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|Announcing the PACE Free Human Resources
Helpline to PACE Members:
In partnership with Arrow HR Services, PACE is offering a toll-free HR Helpline to all existing PACE members. This resource provides employers with the ability to ask questions, explore solutions and act in a responsible way that supports your Human Resource activities. The Hotline is a complimentary service available to PACE members and is administered through Arrow Benefits Group, which provides a full suite of Benefits and HR compliance services.
Through the PACE HR Helpline, you will have Senior HR experts standing by to answer questions, give a second opinion or provide assistance through a critical workforce issue. After your initial contact, you will receive added resources including HR newsletters, HR Webinars, Compliance Alerts and access to education material specific to the childcare industry.
Available resources include:
Call today to register for additional online services and HR updates, which will include future dates for relevant webinars for you and your staff.
- Thousands of forms, documents, tools, and templates for every HR department
- 200+ on-demand management and training courses
- Compliance guidelines and checklist
- Wellness and safety program
- Hiring and on-boarding polices
- Performance review tools
- Healthcare Reform Center
- Work place safety
- Job description builder
- Salary benchmark tools
- Harassment training and prevention
- State and local law resource
- Performance management
Is your center ready for 2016 Employment Issue? Start the year right by making sure you attend this two hour training that can help you save money! — Click here for the registration information.
- Jan. 28, 2016 — Northern Capitol Region
- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — California Child Development Administrators Association Conference Room, 1107 2nd St #320, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Jan. 29, 2016 — Bay Area Region 2 Locations:
- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA
- 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Bay Area Entrepreneur Center, 458 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066
PACE is co-sponsoring 2016 Early Learning Advocacy Day and it's only 2 weeks away! Please sign up by registering here.
Click here to view the governor's proposed 2016-2017 budget.
Starting in January, services are available to households with a 2015 income of $54,000 or less. Exceptions may apply. Call your local partner for details.
You may qualify for a tax credit but you have to file your taxes! Don't miss the deadline to file — April 18, 2016!
Truth be told — one of the things that is eating child care owners' profits is past due accounts that are owned to them. If you've moved past this point in your child care program — kudos. But if you're still struggling with your child care clients who owe you money, I have a few tips and ideas for you.
Contra Costa 12 Annual Young Children's Issues Forum
Join your local state legislators, local elected officials, and special guests in a dialogue about the national movement towards Universal Quality Early Care and Education, state legislation, and current initiatives for quality improvement of California's early care and education programs.
When: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration and resource fair begins at 8:30 a.m., continental breakfast and lunch provided.
Click here to register.
Speak Out for Children — Become a Sponsor!
We invite you to partner with us by becoming a sponsor and/or a partner in the Annual Young Children's Issues Forum. If you're interested in collaborating or sponsoring this year's event, click here.
California Department of Education
On Nov. 19, 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant was reauthorized. The Child Care and Development Fund is a component of the block grant. Every three years, the federal government requires states, territories, and tribes that receive funds through the federal CCDF to prepare and submit a plan detailing how these funds will be allocated and expended. The California Department of Education has been designated in state law to be the lead agency that is responsible for administering the CCDF in California and, therefore, is required to submit the CCDF State Plan.
Holy Family Day Home
Holy Family Day Home is a venerable San Francisco institution, located across from historic Mission Dolores Basilica, serving more than 16,000 children and families since its founding by the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1878. At its present location since 1911, the Day Home has earned its remarkable reputation as a leader in the provision of highest quality early childhood education, daycare, and support services to children and families of every ethnic background and religious denomination, of every socio-economic level.
Food Research and Action Center
The National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center and Feeding America, draws anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates; federal, state and local government officials; child advocates; representatives of food banks and food rescue organizations; sponsoring organizations and nutrition and anti-obesity groups, for three days of training, networking and Capitol Hill advocacy. Participants share information and learn how to strengthen the quality and reach of federal nutrition programs, learn best outreach and program practices from other states and localities, fill in the gaps in food service for millions of low-income children, and identify creative ideas for new and innovative approaches to ending hunger. Members of Congress, Hill staff and key Administration officials attend the conference, provide comments as part of plenary sessions and panels, and join participants at receptions and special events.
California Health and Human Services Agency
Mark your calendars for our Let's Get Healthy California Innovation Conference on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Sacramento — Capitol Plaza Hotel, 300 J Street, in Sacramento.
We will come together to showcase local and statewide innovations that promote the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower cost, and to measure our state's progress to meet the six goal areas of the Let's Get Healthy California Task Force. We will unveil our new Let's Get Healthy California website, announce the Innovation Challenge finalists, and hear an update on our LGHC Quality Indicators.
Please register at: Innovation Conference Registration.
Click here to view the news release.
The Water Cooler Conference
Registration for Advancement Project's 8th Annual Early Learning Water Cooler Conference is now available! Don't miss out and reserve your spot now at our Early Registration rate, available until Dec. 31, 2015. The Early Learning Water Cooler Conference will take place Feb. 22-23, 2016 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel located at 1230 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814.
We are excited to announce Paul Tough and David B. Grusky as two of our keynote speakers for the conference!
Jan. 20, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET — Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs
By: Tom Copeland
Click here to see a list of all upcoming webinars.
President Barack Obama used his very last State of the Union address to press for action on unfinished pieces of his agenda — including universal prekindergarten and offering two years of free commmunity college to most students — from Congress and his successor in the White House. And Obama made it clear he wants to continue to fight to expand access to high-quality math, science, and technology courses, and the training and recruitment of good teachers. He also took a victory lap on a couple of his big K-12 initiatives — including record high graduation rates and the passage of a long-stalled rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Center for American Progress
The years spanning pre-kindergarten to third grade are particularly important ones: During this time, children develop crucial social-emotional and cognitive skills that build the foundation for later success inside and outside the classroom. High-quality early learning programs have a significant positive impact on 4-year-olds’ academic achievement and social-emotional skills over the course of their pre-K year. Children who attend preschool gain four additional months of learning, on average, compared with their peers who do not attend. Many studies show that cognitive gains for children who attended high-quality preschool last into early elementary school and adolescence, while others have identified a convergence of achievement scores between children who attended high-quality pre-K and those who did not by third grade. Long-term benefits, particularly gains in social-emotional learning, generally persist.
When we consider movement education, we tend to think first in terms of the child's physical development. Cognitive development doesn't readily come to mind. Yet there is increasing evidence that because a child's earliest learning is based on motor development, so too is the learning that follows. Studies of how young children learn have proven they especially acquire knowledge experientially — through play, experimentation, exploration and discovery.
Selene Ramirez has a lot on her plate caring for her three children and two nieces who live at her home in Buena Park, near Anaheim, but she finds the time to spend 15 minutes every day with each child — reading, writing or working on crafts. A few years ago, Ramirez, who came to the United States from Nayarit, Mexico, about 13 years ago, was unsure about how best to help her children and nieces — now ages 4 to 9 — prepare for school. But a twice-a-week parent-and-toddler class called the Early Literacy and Math Program, run by the nonprofit organization Think Together, gave her additional tools. Family involvement is key to helping all preschool children prepare academically for kindergarten and beyond, experts say.
The Associated Press
Soaring tax revenues have carried per-pupil education spending in California beyond where it stood before the recession, but even the record sum proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown is unlikely to reverse the state's standing as a comparative miser when it comes to investing in public schools, advocates and education officials said. Brown, a Democrat known for preaching fiscal restraint, released a budget plan last week that would boost state spending per student to $10,591 in the next fiscal year, compared to $8,564 per student in 2007 and $7,008 during the worst of the recession.
Serena works 40 hours per week in a North Alabama child care center, teaching a class of 1-year-olds. Her day starts at 7 a.m. with free play, followed by sign language, counting in English and Spanish, teaching the alphabet, a color craft, and talking about the "shape of the month." Then it's lunch time, followed by naptime, and then free play until the children are picked up by their parents. Serena, a married mother of one, gets paid $7.75 per hour. No insurance, no paid vacation. Her daughter does get to attend the child care center for free because Serena teaches there.
Concordia University via Science Daily
Preschoolers who score lower on a memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 12, new research shows. In a new article, the authors offer suggestions for how parents can help kids improve their kid's memory.
The same data- and evidence-driven approach that was made famous by a former baseball general manager would dramatically improve the 50-year-old federal preschool program for young children, says a report written in partnership with Head Start advocates and good governance think tanks. For example, Head Start needs to start investing more in research so that it can figure out the practices of the most effective Head Start centers and find a way to replicate them across the country, according to the report "Moneyball for Head Start." Currently, a quarter of a percent of Head Start's $8.6 billion budget is spent on research and evaluation, and that should be boosted to 1 percent, the report says.
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