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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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