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PACE 2015 Directory
It's that time of year! PACE is getting ready to compile it 2015 Directory.
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Events you don't want to miss
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- PACE Leadership Summit
Feb. 27-28, 2015
Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco, CA
- PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
- DSS Regional Trainings 2015
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The new Regional Market Rates are now available to the public
California Department of Education
Assembly Trailer Bill 1476 (Chapter 663 of the Statutes of 2014), beginning Jan. 1, 2015, requires the California Department of Education to implement ceilings at the 85th percentile of the 2009 Regional Market Rate Survey reduced by 10.11 percent. If a calculated ceiling is less than the ceiling provided before Jan. 1, 2015, then the ceiling from the 2005 Regional Market Survey will be used. The licensed-exempt child care provider ceilings will be 60 percent of the Family Child Care Home ceilings.
2015-2016 Governor's Budget Summary
Early Edge California
Recently, Gov. Edmund Brown released his 2015-16 budget proposal, a $113.3 billion budget proposal that largely held funding for early learning and development steady, reflecting the gains made in last year’s budget agreement, but falling short of any major increase in funding for children from birth to age 5. Given the foundational importance of the first five years of life and the rapid brain development that begins at birth, we are disappointed that there wasn't a strong investment made for our most vulnerable infants and toddlers in this budget proposal. Only a fraction of our eligible babies are enrolled in programs that support their healthy development and prepare them for success.
Governor's 2014-2015 January Budget Proposal
California Child Care Resource & Referral
A net decrease of $9.1 million federal funds in 2014-2015 to reflect a reduction of available carryover funds ($3.2 million), and a decrease of $5.9 million to the base grant. Total federal funding is $555.6 million.
Easing separation anxiety
Most experienced childcare providers will attest to the difficulties of assisting parents with a child who doesn't want to spend his or her day in a childcare setting. This phenomenon is referred to as separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a normal phase of development beginning with mobility at around six months and intensifying from 12 to 18 months. It is during this phase that children may experience intense emotions when separated from loved ones. Although it is difficult to reassure a child who misses the familiarity of home and family, there are ways for childcare providers to help parents with this sensitive time in their child's life.
Consensus on early education value, but policy questions remain
A year ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told state leaders at a National Governors Association gathering that the growth of publicly financed early-childhood education in the nation is "inevitable." Actions at the state, local, and federal levels, both before and after that meeting, have largely proved the assertion true. In New York, for example, lawmakers set aside $340 million for preschool in May, most of which was earmarked for creating a universal preschool program in New York City. On a far smaller scale, Indiana is dipping a toe into the preschool waters, with a program set to serve 2,000 in five counties.
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Annual report: Early Care and Education 2014 Legislative Action
The Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2015 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories. Issues include child care and child care financing, early childhood services, prekindergarten, professional development, home visiting, infants and toddlers, and financing early education. Legislation can be searched by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword. This database, which is updated biweekly, is made possible by the generous support of the Alliance for Early Success.
'Redshirting' kindergarten-age kids can lead to regrets
The New York Times
Last week we had our 4-year-old's parent-teacher conference. She's in pre-K, turning 5 next summer, and so one of her teacher's first questions for us was, "What are you thinking about kindergarten?" We've been here before. She's our family's third summer baby, which in our Ohio school district means that all of our kids turn 5 just under the kindergarten cutoff of Sept. 30. Our youngest is small, a bit shy, and sticks mostly to one or two friends. She's also bright, capable, emotionally secure, and on the cusp of literacy. What to do?
A different approach to breaking the cycle of poverty
This neighborhood south of downtown is bleak, with empty parking lots fenced in by barbed wire, and skeletons of buildings covered in graffiti. Many of the people walking the long blocks of Mechanicsville grew up poor, and their children are likely to be poor, too. It's part of the vicious cycle of poverty — without access to high-quality education, kids born into poverty are likely to remain there for their whole lives, despite the promise of the American Dream.
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Letter to the editor: Quality assurance for the youngest students' teachers
The Wall Street Journal
Linda Smith, deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Libby Doggett, deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning, U.S. Department of Education have written an letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal concerning the regulations of qualifications of early childhood teachers in the new grants from the Department of Education and HHS.
Preschool kids can have fun building the crucial life skill of self-regulation, research shows
The best predictor of kids' academic success might not be how many letters they recognize by age 3 or how high they can count by age 4, but how willing they are to persist at challenging tasks and how well they plan ahead, pay attention, remember and follow instructions, and control their impulses and emotions. These so-called executive functions, also known collectively as self-regulation or self-control, have long been considered a key life skill.
US gets bad grades for pre-K education
Most U.S. states have mediocre to poor pre-kindergarten participation rates, according to a new report by Education Week, which shows significant income-related gaps and often meager enrollment rates for preschool students. Education Week gave the U.S. a D-plus overall on preschool participation despite a significant push in a number of states to expand access to pre-K. The states with the most positive marks were Hawaii and Mississippi, which received Bs, along with the District of Columbia, which earned a B-plus. Idaho and Utah ranked at the bottom of the list and received Fs.
How Language and Immigrant Background Influence Pre-K Participation and Kindergarten Readiness
The number of dual language learners in the United States is growing extremely rapidly. And there's strong evidence that identifying and supporting these students early in their educational process can make a big difference for them in the long run. Yet, according to a recent webinar by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes and the National Institute for Early Education Research on Young Immigrants and Dual Language Learners: Participation in Pre-K & Gaps at Kindergarten Entry, few states require early language screening in early education programs.
'Quality Counts' report surveys early learning landscape
Quality early-childhood education has been on the top of the policy agenda around the country, and Education Week is using this year's Quality Counts report — "Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood's Academic Countdown" — to explore just how states are measuring up against each other, and to tell the stories behind the numbers.
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