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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Poet Langston Hughes described the climb out of poverty as a tough journey. "Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up, and places with no carpet on the floor -- bare," his poem "Mother to Son" starts out. Creators of a child-care program in South Los Angeles recognized working mothers' hardships 23 years ago, when they borrowed from Hughes' poem and named their fledgling organization Crystal Stairs.
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BUSINESS
February 27, 1987 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
In a bid to remove the specter of developer fees in Irvine where it is the largest landowner, the Irvine Co. has offered to underwrite $5.5 million in construction bonds for day-care centers within the city. The company--which last year contributed $250,000 to help start the Irvine Community Child Care Agency--hopes the plan will counter the City Council's consideration of levying fees on future development to finance day-care facilities, said Gary Hunt, an Irvine Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1989 | ANGELA GLOVER BLACKWELL and JOAN WALSH, Angela Glover Blackwell is executive director of the Urban Strategies Council, a resource and policy group based in Oakland. Joan Walsh is a consultant to the council.
No other veteran of the War on Poverty survived the 1980s like the Head Start program--with its credibility and budget intact. Congress increased Head Start funding even during the Ronald Reagan era, and President Bush has proposed a $250-million hike in the program's budget for next year. The House of Representatives, ready to outdo Bush, included a $317-million increase in Head Start funds in the budget resolution it adopted last week. The key to Head Start's enduring popularity is its focus on families, which enabled it to weather the drift from the liberal 1960s to the conservative 1980s.
NEWS
January 9, 1987 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian on Thursday sent to the Legislature his "children's initiative," a $12.1-million collection of new and expanded efforts that he said would help assure a brighter future for California's young people. Topping the list of proposed expenditures, Deukmejian asked for $7.5 million to double the number of state narcotics agents from 65 to 130 to intensify the fight against illegal drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1989 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
The day I really knew it wasn't easy juggling a job and a baby was the day I wore my black dress to breakfast. Eating breakfast with a 9-month-old baby is a challenge anyway, because rather than simply eating rice cereal--spooned into the mouth, one bite at a time--a baby this age is more interested in banging the cereal spoon on her highchair and dabbing cereal in her hair. In retrospect, it was foolish to wear to breakfast what I was planning to work in. The dress in question is one of those dress-for-success numbers--padded shoulders, glossy buttons down the front, name designer, very businesslike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The California Assembly approved legislation Thursday that would allow thousands of child-care workers to join unions, renewing a controversial proposal that has been vetoed by governors from both political parties. The bill (AB 641), which is estimated to cost the state tens of millions of dollars if enacted, was the subject of heated debate between Democrats and Republicans on the Assembly floor. Democrats said unionization would help improve standards for child care and boost workers' standard of living.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2010
School has started again, but that doesn't mean those pesky child care issues have been resolved. With budgets tight, many families find it's getting harder to pay for day care. That means Junior might end up sitting on Mom's desk every other Friday. We're looking for your questions about children and the workplace. If your child is sick, is it okay for you to take a sick day? What if your officemate spends hours on the phone dealing with his children and their schedules?
NEWS
June 13, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Child care may be a good choice to minimize the effects of a mother's depression on her young children, a new study shows. Research in recent years has pointed to the convergence of a woman's depression and behavior problems in young children. Simply put, if a mother is depressed her young children are likely to exhibit more behavior and mood problems themselves and experience cognitive and language delays. The effects of postpartum depression on babies have been know for some time.
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