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November 4, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
More healthful food will become more common in day-care facilities that accept federal funds to provide meals to low-income clients. Recommendations issued Thursday by an Institute of Medicine committee represent the first nutritional changes in 20 years for these programs. The recommendations now go to the Department of Agriculture, which administers meal standards and monitors compliance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program . The program assists facilities such as family day-care homes, traditional child-care centers, after-school care centers, adult-care facilities and emergency shelters to provide nutritious food to children and adults from low-income families.
October 28, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Parents should limit their young children's screen time to no more than two hours per day, according to pediatricians. This recommendation has been in place for many years, but parents and child caregivers don't seem to be catching on. A new study finds that the average preschool-age child is exposed to double the recommended amount.   Screen time consists of television, DVDs, computers and video games. The researchers examined data from nearly 9,000 preschool-aged children who were part of a longitudinal study that began in 2001 and included interviews with parents and child care providers to collect data on each child's daily screen time.
October 19, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Upset that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed $256 million in child-care money for the poor, the state Assembly leader announced a proposal Monday to go around the governor and restore funding until a new chief executive takes office in January. The program pays child-care costs for working parents who take jobs to move off welfare but can't afford day care. The governor's action means child care for 60,000 families will end Nov. 1 unless a stopgap measure is found. It would cost $60 million to extend the program through Jan. 1, after which the new Legislature could try to pass a measure to restore full funding, according to Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles)
October 14, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said Wednesday that his first priority once a new governor is sworn in next year will be to reverse some of the nearly $1 billion in "unconscionable" cuts that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made to the state budget Friday. Flanked by program advocates and parents affected by the service cuts, Steinberg (D- Sacramento) said the vetoes would cause more than 700 child-abuse investigators to be laid off or not have their positions filled. Day care for more than 60,000 families with working parents would be eliminated by the governor's reductions, Steinberg said, along with some mental health services for children with special needs.
September 14, 2010 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer dipped into her formidable war chest Monday to air the first ad of the general election campaign for U.S. Senate, one that reintroduces her to California voters by highlighting her efforts to secure federal funds for clean energy jobs, day care centers and a San Diego-based care center for wounded soldiers. The Boxer campaign is spending more than $2 million to air the 30-second ad on broadcast and cable stations this week in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego areas, according to two sources familiar with the ad purchase.
June 15, 2010 | McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Tamieka Wellington wishes she knew six months ago what she knows now — that the Hayward, Calif., child-care center that watches over her 3-year-old daughter might not be able to help her out much longer. Cuts proposed in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's May budget have cast a shadow of uncertainty over such facilities — specifically the ones that offer no-cost or low-cost care. Wellington, 26, had enrolled in beauty college while her daughter Syah Todd was getting prepped for school at the Helen Turner Children's Center.
May 15, 2010
Major program reductions in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal for closing the state's estimated $19.1-billion budget gap: $1.6 billion — Eliminate the CalWorks welfare program $1.2 billion — Eliminate day care for 142,000 low-income children $1.2 billion — Borrow funds earmarked for transportation $523 million — Cut Medi-Cal healthcare program for the poor $445.7 million — Impose mandatory day off for state workers each month $637 million — Reductions in home care for elderly and disabled $602 million — Eliminate most state funding for county mental health services $248 million — Put some state prisoners and juvenile parolees under county supervision Source: State Department of Finance
May 15, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Proposing a budget that would eliminate the state's welfare-to-work program and most child care for the poor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday outlined a stark vision of a California that would sharply limit aid to some of its poorest and neediest citizens. His $83.4-billion plan would also freeze funding for local schools, further cut state workers' pay and take away 60% of state money for local mental health programs. State parks and higher education are among the few areas the governor's proposal would spare.
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