Can sick children benefit from medical marijuana?

Jan 9, 2014
courtesy Harborside Medical Center.

It may sound shocking at first -- dozens of Bay Area children are being treated with medical marijuana (or cannabis) for conditions including epilepsy, autism and cancer, among others. 

But despite anecdotal accounts that preparations rich in cannabidol (a chemical derived from cannabis) can be effective in treating some neurological disorders, parents and scientists are hindered by a lack of regulation, access and consistency within the medical marijuana industry. 

Study: California is Failing its Children

Jan 8, 2014

  A new study finds California needs to do a better job meeting the health, education and economic needs of its children. The annual 2014 California Children's Report Card from Children Now, looks at advancements made last year as the governor and Legislature begin to plan their agendas for the year. Lori Abbott reports.

Long Awaited Children's Museum Poised to Open in 2014

Jan 5, 2014
courtesy Children's Museum of Sonoma County.

It's time to come and play. The Children's Museum of Sonoma County has been a museum-on-the-go since 2005, but this year the museum will open the doors to a permanent home, near the Charles Schulz Museum, West of Coddingtown Mall.  

Collette Michaud, museum CEO, hopes the museum will become an integral part of the lives of many local children, especially those whose families struggle with affording preschool and daycare. 

Late Call for Toy Donations

Dec 17, 2013

  Christmas is just a week away, and Santa’s helpers at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma County have put out a call for some extra assistance. Bruce Robinson put out his own call to get details, and we have it for you here on today’s Exchange.

A full list of the most wanted items, and a link for making online donations can both be found here.

Wells Fargo Center, Target Team forLiteracy Outreach

Nov 18, 2013

  A big part of what goes on at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is their series of shows for kids and families, which includes a lot of field trips for school groups. And for some of those young students, there’s an extra effort to boost their language learning.

Child Care Costs Escalating in CA

Nov 11, 2013

  Childcare is a bedrock necessity for most households with young children, but it’s also something that is getting more and more expensive. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talked about the impact and the implications of that rising cost with Amy Reisch, Executive Director of First Five, Marin.

The Legacy of Polly Klaas

Oct 2, 2013

 In the aftermath of the shocking abduction and murder of 12 year old Polly Klaas, two foundations emerged to keep her name alive while helping other kids and their families. But they don’t see eye to eye.

Image courtesy Redwood Empire Food Bank

Nine years ago local public health officials faced sobering statistics: low-income children in Sonoma County suffered from much higher rates of anemia than children in the rest of the state. As KRCB reports, years of work by community and governmental organizations seem to be paying off as county numbers slowly improve.

Programs such as the  Megan Furth Harvest Pantry were created to serve communities suffering from high rates of anemia. To date, the Redwood Empire Food Bank estimates the Harvest pantry has distributed nearly 4 million pounds of fruit and vegetables.

Dental Care Emergency

Jun 24, 2013

Fewer dentists and decreased funding for services have combined to create an acute shortage of dental care. A new report, released this morning, says California is among the ten states where the problem is worst. But, as Bruce Robinson reports, Sonoma County has a saving grace. 

Children’s Museum to Break Ground

Jun 3, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

First it was a dream. Then it was a campaign. Now the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is becoming tangible, with the ground-breaking for an elaborate garden and outdoor learning center held over the weekend.


Report: Childhood Obesity Rates Declining

Feb 6, 2013

  There's a glimmer of good news in the latest studies of child obesity rates, at least in two large US cities. Lori Abbot has details.