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Palo Alto Again Mulls Raising Ticket Prices for Junior Museum and Zoo

The topic of admission prices proved to be thorny last year, as staff proposed charging $18 for admission to a museum that historically allowed visitors to walk in for free.

(Sept. 6, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Amber Alert Turns 20

The California Highway Patrol is marking the two-decade anniversary of the Amber Alert system. Hundreds of abducted children have been found and returned safely to their families following its implementation in 2002.

(July 28, 2022) → Read the full YubaNet report
Santa Clara County School Funding Disparity Is Staggering

In Saratoga Union and Los Altos Elementary school districts, property taxes boost student funding and programs remain robust. In Alum Rock Union and Franklin-McKinley Elementary, music classes, coaches, robotics and counselors are reduced or cut.

(July 11, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Santa Clara County Creates Department to Support Children

To give children and families the necessary tools to succeed in life, the Office of Children and Families Policy will support and manage a diverse set of priorities that focus on children, youth and family programs.

(June 6, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
California Child Abuse Database Lacks Half of County Reports

State auditors say more than half of substantiated California child abuse reports in recent years were not in the state’s database, which could result in child abusers being allowed to care for children. The database is used by state and county social services and welfare departments, adoption agencies and other organizations.

(May 31, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Nguyen: What Talking to Students About AAPI Heritage Month Taught Me

This year I get to give talks to six schools about Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. But it is the students who will reinforce the importance of advancing diversity and inclusion.

(May 31, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Cycling Events Promote Safety, Fun

GreenTown Los Altos held its first Family Bike Days event Saturday and Sunday, featuring guided rides with “energizer stations,” while the Los Altos Police Department sponsored a bike rodeo Sunday.

(May 25, 2022) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
Gilroy’s Christopher High Track and Field Team Makes History in CCS Championships

The Cougars’ Kingsley Okoronkwo (triple jump) and Melia Middleton (300-meter hurdles) earned berths to the CIF State Championships May 27-28, and they’ll be joined by para athletes Ashton Pluckhan, Ella Rodriguez, Isabella Browne and Sydney Saulo.

(May 25, 2022) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Family Donates $1 Million To Develop Youth Mental Health Resources

To carry on a son's legacy, the Tone Yao Lee scholarships will support mental health educators, psychologists and research.

(May 20, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
A Call for the Return of Friends of King Library

Two years ago, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library eliminated the used bookstore that was located on the university side of the building, one the dumbest decisions the library ever made.

(May 18, 2022) → Read the full Metro Silicon Valley report
New Legislation Would Ease Welfare-to-Work Rules for Single Parents

Assembly Bill 1728, introduced by Assemblymembers Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) and Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), would exempt single parents receiving CalWORKs benefits from “welfare-to-work” requirements for the first three years of their child’s life.

(Jan. 28, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Zoom Zone Now Open at San Jose Airport

A new children’s play area is now open at Mineta International Airport. It is called the Zoom Zone, thanks to its sponsorship from Zoom, and was designed by the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum.

(Nov. 10, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
San Jose Airport Boasts New Space for Kids

Traveling with children is never easy, and Mineta Airport is sending help in the form of its new Zoom Zone—an interactive area designed especially for kids.

(Oct. 27, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
Child Vaccinations May Be Available Next Week

Santa Clara County expects to roll out vaccines for ages 5-11 as early as next week, with 55,000 doses of the modified Pfizer shot expected to arrive.

(Oct. 27, 2021) → Read the full KNTV NBC 11 report
Getting Married? Expect a Wait to Make It Official

Santa Clara County is experiencing a lag in getting marriage certificates completed, with some couples clocking eight weeks or longer to make their union official.

(Oct. 27, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
Vietnamese Service Center Opens in San Jose

Years in the making, the Vietnamese Service Center is finally opening near San Jose’s Little Saigon area. It will provide health and human services to the more than 140,000 Vietnamese residents of the region.

(Oct. 19, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Aspiring Mayors Put Emphasis on Environment and Diversity

Mountain View’s Mayor for a Day essay contest brought some compelling and heart-capturing ideas in front of the City Council. The elementary school students were passionate about climate change and recognizing diversity in their community.

(Oct. 19, 2021) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
All-Inclusive Park Opens in San Jose

San Jose is celebrating the reopening of Lincoln Glen Park, the second all-inclusive park in the city. The park includes play equipment for children on the autism spectrum disorder, along with those with physical disabilities and medical fragility.

(Oct. 15, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
Circus Returns to Palo Alto

After a drive-in format for 2020, the Zoppe Family Circus is back in its big top this fall. The troupe will perform in Redwood City through early November.

(Oct. 13, 2021) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Local Ice Cream Shop Owner Creates Pumpkin Patch Fun

The Hidden Halloween is the brainchild of a Baskin-Robbins franchise owner, and is becoming a popular destination in Palo Alto. What was once an empty field is now a charming pumpkin patch with activities for kids and families.

(Oct. 8, 2021) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Cupertino Recognized for Program to Foster Political Engagement

The League of California Cities recently honored Cupertino for the city’s efforts to get young people engaged in politics. It was one of 11 California cities recognized.

(Sept. 30, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
Why the Bay Area’s Demographics Are Shifting

Between women delaying pregnancies in favor of climbing the corporate tech ladder and families fleeing the region in favor of affordable lifestyles, the youth population in the Bay Area is shrinking.

(Sept. 27, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
Modernization Begins for South Valley Middle School

The Gilroy Unified School District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 26 to mark the beginning of South Valley Middle School’s projected two-year-long transformation.

(Aug. 27, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Study on Lead Exposure and Reid-Hillview Airport Intensifies Calls for Earlier Closure

A scientific study released Aug. 3 shows links between pollution from piston-engine airplanes at San Jose’s Reid-Hillview Airport and high levels of lead in the blood of children living near the airport, which is slated for closure in 2032.

(Aug. 3, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Inside report
California Child Care Providers Reach Contract With State

More than 40,000 California child care providers will get at least a 15 percent pay raise starting in 2022 through their first-ever collective bargaining agreement.

(June 25, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Child Nutrition Leaders Rethink Strategies for Feeding Those in Need

Through major efforts to feed children during the pandemic, school districts across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have offered an important resource to families struggling with unprecedented changes and challenges.

(June 2, 2021) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
State Budget Revision Earmarks More Money for Child Mental Health

Advocates say demand for care has been up during the pandemic, and services are inadequate.

(June 1, 2021) → Read the full CapRadio report
Student Drawn to Help Los Altos Schools

The Los Altos Educational Foundation has struggled to raise money during the pandemic. To help, Loyola School second-grader Finley Snedigar is selling hand-drawn notecards locally.

(May 19, 2021) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
Legoland Discovery Center Opens May 25 at the Great Mall

Designed for children ages 3 through 10, the center includes Miniland (with replicas of local landmarks), animated movies, lego-building workshops, and a VR simulation of flying through a lego world.

(April 21, 2021) → Read the full Milpitas Beat report
Santa Clara Libraries Partially Reopen

The City of Santa Clara has announced that all three of its libraries will be open for lobby service beginning this week. Other services, including computers and printers, should be available by the end of the month.

(April 6, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
Author Shares ‘Elephant Garlic’ With Gilroy Students

Ken Christopher, whose company grows the stinking rose, has donated 1,000 copies of his children’s book to Gilroy elementary schools.

(April 5, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Inclusive Playground Offers ‘Judgment Free’ Space

Starting with a pilot program in Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park, the Magical Bridge Foundation now has 11 other projects in the works around the South Bay, as well as two in Singapore.

(March 22, 2021) → Read the full The Jewish News of Northern California report
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