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PACE Regional Training in Anaheim — March 16
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Save the date — PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
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- PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
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Proposed California Legislation
Integrated licenses for early childhood center
SB 762 would replace the current, dual system of infant/toddler and preschool center licenses with a single, integrated birth to kindergarten center license. Proposal would ease transition from infant/toddler care to preschool, to encourage continuity of care and peer relationships. Proposal would maintain existing safety and quality standards: teacher training, adult/child ratios, etc. Sponsored by the California Head Start Association. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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.
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Expelled in preschool
The Hechinger Report
In 2005, Yale professor Walter Gilliam shocked the nation with the first research showing that preschoolers are expelled at three times the rate of children in K-12. He showed that young African-American boys are most vulnerable to what he calls "the capital punishment of schools." Gillam realized that, for the problem to get better, teachers need help managing challenging behavior. As an early childhood mental health consultant, Lauren Wiley travels around the state of Illinois to various settings serving young children. At this after-school program run by Chicago Youth Centers, she works with students older than her usual clientele of birth to 5. Gilliam has zeroed in on the consultation intervention as a particularly promising and cost-effective approach: In a Connecticut study, he found that it reduces preschool expulsions by half. Consultation now is being tried in home visiting programs, domestic violence shelters, pediatrician's offices — anywhere that serves young children.
As House prepares to vote on NCLB, advocates push for preschool funding
U.S. News & World Report
As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on Republican legislation to update the No Child Left Behind Act, a coalition of education professionals and advocacy groups is urging lawmakers to consider adding dedicated funding for preschool in the bill. The groups — including both national teachers unions, a national principals association and groups that advocate for education equity — are releasing a proposal to add funding for early childhood education as a new title to the overarching education law formally known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Bill would increase funding for child care vouchers
State Democratic leaders are sponsoring a bill that would increase funding for child care programs, which lost about $1 billion during the recession. Although the 2014-2015 budget restored more than 14,000 full- and part-time slots for the state preschool program, which serves 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income families, there has been a loss in funding for state child-care vouchers for low-income parents. These vouchers can be used at centers or homes that meet health and safety standards but don't necessarily have the education component required of state preschools.
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Early child development for 2030
A little over a year ago, Brookings and the China Development Research Foundation cohosted a discussion on how to best prepare future generations through early childhood development. Madame Liu Yandong, vice premier of the People's Republic of China, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, presented dual keynote addresses emphasizing the importance of early childhood development programs and their potential for having long-term global impact.
US Education Secretary says ESEA should expand focus to early learning
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act should expand beyond its current focus on K-12 schooling and encompass earlier learning, said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a Wednesday visit to an elementary school here that also includes nine preschool classrooms. The details for how to achieve that goal, he said, are up to the leaders of the U.S. Senate education committee, who are currently working on a bill to reauthorize the ESEA.
How safe is your child care?
Every year thousands of children are injured in child care settings. Sometimes the injury is slight and with a bit of first aid and a kiss the child is up and running again. Too often, however, the child requires treatment at a hospital. And at other times, the injury is fatal.
Brain activity shows infants are hardwired to link images, sounds as they learn to speak
University of Warwick via Science Daily
We are biologically predisposed to link images and sounds to create language, new research examining electrical brain activity in infants suggests. These findings reveal that sound symbolism allows 11-month-old infants to spontaneously bind the speech sound and the visual referent, and this spontaneous binding may provide infants an insight that spoken words refers to objects you can see in the world, an author explains.
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