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Elizabeth Aguilera is an award winning multi-media journalist who will cover health and social services for CALmatters. She joins CALmatters from Southern California Public Radio/KPCC 89.3 where she produced stories about community health. Her recent reporting revealed lead-tainted soil on school campuses near a former lead battery recycling plant that spurred district action. Previously Aguilera was a staff writer at the San Diego Union-Tribune where she covered immigration and demographics. There, she won a “Best of the West” award for her coverage of sex trafficking between Mexico and the United States. At the Denver Post, where Aguilera wrote about urban affairs and business, she was named a Livingston Award finalist for her reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Aguilera has also worked at the Orange County Register. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow and an International Center for Journalists alum. She is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The L.A. native is a graduate of Pepperdine University and earned an MA in Specialized Journalism from the University of Southern California.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.

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La pandemia de coronavirus ha diezmado los centros de cuidado infantil en California, y muchos han cerrado de forma permanente. Además de los niños, los padres y las personas que dirigen los centros, los cierres afectarán negativamente a la economía estatal.
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The coronavirus pandemic has decimated child care centers in California, with many closing permanently. The consequences will adversely affect children, parents, center operators and the state economy.
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Los niños con necesidades especiales de California siguen buscando ayuda después de un año a la deriva

Muchos padres informan que sus estudiantes con necesidades especiales han retrocedido en su desarrollo durante el año pasado que los aisló a la pandemia.
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