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PACE 46th Annual Education Conference in Ontario California
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
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Kaplan's Quality Assist
Kaplan Webinar "Quality Assist" online professional development courses. If you are interested in attending this free webinar on June 3 at 10:00 a.m. email Bryan Hanna BHanna@kaplanco.com to get you registered and provide the link and phone number.
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Cool off this summer at our next water cooler meeting on June 24
Join us at our next ECE Water Cooler Meeting! The meeting will take place Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at First 5 LA located at 750 N Alameda, Suite 300 Los Angeles. Click here to see an agenda and RSVP. Contact Devon Miner at email@example.com for any questions.
Training to new administrators on the desired results
Center for Child and Family Studies
The California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division will offer training to new administrators on the desired results. This training will be conducted by WestEd's Desired Results Training and Technical Assistance Project. The hybrid-training model includes one-day, in-person training in October and one-day, in-person training in April and an additional three online training sessions throughout the year. The in-person training sessions will consist of an eight-hour day offered in two separate locations.
Experienced administrators will be offered a two-hour Webinar in September explaining changes to the DRDP and a two-hour Webinar in May on changes to the Program Self-Evaluation.
These trainings are free!! There is no charge for registration or any of the sessions. Please complete the online registration no later than Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.
For additional training information and registration directions, please click on the link below or contact us at 800.770.6339.
Sample letter to Budget Conference Committee Members
As an educator in early education preparation programs, I urge you to support the use of Proposition 98 funds for early care and education investments that are foundational to ensuring families throughout the state have access to quality child care and preschool. Click here for more information.
An 'enormous' increase in classroom technology for the littlest learners
The Hechinger Report
More than half of the nation's preschool teachers say they have tablet computers in the classroom — nearly double what was reported just two years earlier. "That's an enormous jump," said Ellen Wartella, a professor at Northwestern University and author of a study that surveyed 945 preschool teachers in 2015.
Early education highlights of NCES 'Condition of Education' report
Double the percentage of children were enrolled in full-time "pre-primary" education, that is, preschool and kindergarten, in 2013 than were in 1990. Black children were the most likely to be enrolled in kindergarten of any racial group in 2013. And the higher a family's level of education, the more likely that family was to enroll its children in preschool.
The challenge of diversity in pre-K classrooms
Brown v. Board found that "separate is inherently unequal." Research continues to come to the same conclusion. In fact, a re-analysis of a landmark study by James Coleman, focusing mainly on high school students, showed that "a school's socioeconomic composition was one and three-quarters times more important than its students’ own socioeconomic status" in predicting educational outcomes. Other research confirms that school composition can also be very important in the earlier grades; this even rings true for programs serving children before they enter kindergarten. While the federal government has been working to limit racial segregation in education, racial and socioeconomic segregation still persist in many parts of the country.
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Fire prevention in child care
Child care programs, preschools and schools are required to have regular fire exit drills. Too often, however, these drills are rehearsed evacuations with insufficient information or training given on how to react to a true fire emergency. For example, many adults do not realize that in a fire emergency, the facility can be completely engulfed in smoke and flames. The air temperature can exceed 600 degrees Fahrenheit at adult head level, making it impossible to walk out of the building, and dense, black smoke can eliminate visibility of emergency lighting or exit lights. In conditions such as these, the practiced "line up and walk out quickly" exit plan rarely works.
Positively managing student behavior in the classroom
By: Savanna Flakes
Discipline problems and behavior issues have always been and continue to be a leading frustration for teachers. The good news is that variables can easily be manipulated to have a positive influence on student behavior. By being proactive and purposeful in our planning, we can prevent behavior problems before they arise. By building positive relationships with students and explicitly teaching classroom routines, we can manage behavior and increase student motivation.
Study: Preschoolers with autism can be caught early by child care providers
Early education providers can be a good option for detecting autism spectrum disorder in minority children, a population that has been traditionally been underserved by early-intervention programs, according to a recent study. The researchers, based in New Jersey, reached out to Head Start programs and other state-licensed providers in low-income, high-minority cities in the state. The child-care workers screened 90 percent of the children whose parents gave permission for them to participate; most of the children were black or Hispanic and between ages 3 and 5.
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Emerging state and community strategies to improve infant and toddler services
Center for American Progress
Decades of research on brain development and outcomes from early learning interventions have clearly demonstrated that children thrive when they have consistent access to high-quality early childhood programs starting at birth or even before and continuing until they enter kindergarten. Yet too often, programs that target young children provide services in isolation, are underfunded, and fail to meet the needs of all eligible families. Creating a continuum of services that are intentionally aligned to reach children for as long as possible can help ensure that early childhood services and programs effectively support all aspects of young children's healthy development.
Let preschoolers be preschoolers
The Baltimore Sun
In the discussions about high quality pre-K and Common Core standards, it seems to me that we are missing something important. We are so focused on preparing young children for the future and using them to fix societal problems that we are not paying attention to young children themselves, their experiences, their feelings, their sense of themselves. In many ways, we are giving them the message that they are not good enough. We teach them that living in the present moment is not good enough. We push down curriculum and treat young children like school-aged children although their brain structure is not as fully developed.
Household items, toys key to infant motor skill development, research finds
University of Texas at Arlington via Science Daily
Toys, appliances and even a sofa and coffee table can impact the way or when a baby first crawls, walks or achieves other growth milestones, but a new UT Arlington study finds that many parents are unaware of the significant role household items play in their infant's motor skill development. Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor of kinesiology in the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, co-developed a simple questionnaire for caregivers of infants aged 3 to 18 months that she says can aid in the evaluation of toys and other items in the home known as home affordances.
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