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May 5, 1999 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came with flowers and notes, with tear-stained faces and tiny stuffed animals, with their young children in their arms. They came to say they were sorry. They came to try to understand but left unsatisfied. It was a question everyone was asking but no one could answer: Why?
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December 13, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Education and government officials will gather Wednesday at Northridge Middle School, for the official opening of a preschool aimed at helping local low-income families. Principal Bob Kinsella said the Los Angeles Unified School District's Child Development Division chose the site for the state-sponsored preschool after he told them an underused agriculture classroom was available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Costa Mesa preschool where two students were killed and five others injured after a man intentionally drove his Cadillac into a crowded playground in 1999 has quietly closed its doors. The Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center, which survived that tragedy as well as a bruising battle with neighbors opposed to a security fence installed in the wake of the killings, closed Sept. 1.
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May 5, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER and JACK LEONARD and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The man who rammed his car into a Costa Mesa playground, killing two preschoolers and injuring five other people, confessed that he acted out of frustration over a failed relationship and intentionally sought to kill the children because they were innocent, police said Tuesday. Police, who are seeking murder and assault charges against Steven Allen Abrams, said the suspect had no direct link to the preschool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN
A Los Angeles City Council panel voted against a proposed Northridge preschool and day-care center Tuesday and supported an appeal by neighbors who fear the school will create traffic problems in the residential area. The council's Planning and Land Use Committee voted 2 to 1 to support the appeal of neighbors who want to halt a proposal by Fernando and Sherri Segre to convert a home on Devonshire Street to a preschool for 36 children. Representatives of the North Valley Homeowners Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1993 | JILL LEOVY
Controversy has surfaced over a proposed preschool in Northridge, the latest in a series of battles over children's facilities that has lately made day care one of the San Fernando Valley's hottest zoning topics. In a pattern similar to other recent cases, Sherri Segre has met with strong opposition to her proposal to start a preschool and day-care center for as many as 58 children in a home at 18826 Devonshire St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN
The Jewish Community Center of Orange County is planning to open a preschool in the fall. The new preschool, at the Jewish Federation campus at 250 E. Baker St., will have flexible scheduling, including extended care from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will feature high staff-to-student ratios. "The program will be top-caliber," said JCC Executive Director Moises Paz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1993 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emilie Spratt recalls with delight the day her 5-year-old son came home from his special kindergarten class at Pacific School in Manhattan Beach and announced, "We talked about Mr. Monet." That's Monet as in Claude, the artist, the master of Impressionism. Spratt says the program, a special kindergarten designed for youngsters who are not considered ready for regular kindergarten, enriched the lives of all three of her children--and spared them the pain of being in over their heads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1997 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If a 5-year-old can't hop on one foot, does that mean kindergarten is a bad bet? That ability--along with identifying colors, repeating numbers and drawing pictures--is among those measured in privately-administered tests that claim to gauge a child's readiness for kindergarten. May can be a stressful month as the deadline for kindergarten registration looms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though it may be a comfort to parents at a Costa Mesa preschool where two children died this spring, a protective playground wall has become a point of contention in the neighborhood. Some neighbors of the Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center on Magnolia Street complained to city officials in a meeting last week that the new brick-and-iron wall poses a traffic hazard by blocking motorists' views around the corner.
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