in student behavior. She said more empirical research is needed, but anecdotally she’s found many once skeptical teachers won over.

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