Archive for First 5 Kern’s Weekly Headlines of Stories Impacting Kids

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January 8, 2021 Headlines
Childbirth complications rising, the new child care union, local child abuse training, grandparents helping out, etc.
April 16, 2021 Headlines
Toddlers and vaccine trials, child care still waiting for relief, kids doing chores, pets are good for children
January 15, 2021 Headlines
How many parents have left the workforce during COVID, expansion to TK, preventing premature births, etc.
April23, 2021 Headlines
Pre-K access in California, dental health in rural communities, partner violence impacts children, dad's drinking matters
January 22, 2021 Headlines
A pregnant doc gets the vaccine, one Fresno preschool is helping kids with math, exposure therapy for childhood trauma, 1000 hours outside, etc.
April 30, 2021 Headlines
Biden's push for pre-k, 10 things to do in front of your kids, Breakfast Books, breastfeeding boosts cognition
January 29, 2021 Headlines
Home daycare during the pandemic, raising minimum wage lowers infant mortality, the stimulus helping families, etc.
May 7, 2021
LA pursues universal child care, how to best way to teach reading, preeclampsia is relatively unknown, c-section risks
February 5, 2021 Headlines
Pediatricians call for school openings, vaccines for child care providers, toxic metals in baby food, Congress could act for families, etc.
May 14, 2021
Pros and cons of Biden's child care plan, vaccines for teens, 7 tips for raising resilient kids, water pollution and preterm births
February 12, 2021 Headlines
Working moms need help, federal help with diapers, child care allowance, 10 ways to promote literacy
May 21, 2021 Headlines
Universal TK in CA, #IAmTraumaAware campaign, immunotherapy drug for childhood cancer, how exercise affects pregnant women
February 19, 2021 Headlines
Elementary schools reopening, children's healthcare suffering, masks interfere with babies' language development
May 28, 2021 Headlines
Fostering kids with special needs, parents passing on trauma, building kids' conversation skills, gestational diabetes study
February 26, 2021 Headlines
Plastic chemicals, blood pressure in pregnancy, early birth setbacks
June 4, 2021 Headlines
Mom's touch is key for preterm babies, legislators focusing on moms and kids, men with pregnancy symptoms, this flu season may be harsh
March 5, 2021 Headlines
COVID infant vaccine, zoo preschool, mandatory kinder
June 11, 2021 Headlines
COVID trials for young children, testing for pregnancy complications, pollution and obesity
March 12, 2021 Headlines
COVID antibodies in breast milk, helping working moms, child flu numbers
March 19, 2021 Headlines
Online kids therapy, global child poverty comparison, less social distancing for schools
March 26, 2021 Headlines
Chemicals found in pregnant women and newborns, detecting asthma & autism, paper beats pixels
April 9, 2021 Headlines
Gestational diabetes on the rise, mom's love breeds empathy, mental health of kids, cardio health for preschoolers


Jan. 10, 2020
Paid family leave, the cost of childbirth, childcare investments
May 15, 2020
Immunizations, reopening schools, tummy time, pregnancy law
Aug. 28, 2020
Redshirting Kindergartners, wildfires and kids, coffee while pregnant
Jan. 17, 2020
Flu targets kids, nursing room law, toxic stress
May 15, 2020
Immunization rates fall, sleep issues and autism, laws for pregnant workers, screentime during COVID
Sept. 11, 2020
Screen time and green time, mental health of parents, paid family leave bill, flu vaccines
Jan. 24, 2020
Safe Surrender, measuring child opportunity in Bakersfield, kids brains on books, a mother's choice between kids or work
May 22, 2020
Cuts coming in the CA budget, little learners without school, melatonin warnings
Sept. 18, 2020
Quality ECE outcomes, COVID increasing preterm births, maternal stress and infant illness
Feb. 7, 2020
Pesticide ban, Kern Early Stars celebration, preschools in the library
June 5, 2020
Decisions for parents on child care, little children and protests, staying active while pregnant
Sept. 25, 2020
Most infants aren't born with COVID; weed, alcohol & nicotine during pregnancy; car seat safety; the hurdles facing CA's kids
Feb. 14, 2020
Bad water in Kern County, cost of child care on the coast, baby product recalls
June 12, 2020
CA's school guidelines, State of Babies yearbook, coronavirus and postpartum care, low birth weight and oil wells
Oct. 9, 2020>
Lingering COVID with pregnancy; tough to be a toddler in U.S.; navigating the childhood support system
Mar. 6, 2020
The Census is here, are schools ready for pre-K, lactation spaces law
June 19, 2020
Inside a child care center, digital detox, COVID pregnancy transmissions, asthma
Oct. 16, 2020
Child care centers are a low COVID risk; the key to happiness for dads; helping kids to open up; uninsured children growing
Mar. 13, 2020
Coronavirus news, stress during pregnancy, Sesame Street's Census efforts
June 26, 2020
Flu vaccinations, child care concerns, increase in birth complications, kids getting bored
Oct. 23, 2020
Ibuprofen while pregnant; trauma gets in the blood; best toys for 2020; medical supplies in short supply
Mar. 20, 2020
The latest coronavirus news, and it's impact on children and families
July 2, 2020
Lack of child care transmissions, CA budget, paid family leave bill, newborn genetic tests
Oct. 30, 2020
Air pollution is deadly for infants; babies' emotions; 2020 is stealing kindergarten
Mar. 26, 2020
The latest coronavirus news, and it's impact on children and families
July 16, 2020
Families skipping child care, children don't transmit COVID, will parents quit work
Nov. 13, 2020
Antipsychotics for kids; day care good for business; surviving pregnancy complications; cost of raising special needs kids
Apr. 9, 2020
First 5 Kern diaper delivery, the science of baby hugs, and impacts of coronavirus
July 25, 2020
Vape tax and First 5, child care collapse, lockdowns and child mental health
Nov. 20, 2020
Antibiotics and babies, diet can modify infant DNA, reshaping Early Ed in California
April 17, 2020
Childcare relief, pregnant but asymptomatic, early intervention struggles
Aug. 7, 2020
Bak OBGYN probation, vaccination requirements, trauma ages kids
Dec. 4, 2020
California's Master Plan for Early Learning and Care,
most children aren't being developmentally screened, mother's stress can lead to preterm births
April 24, 2020
Kids who need ventilators, sustainable diapers, home births, funny toddler tantrums
Aug. 14, 2020
Focus on back to school, kids Coronavirus book, breastfeeding support
Dec. 11, 2020
COVID vaccine and pregnancy, sports are good therapy for boys, parental stress, universal preschool in Cal
May 8, 2020
Child care and reopening the economy, children might not be superspreaders, giving birth in quarantine
Aug. 21, 2020
National early ed rankings, ACEs questionnaires, black newborns and black doctors
Dec. 18, 2020
Top kids books of 2020, more on pregnancy and the vaccine, maternal diet impacts breast milk, child abuse hospitalizations on the rise


Jan. 10, 2019
CA budget, paid leave, science of teaching reading, hidden costs of lack of childcare
May 10, 2019
California May Revised Budget, African American women pregnancy complications, being wrong as a parent
Sept. 12, 2019
YouTube and child privacy, coughing cures, how toddlers learn language
Jan. 17, 2019
Kids exercise, partisan politics, breastfeeding, introducing dogs to the new baby
May 17, 2019
Birthrate decline, cost of opening an ECE center, books as medicine
Sept. 20, 2019
Pollution impacts, juice news, car seat awareness
Jan. 24, 2019
Family leave, opioids and birth defects, when babies are in pain, c-sections
May 24, 2019
ECE, toxic stress impacting studies, teacher home visits
Sept. 26, 2019
C-sections, mobile preschool, importance of grandparents
Feb. 8, 2019
Dental health, online pre-K, Strong Start Index
June 6, 2019
Summer reading, pregnancy super-hormones, reducing c-sections, sunblock for babies
Oct. 11, 2019
Kindergarten readiness, helping black moms during birth, babies in the workplace
Feb. 14, 2019
Vaccination waivers, breastfeeding pods, social/cognitive development, Madera abandoned baby
June 13, 2019
Family Leave for fathers, companies helping with child care, "foster" grandmas
Oct. 18, 2019
New kids legislation, toxins and sugar in baby food, dual-language learners
Feb. 22, 2019
Fetal heart research, child obesity, screen time, ACEs film
June 28, 2019
Screening for ACEs, citizenship on the Census, poverty line adjustment
Nov. 8, 2019
CDC report on ACEs, preterm births in Kern County, Best Illustrated Kids Books of 2019
Mar. 7, 2019
Vaccine/Autism debunking, reading to your children, talking to kids about death, smoking studies
July 19, 2019
Heart defects and oil drilling, postpartum doc visits, kinder troublemakers
Nov. 15, 2019
Home Visiting programs, Viagra helping with childbirth, new elementary school in Bakersfield
Mar. 14, 2019
Nature as a teacher, kids book list, pregnancy research on the rise, SIDS and smoking
July 26, 2019
Worst cities for childhood poverty, ECE wages and investments, developmental screenings
Nov. 22, 2019
Allergy & asthma prevention, babies crying in different languages, early brain development
Mar. 21, 2019
Parents with disabled children, home visiting, early swim lessons, food allergies
Aug 9, 2019
Back to school health stuff, unionizing preschool, breast milk wonders
Dec. 6, 2019
Paid family leave, homeless students in Kern, public charge impacts
Apr. 5, 2019
KQED's Starting Blocks, cannabis and your baby, Surgeon General's tour
Aug 16, 2019
Paid family leave updates, best states for babies, changes to TK in McFarland
Dec. 13, 2019
Math in Fresno preschools, White House's Family Leave stance, obesity and brain structure
Apr. 11, 2019
Kern Early Stars, million-word gap, driving to surgery
Aug 23, 2019
Car seat safety, toughest cities for single moms, teaching toddlers math
Dec. 19, 2019
Federal spending on early learning, breastfeeding and diabetes, THC warnings for pregnancy
Apr. 18, 2019
ACEs and depression, co-sleeping problems, outdoor preschool
Sept. 6, 2019
Vaccine law update, vaping deaths, bring your baby to work