Pandemic drives parents to put older kids in day care; providers ‘literally had to become teachers’

Preschool and day-care workers across California say they are managing ad-hoc classrooms of older students while also caring for infants and toddlers.

Braille is everywhere, but most blind kids can’t read it. A competition hopes to change that

Gen Z has embraced "brain sports," but as the pandemic sidelined most spellers and mathletes, Braille Challenge contenders found a way.

Missing the Rose Parade, right down to the pool of spit

For the first time since World War II, there will be no Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's morning. Among other things, that means there will be no performance by the Los Angeles Unified School District's All City Honor Band, which exists for one re...

L.A.’s children’s hospitals welcome Santa, with a Zoom link to the North Pole and a mask under his beard

Having a child in the hospital is agony for any family, but having one stuck there for Christmas can be especially hard. This Christmas posed challenges to Santa, but hospitals managed to find ways to get him in, virtually or in person.

California unveiled a blueprint for the future of early education. Critics say it’s built on shaky ground

After months of delays and pandemic upheaval, officials have released the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care, a blueprint to remodel California's Byzantine child-care system.

Kindergartners struggle to learn online. But this mother-daughter duo keeps them glued

Karen and Tai Carter teach kindergarten from a Highland Park school. These days they teach together from home.

Biden has a new moniker in sign language. Some say it looks like a gang sign

Deaf Americans are picking a new name for President-elect Joe Biden, but some complain that it looks like a gang sign.

L.A. County coronavirus numbers fall back to pre-surge levels

The L.A. County Department of Health reported 11 new coronavirus deaths Sunday, as daily hospitalizations continued to decline over the weekend.

Preschoolers are mask-licking germ bombs — yet few catch the coronavirus, data show

It's hard to predict what may happen when California's primary schools reopen. But when it comes to the state's youngest students, data are more robust — and more reassuring.

A loophole is allowing thousands of California students to use pandemic-shuttered classrooms

Schools all over California are closed for the fall semester, with learning taking place online. But thousands of children will be logging into their classes from day camps and tutoring programs — some of which are using the very classrooms that were s...