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PACE Leadership Summit Feb. 27-28
PACE will be hosting its Leadership Summit at the beautiful Sir Francis Drake Hotel in downtown San Francisco on Feb. 27-28.
Sir Francis Drake PACE Discount Rate is $169.00 (Single/Double Occupancy).
Room block ends Feb. 6 or until full. Call (415) 392-7755, mention PACE!
For more information and to download the registration form click here.
Events you don't want to miss
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- PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
ECEC releases High-Quality Community Early Care and Education Programs: An Essential Support for the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow
ECEC via PACE
ECEC has released a white paper, High-Quality Community Early Care and Education Programs: An Essential Support for the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow, that examines the critical role these programs play within the early childhood program landscape. Unlike most other service providers and program types, high-quality Community Early Care and Education Programs offer developmentally appropriate and enriching school readiness experiences for young children while providing safe, reliable care that empowers parents to be economically productive within the workforce. Affordable access to high-quality Community Early Care and Education Programs remains at the core of successful early childhood state systems that involve a range of programs, including Early Head Start and Head Start, state prekindergarten, and home visiting that operate within various settings, such as community programs and schools. Both non-profit and tax-paying high-quality Community Early Care and Education Programs are at the core of a mixed delivery model. An effective mixed delivery model integrates and leverages resources across program types and settings. This approach to systemic coordination results in more children participating in high-quality community programs, as evidenced by prekindergarten programs in states such as Georgia and New York. Studies consistently show that a mixed delivery model that fully incorporates high–quality Community Early Care and Education Programs ultimately maximizes return on investment in high-quality early care and education programs. The paper is available at http://www.ececonsortium.org/issues-in-focus/ and attached here in PDF.
Health & Safety Regulatory Workgroup — January, 2015
Since 2011 PACE has been represented as a stakeholder at the licensing workgroup. Jan. 6 was the first meeting of the year and PACE CEO, Gina Ayllon particate representing PACE and private providers. Please see the PowerPoint to update you on the important work that has been done and continues on.
Please see the additional resources below that was provided from attending the licensing workgroup:
Here is the R & R Network’s link to all the information put together on the CCDBG Reauthorization: http://www.rrnetwork.org/ccdbg
State Early Learning Guidelines & Standards Regarding Health
Health and Safety Checklist for ECE- link and description:
The Health and Safety Checklist is a 112-item tool developed to assess key health and safety standards and identify ways to improve health and safety in early care and education (ECE) programs. The Checklist includes 72 out of the 138 key health and safety standards in Caring for Our Children, Stepping Stones 3rd Edition. The Checklist was reviewed by an advisory committee of health and safety experts and pilot tested by child care health consultants. The Checklist is user-friendly, easy-to-understand and has links to the Caring for Our Children standards. It can be used on a computer, electronic tablet or smart phone or printed on paper and filled out by hand.
Here's the link and description about the public comment for the Caring for Our Children Basics.
**ACF is requesting public comment on a voluntary set of minimum health and safety standards for early care and education settings titled, "Caring for Our Children Basics."**
Health and safety have been identified in multiple parent surveys as the most important factors to consider when evaluating child care options. Health and safety standards provide the foundation on which states and communities build a solid system of early care and education. Yet, states vary widely in the number and content of health and safety standards as well as how they monitor compliance with these standards. The proposed model standards are called "Caring for our Children Basics." They represent the minimum standards experts believe must be in place wherever children are regularly cared for in non-parental care settings. These are minimum standards and should not be construed to represent all standards that would need to be present to achieve the highest quality of care and early learning. Comment deadline — Feb. 17.
Early Childhood Education Legislative Briefing — Jan. 13
PACE Co-sponsored the ECEC Legislative Briefing along with the following agencies:
Champions for the Early Care and Education Community participated to educate new legislative staff on the importance of investing in Early Care and Eduaction. Assemblymember Rocky Chavez, made some opening comments, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas spoke and Senator Carol Liu presented as well. PACE presented on behalf of the private provider.
- California Child Development Administrators Association
- Child Development Policy Institute
- Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
- Educational Enrichment Systems
- Options — A Child Care and Human Services Agency
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Early Learning Stakeholder Group Meeting.
Resource from PACE attending the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Early Learning Stakeholder Group Meeting on Jan. 13:
To support early childhood teachers, the California Early Learning and Development System provides an integrated set of resources based on state- of-the-art information for early learning and development and best practices in early education. The courses provided on the California Early Childhood Online (CECO) Web site enable teachers to increase content knowledge and ability to provide developmentally appropriate experiences for children in their care. Meeting the developmental needs of young children and their families requires a comprehensive approach. CECO provides access to comprehensive resources and courses in one centralized location to meet the ever-changing needs of the early childhood field. These are free courses. Environment Rating Scales (ERS) will only be available on the site for this year so please take advantage!
Investing in Early Childhood Education
As early childhood education can directly impact all of of the state priorities measuring student outcomes and engagement set forth by the state's new school funding law, the Local Control Funding Formula, now's the time to make sure that early childhood education is included within your district's investment plans for 2015-2016.
Join Children Now on Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. to learn:
With the LCFF well into its second year, California school districts have been provided with an unprecedented level of flexibility to implement innovative strategies that improve student outcomes. Investments in early childhood education have one of the highest rates of return — nearly $7 in savings for every $1 invested. Don't let your district pass up the opportunity to give your students a strong start.
- How school districts are investing in early childhood education within their district's funding plan, known as the Local Control Accountability Plan;
- What concrete next steps you can take to begin strengthening early childhood education within your district; and
- More about available Children Now resources to support your local efforts.
Join this webinar to make sure that you have access to the insights, examples and resources that will help you best position early childhood education within your district's LCAP this year.
Supporting early learners in ESEA
The education community has been abuzz with talk of ESEA reauthorization since the 114th Congress settled into Capitol Hill. Newly appointed Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has made reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more commonly known as No Child Left Behind — it's most recent iteration, his first priority. The law, which aims to improve overall student achievement and close achievement gaps, is widely considered a failure and has been up for reauthorization since 2007. Eager for change, policymakers and advocates have been preparing for reauthorization for more than eight years.
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Bilingualism changes kids' beliefs about the world
Bilingualism in the preschool years can significantly alter a child's beliefs about the world, according to a new study by Concordia University. In contrast to their monolingual peers, children exposed to more than one language after age three believe that a person's psychological attributes are the result of experience rather than something they are born with. For the study, published in the journal Developmental Science, the researchers tested a total of 48 five and 6-year-olds.
Specialized approach aids early education of disruptive children
A new study finds a tailored educational program can improve the kindergartner and first grade experience of children displaying disruptive behaviors. Researchers explain that children with high maintenance temperaments have fewer opportunities to learn in school than their focused peers, and are at risk for lower levels of academic achievement.
Hispanic preschool participation varies by state
Hispanics are the nation's largest minority group, comprising a quarter of all 3- and 4-year-olds. They also have the lowest preschool participation rates of any major ethnicity or race in the United States, 39 percent as compared to about 50 percent for Asians, African-Americans, and whites. But that rate, reported in Education Week's Quality Counts 2015: Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood's Academic Countdown, varies considerably by state.
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Basic training for new dads
San Diego's Basic Training for New Dads is a unique "dads only" class teaching expectant dads the "brass tacks" information and skills needed to hit the ground running in their new role as a parent. Developed in 2007 by clinical psychologist Dr. Daniel Singley, participants in the class learn concrete techniques to be highly engaged with their infants, as well as their partners throughout the perinatal period spanning from conception to a year postpartum.
Are tablets OK for preschoolers?
Experts are divided on this. While the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages parents to read to children from birth, they recently issued recommendations advising parents to "minimize or eliminate altogether" any screen exposure (tablets, phones, TVs) for children younger than 2, citing research on brain development. For older preschool children, the AAP suggests limiting screen time to less than two hours a day.
5 ways to set limits
The goal for setting limits is to give as much responsibility as possible to the child. One contrast between rules and limits is that rules require the adult to take most of the responsibility. The adult must make the rules, enforce the rules and apply some kind of punishment. Limits, however, require the child to accept responsibility for her own behavior and limits never require punishment. This is why limits contribute to the normal development of the child's independence. With that in mind, here are the five ways to set limits. They are interchangeable so you can choose the methods that best suits each situation and each child.
Few preschools are equipped to help children exposed to violence
The Hechinger Report via The Charlotte Observer
When 3-year-old Julian started throwing tantrums in a Chicago preschool, his teachers were unsure how to handle him. His screaming, inconsolable crying and violent outbursts soon escalated to the point where he threw a chair at a teacher. He was subsequently kicked out of the child care program. His mother, Angelica Pabon, knew the reason for Julian's anger and aggression: A few months earlier, the young boy had witnessed his father being shot to death. To recover from the traumatic experience, Julian needed a preschool capable of working through his emotional problems while supporting his academic growth.
Head Start preschool program linked to better weight status in kids
The Clinical Advisor
Children enrolled in the United States preschool Head Start program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten compared with similarly aged children not in the program, results of a study published in Pediatrics suggest. To determine if Head Start participation was associated with healthy changes in body mass index, Julie Lumeng, MD, of the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development in Ann Arbor, and colleagues examined data from 43,748 preschool aged children between 2005 and 2013.
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