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A request to participate in a doctoral research study with Cindy Acker
This research examines the differing perceptions which exist between leaders in traditional education and Montessori education. Using a multifaceted communication tool, this study will examine the potential of education and communication as a vehicle to change perceptions and find commonalities between differing entities.
Save the date — PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
- PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
PACE & CAEYC
Join PACE for the FREE CAEYC Legislative Day!
Please complete the registration form — the day is free — so we know how many people to plan for. There will be an evening reception for a nominal $25 cost.
Click here to see the legislative reception invite.
Please click here to register for the Legislative Day and/or the Legislative Reception!
San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties
PACE is partnering with a Stanford University Early Math Education Project to help connect Stanford graduate students with Preschool owners, directors, teachers and parents. Stanford Early Math Education Project Seeks Collaborators!
Research has shown that kindergarten math proficiency is the biggest predictor of later academic success. Yet many children, especially those in low socioeconomic status families, lack basic numeracy. Two Stanford students have teamed up to explore designing a nonprofit to meet this challenge. At this early stage, we're reaching out to early childhood education providers to ask for help in three ways:
If you'd like to help out, or just want to know more, please email Charlie Mintz at email@example.com. Thanks!
- Let us talk to you. Contribute by sharing your advice on how a nonprofit could help preschoolers and their families improve early childhood numeracy.
- Connect us. Do you know other organizations or people tackling this problem? We'd love to learn who they are, and, if possible, speak with them.
- Be our partner. We're enthusiastic about finding education professionals to guide our thinking about potential approaches, and to help us engage families once we've finalized our project.
Licensing complaint hotline has gone live
The tagline to publicize the DSS Licensing hotline is, "If you see something, say something." To report a complaint or concern regarding any licensed care facility, a parent can contact the Hotline at: 1-844-Let-US-NO (1-844-538-8766) or email LetUsNO@dss.ca.gov.
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Hello Champions of Health and Safety for Children in Early Care and Education Programs!
Please spread the word about a free, Online Professional Development opportunity that promotes safe learning environments for children. This class is designed for Pest Management Professionals who serve child care programs, however, ECE professionals and maintenance staff can also take the course.
From the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health
We are excited to present a new resource to promote safe learning environments for children in California, an online course for Pest Management Professionals. Here is a link: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/training/school-and-child-care-ipm.html
New changes s to the Healthy Schools Act in 2015 strongly encourage child care providers to use least toxic methods (called "integrated pest management", or IPM) to control pests and puts new training requirements on pest control companies serving childcare. To help Pest Management Professionals incorporate IPM and comply with the Healthy Schools Act, we developed a free online CEU course: Providing Integrated Pest Management Services in California Schools and Child Care. This course addresses:
There will be a directory of Pest Management Professionals who have completed the course on their website (www.cerch.org/ipmtrainedpmps) to help child care providers connect with professionals who have IPM training.
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Healthy Schools Act
- Common pests
- The risks of pesticide exposure
- Steps to implement IPM
- Business aspects IPM
Pre-kindergarten: Funding across states
Over the past three years pre-K enrollment and investments are on the rise, according to a recently released report from the Education Commission of the States. Findings included a 12 percent increase, a total of $6.3 billion, in state investments towards pre-K programs following the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The report analyzes state appropriations for pre-K programs serving 4-year-olds during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
What in the World? Obama's preschool proposal
Fareed digs into the data to explain why preschool education is such an important part of Obama's budget: it's crucial in a child's mental development.
An investment in our future
Center for American Progress
The federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting, or MIECHV, program has supported high-risk families in communities across the country through intensive home visiting services since 2010. MIECHV provides federal funds to support programs that connect families with trained professionals — often nurses, social workers or parent educators — who help parents acquire the skills they need to promote their children's development.
Early childhood development: 4 lessons from health for costing ECD programs
There is a paucity of information available on costs of early childhood development programs, as noted in earlier blogs in this series. Recent efforts to estimate costs of ECD programs in the context of impact evaluations are encouraging, but is there something to learn from related fields where costing has been undertaken more systematically, as in health?
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How educating children early and well creates a ripple effect for us all
The Washington Post
In 2013's and 2014's State of the Union speeches, President Barack Obama proposed universal pre-kindergarten as a means of helping poor children catch up with their richer peers. In this year's speech, he eschewed all mention of universal pre-K. Instead he spoke of "universal child care," as a means of helping working parents.
Strengthening early learning in a new ESEA
Change is on the horizon for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a process which acquired some new urgency when the Republicans took control of the Senate in January. And "change" is really the only way to move things forward. Senator Alexander's, R-Tenn., partisan approach — where he introduced a discussion draft without conferring with Democrats on the Senate’s education committee — first was going nowhere fast. Last Friday, Alexander and the committee's ranking Democrat, Senator Patty Murray, announced that their staffs will work together for the next several weeks in an effort to write a bipartisan bill.
Play as curriculum
Play! There are two radically different views on the value of play. Early childhood educators, child development specialists, and some parents believe play is the best way for young children to learn the concepts, skills and tasks needed to set a solid foundation for later school and life success. School administrators, many parents, and most politicians believe play is a waste of time, off task behavior, needless coddling of young children, messy and noisy, unstructured and uneducationall — an unaffordable luxury in an ever-more competitive world.
Babies can identify complex social situations and react accordingly
University of Missouri-Columbia via Science Daily
In the social world, people constantly gather information through visual cues that are used to evaluate others and interact. A new study determined that babies can make sense of complex social situations, and that they expect people to behave appropriately.
Serving kids fruits and vegetables is not a waste of time
Serving a child fruits and vegetables isn’t a waste of time, even if the child doesn’t like or won’t eat them, according to a new study from the University of Arizona. The study found that exposure to a food in childhood is related to liking that food in adulthood, regardless of whether the child liked the food at the time. Being exposed to a food increased liking both healthy and unhealthy foods, so there's some evidence that decreasing a child’s exposure to unhealthy foods will make those foods less desirable in the long run.
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