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PACE Leadership Summit Feb. 27-28 — Don't Miss Out!
Friday, Feb. 27
Saturday, Feb. 28
- Overview of the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS), Components & Implementation "From a Tier Five Private Provider's Perspective"
- "Managing the Maze — Blending/ Braiding, Funding and Partnerships"
- Lunch with Keynote Speaker on Health Care Reform 2015
- Private Provider's Experiences Implementing the QRIS Panel
- CCDBG Reauthorization Health & Safety Requirements
- PACE Wine & Cheese World Café (Topics)
- How do I market my center successfully using social media?
- How do I stay in compliance with licensing?
- How to cut costs while maintaining quality on your health benefit programs?
- Environmental Rating Scale:
- Professional Development & CLASS
- Desired Results
- Ages & Stages Questionnaire
- Safety Practices for your center
- Sick Leave & Exempt, Non-exempt Employees & Volunteers
- PACE General Meeting with Continental Breakfast
- Using Technology & Social Media to Increase Your Center's Exposure
- Human Resources Landmines
PACE & CAEYC
Join CAEYC & PACE for the Legislative Day. Please complete the registration form — the day is free — so we know how many people to plan for. The reception is a nominal $25 cost.
PACE is co-hosting the legislative reception with CAEYC and other early childhood organizations. I have attached the legislative reception invite.
Please click here to register for the Legislative Day and/or the Legislative Reception!
Get Covered PACE!
Michael Lujan — President at Limelight Health, PACE Health Insurance Partner
Covered California and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reminds us that you only have until Feb. 15 to enroll for health insurance coverage. Last year, more than 1.4 million Californians got covered in the state exchange and millions more through MediCal or other private coverage. Still, many people were shocked to learn that they had to wait for the next enrollment period to get covered. Don't let this happen to you. Depending on your household income, you could even qualify for huge subsidies to help for your insurance premiums and get affordable care. If you are not covered at work or have someone who needs health coverage, it's easier and more affordable than you think:
PACE recommends members in need of affordable health insurance coverage take the time to review options for their 2015 coverage, noting that if someone signs up between now and Feb. 15, their coverage will be effective on March 1. Enrollment is open until Feb. 15.
Also, Covered California reminds folks that if they signed up for coverage previously through the Marketplace in an open enrollment, please return to www.coveredca.com to update their application and review available coverage options now, or prior to, the end of Open Enrollment. This is your opportunity to review your current coverage selection or to change your coverage to a different plan which might better benefit your budget and healthcare needs.
- For example, a family of three in Oakland earning $39,000 can cover the whole family for as low as $2 per month!
- A family of four in Los Angeles earning $45,000 per year can cover the family for as low as $126 per month! Get the picture?
PACE members can get immediate help with enrollment and get covered before Feb. 15.
PACE and HHS encourages our members to "Join the millions of people who have found quality coverage through the marketplace and help spread the word — there's a role each of us can play to make sure as many Americans as possible have the peace of mind that comes from quality, affordable health insurance." There are also many options outside of Covered California to consider and the PACE Health Insurance Program can help.
Arrow Benefits Group
Tel: (888) 636-7655
Barry S. Cohn
Leslee Brennan (contact for individual and Covered Ca)
Really Great Employee Benefits
Tel: 818.444.7722 ext 207
PACE partners with KidAdmit!
PACE has recently partnered with KidAdmit to offer schools a great resource for reaching parents, managing applications online, and better communicating with interested families. Sign up for your free KidAdmit.com account to:
It's quick, easy, and free to add your school to KidAdmit — email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them directly at 415-890-5430. Their platform covers all of California and all schools are welcome!
- Reach parents who are interested in your program, your philosophy, and your school
- Manage your applications and communications through the KidAdmit platform — it's customizable to fit right into your current process and keep you in control!
- Share the unique aspects of your program with thousands of parents who are searching for care in their area
Save the date — PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
- PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
A survey to map early literacy initiatives assisted by new technologies
A growing number of children across the country are exposed to media and interactive technology on a daily basis, and more and more parents are accustomed to communicating via mobile phones and other tools. Many early learning initiatives are beginning to determine how they might harness these tools to engage with parents, work with teachers, or otherwise augment efforts to help children develop early literacy skills.
Early childhood development: 3 things experts agree on about outcomes, quality and costs
The science of child development tells us that, for early childhood interventions, what matters is "process quality." Process quality is not concerned with the quality of the facilities where children are given care, or the types of university degrees that their caregivers have. Rather, process quality focuses on how interactions occur in the caregiving setting, and on how curriculum is implemented. Multiple studies show that for children, a rich learning environment is one where they experience interactions that are responsive, warm, sensitive to their perspectives and plentiful in language. The quality of interactions in the caregiving setting plays a crucial role in allowing young children to explore, learn and ultimately to reach their potential.
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Learning with all the senses: Movement, images facilitate vocabulary learning
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft via Science Daily
"Atesi" — what sounds like a word from the Elven language of Lord of the Rings is actually a Vimmish word meaning "thought." Scientists have used Vimmish, an artificial language specifically developed for scientific research, to study how people can best memorize foreign-language terms. According to the researchers, it is easier to learn vocabulary if the brain can link a given word with different sensory perceptions.
Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs
The Washington Post
High-quality early childhood programs can reduce the number of children diagnosed with certain learning disabilities by third grade, according to a study published in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal. The study, conducted by Clara G. Muschkin, Helen F. Ladd and Kenneth A. Dodge of Duke University, could have significant implications for reducing the financial burden special education services place on municipal budgets.
Preschool anxiety changes the brain
Yale Daily News
Anxiety disorders observed in preschoolers — including social phobia, separation anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder — can lead to physiological changes in brain development, a new study from the Yale Child Study Center shows. The researchers imaged the brains of children with and without preschool anxiety disorders. They found that in those who had an anxiety disorder, the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala, two regions whose "cross-talk" is important in modulating anxiety, effectively talked less to each other in a phenomenon known as weaker functional connectivity. They also found that different anxiety disorders led to different connectivity patterns.
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Tips for making the most of small classrooms
If you're one of those teachers who has a small classroom, you can sympathize with "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe," the Mother Goose rhyme that has delighted children for generations. Perhaps a small classroom isn't your ideal teaching space. However, "a place for everything and everything in its place" will bring out the creativity in any teacher. Think of your small space as a challenge. While you may have to look for storage in unclaimed space or transport extra materials to your car prior to Parent Open House, here are some inexpensive ideas to help you organize clutter, make your classroom a happy place for young children and a more manageable environment for you!
Virtual preschool becomes an option, experts hesitate to endorse
Now an option for parents of young children: a "virtual" preschool with digital learning materials, activity guides, learning analytics, and "homeroom teachers," all accessible online through your computer, tablet or smartphone. Really. This is not satire (as was the case when The Onion lampooned the notion in an eerily prescient story a few months ago.)
How not to fix No Child Left Behind
Mattilyn Gonzalez is a thriving student, who has earned straight A's and a spot in an accelerated learning program at her middle school. Her parents, Orlando and Celine Gonzalez, trace that success back to a strong preschool program — so they were determined that their second daughter, Arianna, would get the same opportunities. But when Celine lost her job as a retail bank manager, the Gonzalez family could no longer afford the $720 per month for Arianna to attend preschool. Fortunately, Arianna was able to attend, thanks to Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit supported by a federal early learning challenge grant to expand high-quality preschool opportunities.
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