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PACE 46th Annual Education Conference — Oct. 16-18, 2015 — Ontario, California
PACE Board of Director invites you to join in celebrating PACE 60th Anniversary!
Friday, Oct. 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, Oct. 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, Oct. 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
Take a peak on the Workshop Descriptions and Schedule of Events
Click here for the registration form.
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Arne Duncan on accountability in ESEA reauthorization
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may only have eighteen months left in office — but they're critical months when it comes to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The House and Senate each passed bills that take aim at the Obama administration's K-12 priorities when it comes to teacher evaluation, standards, and more. While the Republican-backed House bill was somewhat of a lost cause, the administration couldn't secure much of its ask-list in the Senate bill — particularly when it came to beefing up accountability — before it passed with big partisan support.
Child care providers demand $15-an-hour pay
As the Fight for $15, the movement to secure a $15-dollar an hour wage for employees, gains momentum, child care providers are becoming more vocal about working toward the goal. Calling our child care system broken — because it leaves families unable to afford care and providers unable to support their families — child care providers, parents, members of the Congressional Progressive PGR +0.00 percent Caucus and other Members of Congress announced a plan that aims to secure affordable and accessible child care for every American family and to strengthen the child care workforce.
Standards are important
The Hill (commentary)
Yasmina Vinci, a contributor for The Hill, writes: "Ever since the Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Head Start Program Performance Standards was released a month ago, I have been speaking about it with Head Start leaders, staff, and parents in communities from Texas to California to Alabama. As one who spends most of my time getting to know members of our community, I have been delighted — though not surprised — by their openness to change and their commitment to ensuring access to the highest quality for the vulnerable children and families they serve."
Coalition forms to bring universal child care to DC
Recently, the Post declared that universal child care will be "the next big liberal cause." Jeremiah Lowery agrees, which is why he helped start a coalition to bring universal child care to D.C. "Childcare will be the next big issue for 2016," Lowery says. "It's an issue that's very touching for a lot of parents, of every income level." Composed of legal advocates from Georgetown Law School, policy experts from the National Women's Law Center and ChildCare Aware, and, of course, parents, the Universal Childcare D.C. Coalition hopes to push legislation through the Council to design a proper universal child care system in the District.
U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education
As you know, over the last 18 months First 5 California has been engaged in promoting its Talk. Read. Sing.® campaign. We wanted to share the following message from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, and Too Small to Fail.
"We know that right now during the first three years of life, a child born into a low-income family hears 30 million fewer words than a child born into a well-off family. By giving more of our kids access to high-quality pre-school and other early learning programs, and by helping parents get the tools they need to help their kids succeed, we can give those kids a better shot at the career they are capable of, and a life that will make us all better off." — President Obama
During the first few years of life, children's brains develop at a rapid pace, influenced by the experiences they have at home, in their early care and education settings, and in their communities. Their experiences include the quantity and quality of words they are exposed to through talking, reading and singing. Research has found that providing infants, toddlers and preschoolers with rich early language experiences can have important benefits on their brain development and school readiness.
Recently, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, are releasing "Talk, Read, Sing Together, Every Day!," a suite of resources that can help enrich children's early language experiences beginning from birth. This toolkit is the result of a commitment made at the 2014 White House convening focused on bridging the "word gap."
The suite of resources includes tip sheets for families, preschool teachers, and infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, as well as a fact sheet that highlights the evidence behind the benefits of being bilingual and embracing children's home languages. All tip sheets are available in English and Spanish, and can be downloaded for free at toosmall.org.
We hope you find these resources helpful and share them with your networks!
Talking is Teaching Family Guide (PDF available in English and Spanish)
Talking is Teaching Storybook (PDF available in English and Spanish)
Tips for Infants & Toddlers (PDF)
Talking is Teaching Community Provider Guide (PDF)
Books Build Connections Toolkit. Learn what every pediatrician can do to promote early literacy and learning. (AAP.org)
Tips for Health Care Professionals (PDF)
Let's Play Pretend ... With Math!
Join your friends at Sesame Street for a FREE online course for early childhood educators entitled Make Believe with Math. This self-paced course is designed for all early childhood educators — whether you are working in a classroom, center-based program, or family child care setting. The course will enable educators to explore the fun of math in children's make-believe play and how math moments can be incorporated into everyday learning.
The online course will:
Educators will have two sessions to choose from:
- Highlight the importance of math and pretend play in children's lives
- Explore how a facilitator can integrate "math moments" into children's pretend play
- Offer an interactive learning experience during which educators can connect with others
- August Session: Aug. 1–31 (Registration opens July 15)
- October Session: Oct. 1–31
To be notified when course registration opens, and for more information on the course, please visit www.sesamestreet.org/freeonlinecourse and choose a session. Sesame Street will then send you more details about registering for the course. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email Sesame Street at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division.
Report on kids' poverty in US raises eyebrows
A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation's economic turnaround. Twenty-two percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the latest "Kids Count Data Book", with poverty rates nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians and problems most severe in South and Southwest.
Early childhood education and leadership in schools
Preschool Matters ... Today
Recently, many educational leaders from across the country attended the Early Childhood Roundtable, an annual convergence of CEELO, ECE SCASS, and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (aka, the "Specialists") meetings. Dr. Steve Tozer, UIC, Center for Urban Education Leadership, expounded upon school leadership. He said, "School leadership is second only to classroom instruction in making a difference in wall-to-wall school learning and outcomes." Steve hit home that socio-economic issues may be predominant, but should not become an excuse for poor learning outcomes. He cited Bryk, Sebring, et al (2010) and Bryk, Gomez, et al (2015) to help us expand our understanding regarding the essentials to organize schools for improvement, and the leadership that it takes to do so.
Creating indoor environments for young children
An early childhood environment is many things: It's a safe place where children are protected from the elements and are easily supervised, and it's where the important activities of the day take place, such as playing, eating, sleeping, washing hands and going to the bathroom. Beyond the basics, however, an environment for young children implements and supports a program's philosophy and curriculum.
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Charter pre-K: Early education's missed opportunity?
The evidence that quality early education can change kids’ lives for the better is solid. Good early education programs can improve children's school readiness, reduce special ed placements and grade retention, and they help put kids on the right trajectory toward high school graduation, post-secondary education and success in adulthood.
Teaching preschoolers to use computers — along with their parents
The Hechinger Report
The library in Boston's Haynes Early Education Center is a bright, cheery space filled with well-stocked bookcases, tables ringed by small wooden chairs, art supplies, cushions for story time and dozens of laminated vocabulary words strung below an oversized paper alphabet. But one of the most important learning tools here is a small gray box lit by a blinking green LED, perched well above kid-height on a yellow wall by the door. It's the Wi-Fi transponder that brings broadband Internet to the fingertips of about 175 small children — preschool through first-grade, mostly from low-income African American and Hispanic families.
Technology holds promise for students with poor vocabulary skills
In 1995, the researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley published the results of their groundbreaking study that found 4-year-olds from working-class families and families on welfare had considerably smaller vocabularies than their age-mates from professional families. This difference has been called "the 30-million-word gap." One reason their work has been so influential is that it helped quantify the challenge education systems face when children enter school with vast differences in educational readiness.
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7 learning zones every classroom must have
There are many elements to consider as you plan for the next school year. You always review critical pieces like standards, curriculum, instructional activities and testing, but you also think about the classroom space and how to arrange desks, set up bulletin boards and organize materials. You can bring these seemingly disconnected components together in a system of seven learning zones. The discovery, news, supplies, community, quiet, teacher and subject area zones will help you establish routines, save time and maintain your sanity from the first through the last days of school.
Report: State policies create barriers to early childhood charter schools
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia have legislation that allows charter schools as well as state-funded preschool programs, and 32 of those jurisdictions have at least one charter school serving preschoolers, but state policies present a barrier to charter preschools in many jurisdictions, according to a new report from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
'Sesame Street' as the first MOOC; What can be learned for preschool education
Preschool education is one of the biggest topics on the education agenda for the 2016 presidential election. As policy makers seek to provide universal preschool education for all in hopes of leveling the academic playing field, CBS News looks at what can be learned for what it calls the very first MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) — "Sesame Street." Recent research from economists Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine took a look at "Sesame Street" as a MOOC and found two important messages for how such programming can provide access to early education to all at a fraction of the cost as traditional classrooms.
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