November 2019

  • Children can learn about families, nutrition, and cooking by reading these books with parents.
  • Colleen de Bellefonds shares information and resources about child support for single parents in her article for the What to Expect website.
  • Research shows that back-and-forth conversations with children build their brain development. To learn more, visit the Child Trends website.
  • Susan Svrluga of the Washington Post reports on new research that shows infants understand that there is a relationship between counting and quantity. Click here to read more.
  • Watch this video from Child Trends to see how music and movement helps young children develop self-regulation skills.
  • Click here to read about a study that was conducted in California regarding the needs of parents and child care providers who work nontraditional hours.
  • Researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education are developing learning apps for parents and children to use together. The goal of the apps is to engage the parents and children in conversations that lead to learning. Click here to learn more.
  • Teachers can support children’s reading skills by focusing on the background knowledge they need in order to improve their reading comprehension, such as understanding the game of baseball before you read a book about a baseball player.

October 2019

  • A report from the University of Delaware found that when parents read to preschool-aged children in any language (other than English), it helps students become more skilled at learning to speak and read English.
  • Learn about Smarter Balanced tests and see how well students at your child’s school, school district, and in the State of California did on the 2019 test by searching the database provided on the EdSource website.
  • Rebekah Robeck is a high school student in Costa Mesa who won the Mayor’s award for spreading kindness in her community. Click here to watch a video about Rebekah’s “Let’s Be Kind” movement.
  • Deborah Farmer Kris shares ideas for how to encourage children to be helpers in her article for PBS Parents.
  • Taking tests can be stressful for students. Help your child develop habits for managing test stress with these tips from the Washington Post.
  • Earlier this month Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1004 into law. The new law requires doctors to conduct developmental screenings on children enrolled in Medi-Cal when they are 9 months old, 18 months old, and 30 months old. Learn more here.
  • Ashley Fetters of the Atlantic shares how educator and librarian Dr. Michelle Martin is inspiring children to explore books and love reading by training educators and librarians to create environments that are focused on the enjoyment of reading. Read more about her work here.
  • KQED Mind/Shift features a podcast and article about the value of combining the arts with academics to help children learn.
  • Prepare your family for wildfire season using tips and resources from the Cal Fire and Healthy Children websites.
  • Early educators can learn about updated air quality regulations from the California Department of Education, and use tools from the California Childcare Health Program to plan for disasters.
  • Assembly Bill 197 proposes that beginning in the 2022-23 school year, all public and charter elementary schools offer at least one kindergarten class that has the same hours as 1st grade. Learn more here.
  • Shanna Peeples shares how her teaching experience has taught her to listen to students and ask questions that lead to more meaningful learning. Click here to read more.
  • Research shows that drawing pictures of what you are learning can help you remember new information. Learn more about the value of drawing notes here.
  • Juli Fraga writes about how attending prenatal classes can help fathers be more supportive to their partners and newborn infants in this article for KQED Mind/Shift.
  • The Hechinger Report states that research has shown that toddlers cannot learn from screens unless an adult is present and interacting with them. Read the full story here.
  • Joe Pinsker shares research and advice for helping children become lifelong readers in his article for the Atlantic.

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