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By the time they graduate from high school, one child in the every 20 will have experienced the death of a parent. Additionally, they may also experience deaths of a sibling, close grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend. Children coping with a death of someone important to them may feel their struggles are invisible to those around them. And they often can be. Children’s Grief Awareness Day was initiated in Pennsylvania in 2008 from a desire on the part of students to bring attention to the struggles their grieving classmates faced. Often in silence. 

Guadalupe reconvenes a parks and rec commission

Aug 22, 2019
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The city of Guadalupe, in northern Santa Barbara County, is bringing back its recreation and parks commission. The commission will allow the city to pursue more state and federal grants to help build, renovate and maintain parks there, and work to resume the city’s overall recreation program.

Guadalupe’s mayor, Ariston Julian, said after the 2008 economic recession began, the city struggled to support a parks and rec commission.

Broadcast date: 2/7/2019

Nationwide, dental care is the most prevalent unmet health need for children in low-income families and children with special needs. In San Luis Obispo County, close to 45 percent of children have cavities by the time they reach third grade—and that number increases to nearly 70 percent for children in low-income communities. For many, getting treatment for the resulting toothache is not simple: countywide, more than 12,000 children enrolled in Medi-Cal Dental lack access to regular dental care. Untreated dental disease is linked to problems with nutrition, speech, self-esteem, and even success at school, as children with poor oral health are nearly three times more likely to miss class time as a result of dental pain. Now, the county's Public Health Department is expanding its oral health program to ensure more children get the dental care they need.

What will it take to navigate our ever-changing, complex and challenging world for the next generation? And are we preparing our children to thrive as adults? Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about the importance of focusing education and parenting efforts on building resilience, connection and a relationship with the natural world.

Although technology does provide many positive benefits for learning, it can also have many negative effects on child development and many believe it can rob children of their ability to function in the "real world." Join Kris Kington-Barker as she and her guests discuss how the Savvy Leadership Academy endeavors to empower today's youth with a foundation of leadership skills and knowledge, cultivating self-confident, well-mannered and prepared leaders of our future.

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

We often think of helping out local food pantries during the year-end holiday season...but summertime is when children and families rely on them most. Hear how the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County works to make sure children and other food-insecure groups have enough healthy foods to eat this August and why it’s such a critical time of year.

Jordan Bell speaks with members of San Luis Obispo County CASA  who are searching for volunteers to become advocates for infants and toddlers during this crucial time in their brain development. 

Brian Reynolds speaks with new Los Osos Librarian, Chase McMunn and families from Los Osos who are planning the sixth annual Los Osos Library Children’s Craft Faire. Last year the event was attended by over 500 visitors. Learn what it takes to put on one of the biggest children's events in the San Luis Obispo County Library system, and why this event helps parents and children start thinking about their pocketbooks at an early age.

We live in a culture that minimizes the role of fathers and ignores the importance of men in the shaping of our children's lives.  Whether it's the image of the daffy Dad on television or the emphasis on father abandonment in the news - dads seem to get a bad rap.  Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the need to esteem the men in our culture who devote their lives to raising and inspiring children.  Let's hear it for the Dads!  Your calls with questions or comments are welcomed and encouraged. 

It may be time for a serious education revolution.  A revolution to emancipate students from the deadening experience of trudging through a system that is so focused on training the next generation of glorified factory workers that it is harming them physically, emotionally, and socially.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about the importance of educating the whole student to ensure a vitalized, engaged, and fully functioning populace.  Your calls with questions and comments are a always welcomed and encouraged.

The land is purchased, and the designs are drawn for a Youth Arts Academy on the Central Coast.  Marisa Waddell talks with the academy's CEO, Nikolai Alexandrov about his vision and the timeline for the school's opening.

Conscious uncoupling may sound like just a friendly parting of the ways, but a cutesy euphemism doesn’t minimize the devastating impact of divorce on children and families.  Tune in Tuesday for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, a Elizabeth Barrett, about the real world consequences associated with dismantling relationships.  Your calls with questions, comments or concerns are always welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the central coast, Tuesday from 2-3 pm here on public radio KCBX.

Today's parents highly prize and pamper their prodigy unlike any generation before them, but is this in the best interest of the children?  Tune in from 2 - 3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guests about the challenges associated with intensely focused parenting.  Caring talk for the central coast here on your public radio station KCBX.

In San Luis Obispo County, the average cost for full-time infant care in a childcare center is $12,795.  As California’s economy continues to recover, who is there to ensure an adequate supply of high quality and affordable early childcare and education for our children as parents begin re-entering the workforce in increasing numbers?  Host Kris Kington-Barker will be joined by Raechelle Bowlay-Sutton from the San Luis Obispo County Child Care Planning Council to discuss this topic.

How tobacco and alcohol are marketed to kids

Mar 5, 2014
Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community

The smoking of electronic cigarettes will soon be banned in many public areas throughout Santa Maria and Los Angeles after city council votes in both cities on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, health leaders in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are trying to bring attention to the way e-cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol products are marketed to children.