California’s child care system faces deep cuts

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California’s child care system faces deep cuts
News from San Jose Mercury News:

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Cambridge Child Development Center associate teacher Shanese Alls reads a story to preschoolers in Concord, Calif., on Thursday, May 17, 2012. In an attempt to balance the budget, California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing budget cuts that could affect state-subsidized child care centers and preschool programs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Deep spending cuts to California’s child care system — roughly 20 percent from the previous year — would deny children of the working poor access to the kinds of programs that will prepare them for school, early education experts say.

Especially worrisome to those in the field are proposals to cut full-day programs run by state child development centers by 10 percent and maximum reimbursement rates by 26 percent or more for private child care providers, reducing parents’ purchasing power.

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French autistic kids mostly get psychotherapy
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LONDON – In most developed countries, children with autism are usually sent to school where they get special education classes. But in France, they are more often sent to a psychiatrist where they get talk therapy meant for people with psychological or emotional problems.

Andy Beverly, AP

When Andy Beverly’s son Guillaume was diagnosed as autistic at age 2, Guillaume began to receive treatment from psychiatrists in Paris.

Things are slowly changing, but not without resistance. Last month, a report by France’s top health authority concluded there was no agreement among scientists about whether psychotherapy works for autism, and it was not included in the list of recommended treatments.

That provoked an outcry from psychiatrists. Groups including Freudian societies, the World Association of Psychoanalysis and France’s Child Institute started a petition calling on the French government to recognize their clinical approach, focused on psychotherapy.

“The situation in France is sort of like the

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