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Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
As a member of the stakeholder community of the Common Education Data Standards, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment would like to inform you about the opportunity to comment on the latest CEDS version, Version 5.

While educational institutions across the P-20W (early learning through post secondary and workforce) environment use many different data standards to meet information needs, there are certain data elements we all need to be able to understand, compare and exchange in an accurate, timely and consistent manner. For these, we need a shared vocabulary for education data — that is, we need common education data standards. The CEDS project is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements to streamline the exchange, comparison, and understanding of data within and across P-20W institutions and sectors. CEDS is developed each year by stakeholder communities, but is equally shaped by those who provide feedback during the public comment period.

The draft of Version 5 of the Common Education Data Standards has been released for public comment. All are encouraged to review the draft standards and submit comments by Nov. 13 via the CEDS website. There are over 100 proposed new V5 elements, as well as some updated elements from the previous version of CEDS. Many existing elements have be adapted for additional use cases and to stay in sync with developments by various programs and initiatives using education data. In total, the proposed CEDS Version 5 includes over 1,400 unduplicated elements. The Version 5 draft spans P-20W (early learning through workforce), including additions to:
  • Early Learning
  • K12
  • Post secondary
  • Adult Education / Workforce / Career and Technical
  • Assessments
  • Learning Resources
  • Learning Standards
Please note the Version 5 draft elements are accessible by the CEDS element page or by Excel download. The draft elements are NOT included in the data model (DES or NDS) or the CEDS Tools (Align and Connect). Once the elements have gone through the review process and been revised as final they will be included in the models and tools with the V5 release in January, 2015.


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10 ways to create self-reliant learners
Earlychildhood News
Five-year-old Maria goes to the music center, chooses a CD, inserts it into the player, adjusts her headphones, and listens. In the library corner, Will searches for his favorite book. He looks, but the book isn't in its usual place. Instead of asking an adult for help, he hides his face and cries. Maria and Will approach tasks in different ways. Maria is an independent learner who finds solutions to her problems. Will, on the other hand, is easily frustrated and unable to solve problems quickly and efficiently. How can teachers promote independence and self-reliance in the classroom?
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Preschool teachers among lowest paid despite degrees
Southern California Public Radio
While debate rages on increasing the minimum wage locally and nationally, one unexpected group of workers earning close to the bottom of the scale stands to benefit if the floor is raised: preschool teachers. Although a college degree is required for many teaching in early education, it's not unusual for a teacher to get about $11.75 an hour or $24,440 for the year. That salary puts a family of three or more below the federal poverty line.
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The research says high quality preschool does benefit kids
Preschool Matters ... Today
First, if one really believes that today's preschool programs are much less effective than the Perry Preschool and Abecedarian programs because those programs were so much more costly and intensive, and started earlier, then the logical conclusion is that today's programs should be better funded, more intensive and start earlier.
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States asked to lead on universal preschool
President Barack Obama's call for universal preschool appears to have stalled in Washington due to political gridlock, but administration officials are hoping that states like California will pick up the slack. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said there aren't any new executive or Congressional actions planned to advance the president's proposal for universal preschool for 4-year-olds. Federal efforts have turned to partnering with states, where he says he is seeing considerable progress.
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Yoga for kids brings stress-relief to preschool set
CBS News
The stress-relieving practice of yoga is well known for its many health benefits. Now mainstream for American adults, yoga is also becoming increasingly popular with children. That means yoga instructors are looking for ways to gear the ancient practice specifically to children. They gathered to learn new techniques and share their expertise at the first ever National Kids Yoga Conference, which was held last month at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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Early returns: Bringing the farm to preschool
The Huffington Post
How do you get a 4-year-old to put down a bag of chips and pick up an apple? There's no simple answer, as any parent can tell you, but what we're discovering across the country is that farm to preschool programs are a great way to start. Ask Kiersten Firquain, known to young children in Kansas City as Chef K, and she'll share a telling story. In partnership with Good Natured Family Farms, an alliance of 150 family farms in the region around Kansas City, Chef K runs a program called Bistro Kids that connects children at Head Start preschools with healthy, local food.
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Polls show early education popular in battleground states
Education Week
A majority of voters in five battleground states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and North Carolina — support expanding early-learning programs such as preschool and home-visiting programs, according to polls results released Oct. 20 that were conducted with the backing of early-education advocacy groups. The polls in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina were conducted between May and September for the First Five Years Fund, an advocacy organization with offices in Washington and Chicago. The Georgia survey was conducted in August on behalf of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, based in Atlanta.
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These are the states where kids have the best opportunities in education
The Huffington Post
While more students are graduating from high school and college, the number of young students enrolled in preschool in recent years has stagnated. A new index from the nonprofit groups Opportunity Nation and Measure of America looks at the level of opportunity afforded to citizens around the country in the areas of education, jobs and local economy, community health and civic life. The index ranks the best areas for educational opportunity, based on on-time high school graduation rates, the percentage of adults with an associate's degree or higher — and on preschool enrollment rates. And while the report found that levels of opportunity in America have improved overall since 2011, that accomplishment has not been the case for getting kids enrolled in preschool.
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