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Schwab Learning Center Opens Dyslexic-Friendly Lab

Jan. 27, 2023, 4 p.m.

With its new home at Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, the Schwab Learning Center's reach is now expanding beyond Stanford to the wider community.

Palo Alto Unified Proposes Criteria for Child Care Providers

Jan. 22, 2023, 4 p.m.

The school district is moving ahead with plans to create requirements for its child care providers after plans to reduce space for two providers drew backlash.

Dinosaurs Coming to Palo Alto

Dec. 12, 2022, 4 p.m.

After balking last month, Palo Alto approved a plan to welcome dinosaur sculptures to its newly renovated Junior Museum and Zoo.

Supreme Court Upholds California Ban on Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products

Dec. 11, 2022, 4 p.m.

SCOTUS rejected a last-minute plea from the tobacco industry and cleared the way for enforcement of a statewide ban that includes menthol cigarettes.

After Changes to State’s Prenatal Testing Program, Women Report Delays

Dec. 11, 2022, 4 p.m.

In online pregnancy discussion groups, dozens of California women have detailed their long waits for results and the anxiety it has caused.

NorCal Girl Scouts Receives $4.9 Million Donation

Nov. 18, 2022, 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of Northern California received its largest donation to date from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott for $4.9 million. The record-setting donation was part of a larger gift of $84.5 million to Girl Scouts of the USA and to 29 Girl Scout councils.

CDC Paves Way to Require School COVID Vaccines—But Lawmakers Have Given Up for Now

Oct. 27, 2022, 5 p.m.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control decided to list COVID-19 among the vaccines it recommends for children, but each state decides whether to adopt those guidelines. It's unclear what California will do.

Fletcher Middle School Proposes Sustainability Program to Boost Enrollment

Oct. 26, 2022, 5 p.m.

Ellen Fletcher Middle School is looking to institute a campus-wide focus on environmental sustainability and allow students from throughout Palo Alto Unified to apply to attend. The "Sustainability for All" initiative would be incorporated into the curriculum as well as after-school activities and community service opportunities.

New Outreach to LGBTQ Milpitas Seniors

Oct. 14, 2022, 5 p.m.

LGBTQ group AVENIDAS, known for working with stigmatized San Jose youth, turns its sights to elders in Milpitas, creating safe space and a dog-walking group.

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

Sept. 5, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

Amber Alert Turns 20

July 27, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

Santa Clara County School Funding Disparity Is Staggering

July 10, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

Santa Clara County Creates Department to Support Children

June 5, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

California Child Abuse Database Lacks Half of County Reports

May 30, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

Nguyen: What Talking to Students About AAPI Heritage Month Taught Me

May 30, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

Cycling Events Promote Safety, Fun

May 24, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

Gilroy’s Christopher High Track and Field Team Makes History in CCS Championships

May 24, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

Family Donates $1 Million To Develop Youth Mental Health Resources

May 19, 2022, 5 p.m.

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

A Call for the Return of Friends of King Library

May 17, 2022, 5 p.m.

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.

New Legislation Would Ease Welfare-to-Work Rules for Single Parents

Jan. 27, 2022, 4 p.m.

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.

Zoom Zone Now Open at San Jose Airport

Nov. 9, 2021, 4 p.m.

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.

San Jose Airport Boasts New Space for Kids

Oct. 26, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Child Vaccinations May Be Available Next Week

Oct. 26, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Getting Married? Expect a Wait to Make It Official

Oct. 26, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Vietnamese Service Center Opens in San Jose

Oct. 18, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Aspiring Mayors Put Emphasis on Environment and Diversity

Oct. 18, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

All-Inclusive Park Opens in San Jose

Oct. 14, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Circus Returns to Palo Alto

Oct. 12, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Local Ice Cream Shop Owner Creates Pumpkin Patch Fun

Oct. 7, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Cupertino Recognized for Program to Foster Political Engagement

Sept. 29, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Why the Bay Area’s Demographics Are Shifting

Sept. 26, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

Modernization Begins for South Valley Middle School

Aug. 26, 2021, 5 p.m.

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.

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