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PACE 46th Annual Education Conference — October 16-18, 2015 - Ontario, California
Take a peek at workshop descriptions and the schedule of events.
Friday, October 16, 2015 - Opening Session 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Come hear Michele Silence MA, President of Aerobic Fitness Consultant (Kid-Fit) speak about
How Fitness and Nutrition Impact Preschool Children.
Click here to read her article on Preschool Fitness Tips
Saturday, October 17, 2015 – Morning Session 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Wake-up and Get Moving with Nick and Jen’s Interactive Music and Movement Come let Nic and Jen (aka Hip Hop Jen) take you on a magical adventure into interactive music and movement!
Saturday, October 17, 2015 – Luncheon Keynote Speaker 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Come hear Julie Bartkus, Founder of Child Care Business Success speak on “Bring that New Positive Energy back into the classroom…” at the 46th Annual Education Conference in Ontario
PACE 60th Anniversary Celebration
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Part 2 California Sick Leave New Update Effective Immediately
When: Wednesday, July 30, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Or
Thursday July 30, 2015 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT Add to Calendar
Where:This is an online event
Significant amendments to the California Paid Sick Leave Law, went into effect immediately on July 13, 2015.
Key provisions of the Amendment affect calculation of the rate of pay, method of accrual of paid leave, and recordkeeping.
There are many factors to this bill including:
Rate of Pay Calculation
Alternative Accrual Methods
Reinstatement of Prior Accrued Time
Notice for Unlimited Sick Leave or Paid Time Off Policies
Other Areas of Clarification
Most of the Amendments will affect all California employers who currently are required to provide their employees with Sick Leave. Some of these Amendments, if accepted by the employer, will cause the employer to modify their written sick leave policy in their Handbook.
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AB 1825, Harassment Training for Managers, Required - July 30, 2015
California law AB 1825 requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide all managers, supervisors, leads, or anyone advising employees with two hours of interactive sexual harassment training every two years. Certificate issued upon completion.
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PACE Expands Health Insurance Network with Arrow Benefits Group
PACE has partnered with Arrow Benefits Group to provide the healthcare needs of preschool centers throughout the state of California. Through their vast network of California brokers, Arrow Benefits is offering customized programs and services specifically designed for PACE members and their employees. For example, Premier Access offers a custom dental program developed through Arrow Benefits that provides more choices, lower rates, and flexible participation.
Other services provided through Arrow Benefits include:
Through an added partnership with Covered California (SHOP) and Limelight Health, Arrow Benefits is also providing guidance on healthcare subsidies, which can reimburse employer groups up to 50% of their healthcare premium for up to two years.
- Compliance Services to satisfy Department of Labor and IRS reporting requirements
- HR Education, including a handbook workshop for the upcoming PACE Conference
- Online Enrollment Programs
- Healthcare Newsletter for teachers and parents
- HR Helpline for employer assistance
- Individual Coverage for medical and dental
For any questions, or to get enrolled into this program, please feel free to contact a familiar PACE partner and member: Nic Gutierrez — Arrow Benefits Group (888) 636-7655.
The EESD has posted the following Management Bulletin to the CDE Web site:
Management Bulletin 15-07
Subject: Revised Regional Market Rates
Attention: Executive Officers and Program Directors of Alternative Payment, Migrant, CalWORKs Stage 2, CalWORKs Stage 3 and CFCC Family Child Care Home Education Network Programs
Management Bulletin 15-07 informs contractors operating the following contract types of the revised Regional Market Rate (RMR) ceilings:
California’s Alternative Payment Program (CAPP)
Migrant Alternative Payment Program (CMAP)
CalWORKs Stage 2 (C2AP)
CalWORKs Stage 3 (C3AP)
Family Child Care Home Education Network Program (CFCC)
For a listing of all EESD Management Bulletins, please visit the following CDE website
Early Education and Support Division
California Department of Education
We would like to thank everyone who participated on the July 8, 2015, First 5 IMPACT 101 webinar. For those who were not able to attend, we have posted to our First 5 IMPACT webpage the PowerPoint, an audio version of the webinar, and an amended version of Form 5 — Annual Budget and Reimbursement Table. First 5 California also is working on a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document that will cover not only the questions that went unanswered during the webinar, but also questions that have come through the First 5 IMPACT e-mail account. We will post this FAQ document within the next two weeks. We also clarified during the webinar that the deadline for the Phase 2 – High-Quality Action Plan is Friday, November 20, 2015, at 5 p.m.
Additionally, we would like to remind First 5 county commissions that Letters of Intent (LOI) are due Monday, July 13,2015, by 5 p.m. We will post a list of those county commissions who have submitted LOIs on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in order to give local public entities (LPEs) the opportunity to apply for First 5 IMPACT in their county. The deadline for LPEs to submit their LOI is Monday, July 20, 2015, at 5 p.m. For further information on this process, please see the First 5 IMPACT Request for Application (RFA) posted on the First 5 IMPACT webpage at http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/programs/programs_impact.html.
Finally, First 5 California would like to acknowledge that we received feedback and questions regarding county site targets during the webinar and from the First 5 IMPACT e-mailbox over the last several days. We are working to address county concerns about First 5 IMPACT calculation of site targets (RFA–Appendix K), guidelines for multi-funded sites, and parameters for inclusion of CSPP sites in the site targets. First 5 California staff will work to resolve these as soon as possible and both post and e-mail the resolutions before the Phase I application is due on Monday, August 10, 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact the First 5 IMPACT Team at F5IMPACT@ccfc.ca.gov.
First 5 IMPACT Team
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We're bringing our CLASS trainings to Sacramento from August 11–14 and would love to see you there! We'll be offering trainings at the Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K age levels, as well as some of our coach trainings that we rarely offer at our regional events.
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Early Childhood Investigations Webinars- Free!
07/22/2015 11:00a, PST Exploring ADHD in Young Children, by Pamela Brillante, Ed.D.
07/29/2015 11:00am PST Quality Ratings, Common Core, AND DAP: Do they all play together? by Kyle Snow
08/05/2015 11:00am PSTSnagging Talented ECE Teachers: Attract, Engage, and Retain the Best Teachers Who are in for the Long
08/19/2015 11:00am PST Workshops Work! Hosting Literacy Workshops for Families of Preschoolers, by Kathryn Roberts and Nell D
09/09/2015 11:00am PST Eight Leadership Qualities That Advance the Right Choices for Young Children, by Maurice Sykes
10 ideas for using learning centers
Learning centers, often called zones or stations, provide a variety of curriculum activities using cognitive modes of learning, such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic. By using centers in your program, you can reach all children in the way they learn best. All of the following ideas use inexpensive materials that require little preparation. You'll be amazed at how quickly your program turns into a "super-center."
Report: Federal money for children disappearing faster than money in overall budget
Primarily due to the end of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money, federal funding for children's programs has dropped 9.4 percent over the last five years, compared to a 4 percent overall spending drop, as defined in an analysis by First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization for children's issues. The analysis, which came out in June (sorry for the delay in noting it here!), looks at spending from 2011 to 2015 and concludes that after one-time money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ran out and as across the board sequestration cuts took effect, spending on children dropped off. Children in the report are defined simply as anyone younger than 18.
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Do kids need a fitness tracker?
Fitness trackers continue to be a hot ticket item for adults looking to lose weight and get in shape, and the trend is here to stay. In fact, the wearables market will grow 35 percent over the next five years, a recent report by BI Intelligence found. And just like smartphones and tablets geared for kids, companies like X-Doria, GeoPalz and LeapFrog now offer activity trackers for children as young as 4.
Secret to successful kids? Hard working parents
University of Nebraska-Lincoln via Science Daily
To learn how parents cultivate talent in their children, researchers interviewed the parents of 24 youth with national or world-class standing in their area of talent. Results showed that parents were instrumental in all aspects of talent development. Parents created an environment where their children's talents were identified and fostered early, arranged for expert coaching, facilitated intensive practice and sustained children's motivation — all factors identified in previous research as key to developing world-class skills.
Hillary pushes to expand federal preschool, results questioned
Hillary Clinton pushed to expand a federal program that has cost billions of taxpayer dollars in her sweeping economic address despite questions about its results. "I'm committed to seeing every four-year-old in America having access to high-quality preschool in the next 10 years," Clinton said during her speech, highlighting a theme she has raised repeatedly on the campaign trail. Head Start, the federal government's existing preschool program, consumed nearly $8.6 billion last year to provide the same services for which Clinton has recently advocated.
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Funding education for our youngest learners
When policymakers and citizens talk about expanding children's access to high-quality early education, they sometimes overlook the need for a stable stream of funding for early education programs. Instead, programs serving children birth-to-five are typically funded by a patchwork of streams blended or braided together to serve as many children as possible. Without dedicated funding for early care and education, state agencies are left to piece together revenue sources for their youngest children. Unsurprisingly, this leaves many states, including South Carolina, with underfunded programs.
Finding the right preschool a matter of public policy, private enterprise
In a era where restaurant reviews, hotel ratings, and other crowd-sourced information is available at a mouse click or finger-swipe, finding out information on local day cares or preschools is rarely that easy. Many child-care and early-education providers don't have websites, and if they do, they might not list basic information, like price. If parents have more than one care option, they may weigh them on "feel" alone, rather than in addition to hard facts on factors such as adult-to-child ratios, caregiver qualifications or inspection results.
Sticks, stones and video games: Tools for imaginary play
Psychology Today (commentary)
Pamela B Rutledge, a contributor for Psychology Today, writes: "Andrea Bonior makes some excellent points about the importance of allowing creativity and imagination in play without overzealous, politically-correct, anxiety-driven restriction that keeps kids out of trees and puddles and away from sticks. When I was a kid, we lived near an orange grove and my neighborhood buddies and I spent a lot of our summer sitting in one particular tree, freely making use of sticks for a multitude of purposes. We make bows and arrows. Then swords. Then wands. We used the sticks to draw fantastic houses in the dirt. We stuck sticks into oranges to let the juice out. We also used small sticks to block up irrigation ditches to make tiny dams for imaginary creature. We came home exuberant, exhausted and filthy. It was great."
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