Spending Time with Loved Ones
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From the moment they're born, kids are growing and learning from the world around them. During the first three years of a child's life, she learns at a staggering pace, forming 700 new neural connections every second. The loving attention and interactions kids receive from adults are key to making the most of this extraordinary time.
All families, parents, and caregivers, regardless of income, can take certain steps to help their children fulfill their potential. Research has shown that whether it's reading a story together, playing a counting game, or just having a conversation, spending interactive time with young kids amplifies their innate ability to learn. And studies show that paid leave policies give parents time to bond during this critical time and help build the foundation for happier, healthier, more successful lives for our children.
When Common Sense Kids Action released the Right Start Commission's groundbreaking report Rebuilding the California Dream, we recommended California commit to expanding successful programs and policies that offer additional support for families that need it:
- Public-awareness campaigns such as Talk, Read, Sing that highlight the importance of early childhood development and let parents know what resources are available to them.
- Voluntary home-visiting programs, such as Welcome Baby in Los Angeles, that connect families who would like some extra support with nurses, teachers, or other professionals who can help guide them.
- Strong family-leave legislation such as State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson's SB 62 and SB 63, which would guarantee that more Californians can take up to 12 weeks of leave to bond with a new child or care for a sick family member without worrying about losing their jobs.
To put solutions like these into action, we partnered with California State Senator Richard Pan on Senate Bill 18 (SB 18), the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California.
Right now, we are working with Senator Pan's office on the first round of amendments to the Bill of Rights.
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