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PACE will be hosting its Leadership Summit at the beautiful Sir Francis Drake Hotel in downtown San Francisco on Feb. 27-28.

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Fact sheet: Helping all working families with young children afford child care
The White House Office of the Press Secretary
Helping working Americans meet the needs of their jobs and their families is a key part of the president's plan to bolster and expand the middle class. Access to high-quality child care and early education not only promotes a child's development, but it also helps support parents who are struggling to balance work and family obligations. A safe, nurturing environment that enriches children's development is critical to working families and is one of the best investments we can make in our economy. Yet today, a year of child care costs more than a year of in-state tuition at most colleges — putting a significant strain on parents.
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Federal Activities from Early Childhood Education Consortium
Early Care and Education Consortium
ECEC Executive Director represented ECEC at the Dec. 19, 2014, White House Summit on Early Education ( This event showcased the President's commitment to early care and learning and included the announcement of over $300 million of awards via the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants, Preschool Development and Expansion grants, as well as private contributions. The president, first lady and vice president all spoke positively and eloquently about the need for quality early learning programming for all children.
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California Child Care and Development Fund Quality Improvement survey
The CDE/EESD is the lead agency in California for the Child Care and Development Fund. The federal requirement is that a portion of the funds be spent on quality improvement activities. These can include:
  • Training and professional development
  • Early learning and development guidelines
  • Tiered quality rating system
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Child care resource and referral services
  • Licensing and health and safety requirements
  • Quality evaluation
  • Accreditation
  • Program standards, and
  • Other measurable quality activities
You will find a survey at regarding our current quality expenditures presented from the lens of three objectives:
  1. Establishing Voluntary Early Learning Guidelines
  2. Creating Pathways to Excellence for Child Care Programs through Program Quality Improvement Activities, and
  3. Pathways to Excellence for the Workforce — Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives
Please take time to complete the survey and provide input. You can save your progress and return to it as many times as needed, until you are ready to submit it. All surveys need to be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 11. Feel free to send this message to other early childhood education stakeholders or providers.

Your feedback will help to inform the next CCDF Quality Improvement plan and budget. Thank you for your participation.

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Investing in Early Childhood Education
Children Now
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:
  • 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.
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.

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.

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Professional development programs improve pre-K teacher-child interactions
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute via Science Daily
Two professional development programs for pre-kindergarten teachers have improved their interactions with children, according to a new report for Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Scientists from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Child Trends found benefits from both approaches in increased emotional support that children received from their teachers. FPG scientist Diane Early, lead author of the report, explained high-quality teacher-child interactions are essential for beneficial child outcomes.
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An environment that positively impacts young children
Earlychildhood News
Jessica, age four, enters her new preschool classroom for the very first time. She looks around and tries to determine what happens in this space? Does she belong here? Will it be an interesting place to spend her days? Will she be supported as she grows and develops? Jessica will discover the answers through her interactions with the physical environment of her classroom. If she spends her day in an effectively designed environment, Jessica will be physically, emotionally, aesthetically and intellectually nurtured. This appropriate environment can maximize her intellectual potential and provide a foundation for the development of her emotional security.
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What's the cure for whining?
Hand in Hand
Usually, whining happens shortly after your child's sense of connection to you has broken. The ordinary things you must do, like feeding little brother, cooking dinner, or talking to a friend on the phone, can eat away at your child's sense that he's connected and cared about. Your whining child probably won't be satisfied by changing her juice from the blue cup to the red cup, or by getting her a cookie with perfect edges. Your child needs you. She needs to feel connected to you. Only a sense of connection can mend that awful out-of-sorts feeling that's bothering her.
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Daycare and early childhood education in the United States: Research roundup
Journalist's Resource
As the percentage of women in the workforce has grown over time — in 1974 it was just 47 percent, and by 2007 was nearly 71 percent — the need for affordable childcare options has become a focus of increasing media and public attention, with many new avenues for stories, trend analysis and investigations. In his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama put the issue front and center, saying that childcare is a "must have" for working parents: "It's time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or a women's issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us." He proposed a new annual tax cut of up to $3,000 per child.
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Early childhood development: What does it cost to provide it at scale?
The cost implications of taking successful or promising pilots to scale is a topic of high interest. The potential usefulness of such information for policy dialogue is enormous, but admittedly this is an area where relevant information remains scarce, especially in low and middle-income contexts.
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California creates system for rating early childhood centers
For the first time in California, thousands of early-learning centers in most of the state, from preschools to licensed child-care centers and homes, are in the process of implementing a common system to rate the quality of their programs. The system is a result of the only statewide grants California received from President Barack Obama's signature $4.3 billion Race to the Top program. The state was unsuccessful in getting significant Race to the Top funding for its K-12 schools, but won $75 million in two "Early Learning Challenge" awards to institute a range of reforms to improve the quality of its vast system of publicly and privately funded preschool and child-care programs.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Supporting early learners in ESEA (EdCentral)
Bilingualism changes kids' beliefs about the world (PsychCentral)
Are tablets OK for preschoolers? (The Tennessean)
5 ways to set limits (Earlychildhood News)
Hispanic preschool participation varies by state (Education Week)

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US House Committee solicits comments for Head Start Act rewrite
Education Week
The U.S. Senate education panel might be ready to rumble on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act, and the House is expected to follow suit. But it's clear that K-12 isn't the only thing on lawmakers' minds: The House education committee kicked off the new Congress with some background proposals for revising the Head Start Act. The white paper was put forth by the committee Wednesday, the day after President Barack Obama made a pitch for helping parents cover the cost of child care in his State of the Union address.
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Suspensions and expulsions in preschool
The Hill
The increasing number of children as young as 3 or 4 years old being expelled or suspended from preschool has alarmed parents, educators and now two Cabinet secretaries. Yet, the behaviors precipitating banishment from preschool do not spring up overnight. Many start to grow when vulnerable babies don't get the positive start in life that bestows them with the social skills needed to learn in school settings. Increases in expulsions are really a not-so-early warning indicator of a much larger issue: that of children and families under great stress and an early childhood system that is unprepared and lacks understanding of how these stresses affect development and behavior from birth.
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Don't let states leave children behind
The debate over reforming No Child Left Behind began again. And while it remains extremely unlikely that this Congress is ready to update the law, Sen. Lamar Alexander's, R-Tenn., draft bill has amplified the country's going conversation about the appropriate place of assessments in public education. The bill explores the possibility of eliminating annual math and reading assessments, which has ignited considerable opposition — especially from Democrats.
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