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For Those Who can Afford Them, Swimming Lessons Can Save the Lives of Children with Autism

July 18, 2017
For Those Who can Afford Them, Swimming Lessons Can Save the Lives of Children with Autism By Fran Kritz Children on the autism spectrum are at far higher risk of drowning than other children, but both the cost of swimming lessons and the fact that there are too few specialized swim instructors make it difficult for many children with autism to learn to swim.

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Senate Health Bill Would Risk Health Coverage for Half of California Children

June 27, 2017
Senate Health Bill Would Risk Health Coverage for Half of California Children By Hannah Guzik  If the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act becomes law, more than 5 million California children would be at risk of losing health coverage and some of the state’s hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday.

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For Students Who Don’t Eat Breakfast at Home, California Takes a New Approach

June 20, 2017
For Students Who Don’t Eat Breakfast at Home, California Takes a New Approach By Fran Kritz Nora Barich, a kindergarten teacher at Hoover Elementary said that in past years many teachers gave out morning snacks every day, which they bought with their own money, “but I haven't had to provide morning snacks since we started the [new] breakfast program.”

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How a Last-Resort Academy for Foster Children in San Diego Has Succeeded

June 13, 2017
How a Last-Resort Academy for Foster Children in San Diego Has Succeeded By Marty Graham A lauded academy for foster teens in San Diego County is only about 60 percent full, and officials say that’s a good thing, because it suggests shifts in local policy meant to keep kids out of the system may be working.

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Stark Disparities Persist at Centers Serving Children with Special Needs

May 26, 2017
Stark Disparities Persist at Centers Serving Children with Special Needs By Lisa Renner The amount of state funding given to a child with developmental disabilities varies wildly depending on where the child lives, according to a new report by Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Regions with higher black and Latino populations receive lower funding than those with higher white and Asian populations, the report said.

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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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