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PACE turns 60
This year PACE turns 60 years old and we are still going strong to ensure all children in California have high quality in early learning!
Join us as we celebrate throughout the year!
First toast will be at the Leadership Summit.
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Don't miss out on this 2 day event!
We still have space for you to join us at the Leadership Conference. Can't attend both days? We have a one day rate on the flyer.
|Friday, Feb. 27
|10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
||Overview of the Quality Rating Improvement System, Components & Implementation "From a Tier Five Private Provider's Perspective"
|11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
||"Managing the Maze- Blending/ Braiding, Funding and Partnerships"
|12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
||Lunch with Keynote Speaker on Health Care Reform 2015
|1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
||Private Provider's Experiences Implementing the QRIS Panel
|3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
||CCDBG Reauthorization Health & Safety Requirements
|3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
||PACE Wine & Cheese World Café (Topics)
- How do I market my center successfully using social media?
- What I need to know about the QRIS?
- How to cut costs while maintaining quality on your health benefit programs?
- Environmental Rating Scale (EKERS, ITERS)
- Professional Development & CLASS
- Labor Management
- Ages & Stages Questionnaire
- Safety Practices for your center
- Sick Leave & Exempt, Non-exempt Employees & Volunteers
|Saturday, Feb. 28
|8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
||PACE General Meeting with Continental Breakfast
|9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
||Using Technology & Social Media to Increase Your Center's Exposure
|10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
||Human Resources Landmines
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.
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Save the date — March 16
Southern California Regional Training With Community Care & Licensing in Anaheim!
Note: Licensing Tune-Up Kit will be sold as part of the training materials at a discounted rate. Look out for the flyer soon!
Couldn't make it to the Regional Trainings in Northern California?
PACE has the 2015 Licensing Tune-Up Kits for sale.
PACE Members — $50.00
PACE Non-members — $65.00
Note: An additional charge of $10.00 will applied for shipping and handling. Click here for the form.
Save the date — PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Do you have a presentation that you would like to share with at the PACE Conference this year? Conduct a workshop at PACE 46th Annual Education Conference and get 50% off your registration fee? Click here for the application form.
- PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
PACE & CAEYC
Join PACE for the Free CAEYC Legislative Day!
To register, please complete the registration form below. The day is free and there will be an evening reception for a nominal fee of $25.00 per person.
Click here to see the legislative reception invite.
Please click here to register for the Legislative Day and/or the Legislative Reception!
President's Budget Update
On Feb. 2, President Barack Obama released his FY2016budget proposal to Congress, which includes several significant asks for early care and learning, summarized below. The budget document also reflects on the negative impacts of the sequestration policy enacted in 2013, and sounds a cautionary note about cutting particular program areas in 2016, including Early Head Start/Head Start, stating: "Tens of thousands of low-income children lost access to Head Start. Over 57,000 children lost access to Head Start and Early Head Start in school years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, forgoing critical early learning experiences and health and nutrition services intended to help improve their cognitive, physical, and emotional development."
Licensing LPA test is now online and open
The test consists of training and experience evaluation — Weighted 100 percent.
The examination will consist solely of a Training and Experience Evaluation. To obtain a position on the eligible list, a minimum score of 70 percent must be received. An applicant will receive his/her score upon completion of the Training and Experience Evaluation process.
Licensing Program Analyst
A699 – 8223 – 4PB34
Department(s): Department of Social Services
Opening Date: Feb. 6
Final Filing Date: Continuous
Type of Examination: Departmental Open
Salary: Monthly Ranged Salary: $2779.00 - $5187.00
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.
Click here to see the flyer.
States increase pre-K funding
District Administration Magazine
For the third year in a row, both Republican and Democratic policymakers are making significant investments in state-funded preschool programs, according to a January analysis of 2014-2015 appropriations from the Education Commission of the States. Nationwide, state funding for preschool increased by $672 million this year, to a total of $6.3 billion. This represents a 12 percent increase in state investment over fiscal year 2013-2014.
Preschoolers may not need naps, review reports
HealthDay News via WebMD News
A daytime nap may not be the best idea for preschoolers, concluded a recent review of dozens of previous studies on napping. Children over 2 years old who napped during the day tended to go to bed later and get less sleep than those who gave up a mid-day snooze, the researchers found. "Given that sleep is such an important issue for the well-being of children and their parents, we were surprised to find so few studies on the costs and benefits of naps in early childhood," according to the study's lead authors Karen Thorpe and Sally Staton. Both are researchers at the Queensland University of Technology School of Psychology and Counseling in Australia.
Q&A: Blocks, play, screen time and the infant mind
Eric Westervelt, a contributor for NPR, writes: "Our 'Tools of the Trade' series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I'm reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools: simple wooden blocks. Dr. Dimitri Christakis has done done extensive research on blocks and play and lectured on media and children. He is the Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute. He's also a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine."
Delaying children's school entry linked to poor academic performance
University of Warwick via Science Daily
Delaying school entry for children could cause poorer academic performance, according to new research. Many parents are keen to hold their children back a year if they were born prematurely or in the summer months. They argue their child will not be mature enough to start school and previous research has suggested children who are born more than three weeks before their due date would benefit from starting school a year later than those who were born at full-term.
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Learning through play
Shelley Butler, a contributor for Earlychildhood News, writes: "One sunny summer day, I looked out the window to see my son and a friend spinning and laughing, playing at something known only to the two of them, unfettered by time, expectations, or adult rules. Never before had I seen such pure expressions of joy. Were they playing to learn or consciously seeking new information or skills? No, but if you look closely, they were exploring spatial relationships, honing motor capabilities, practicing social skills and language, creatively thinking, gathering information about the world through their senses, or to put it simply, learning through play."
Head Start programs in California rebound as funding increases
Two years ago, federally funded early learning providers in California were forced to reduce the available slots for 6,000 incoming students after a gridlocked Congress could not agree on how to reduce the deficit, triggering a round of automatic spending cuts to Head Start and other federal programs across the nation. As a result of the "sequestration" battle, the 5 percent cut to Head Start programs hit the poorest California families particularly hard.
Strengthening early learning in a new ESEA
Laura Bornfreund, a contributor for EdCentral, writes: "Last week, I discussed some ideas that could mean significant changes to ESEA. In this post, I put forth some ideas, major and minor, to further incorporate early childhood education into a new bill. We, and others, have talked about many of these ideas before. In 2010, New America sent consensus recommendations with 14 other organizations for the ESEA reauthorization underway at that time. And, you can also find some of them on the special ESEA page on our website that tracks developments in ESEA reauthorization."
Boosting early literacy skills focus of new rural schools collaborative
A new program is targeting 21 rural schools across the country to boost literacy instruction and improve early-literacy skills, especially among rural children from low-income households. The project, Literacy Innovation in Rural Education through Collaboration, was highlighted in the most recent edition of Rural Policy Matters and is a partnership between the Rural Trust, the National Council of Teachers of English, the nonprofit First Book, and the Institute for Educational Leadership.
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