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Cheers to PACE's 60th anniversary!
Our first toast was at the Leadership Summit on Feb. 27 in the Franciscan Ballroom at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, in lovely San Francisco!
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PACE Regional Training in Anaheim — March 16
Licensing Tune-Up Kit Binders are sold as part of the training materials.
To register now click here.
Save the date — PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
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.
LWC requests investment of $600 million to be dedicated to child care system
The Legislative Women's Caucus is requesting an investment of $600 million to the child care system! Such exciting news! Let's continue to advocate on behalf of California's children. Please check out LWC's letter to the Gov. Brown.
7th Annual Early Learning Water Cooler Conference Stronger Together: Embracing the Whole Child
For more information on this two-day conference, click here.
To register, click here.
Proposed California legislation: Integrated licenses for early childhood centers
California Head Start Association
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.
Linking Head Start data with State Early Care and Education Coordinated Data Systems
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Head Start programs are a critical component of early
care and education in our country. They serve more
than one million young children and employ more
than 230,000 staff members. When linked to other
early care and education data systems, data collected
by Head Start programs on their children, program
services, and workforce can inform key decisions by
state policymakers and guide efforts to improve early
childhood program responsiveness and effectiveness.
However, although Head Start data are a vital
component for any comprehensive early childhood
data system, only a handful of states are presently
linking Head Start data with data from other early care
and education programs.
2015 First 5 California Stakeholder Survey
First 5 California
As you may know, one year ago, First 5 California’s new Strategic Plan was approved by its Commission. Now, as part of its implementation, we are conducting an annual survey to check in with you, our stakeholders, to see how we are doing.
I am inviting you to kindly complete this short survey by Friday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m.
The survey is confidential and will help us gauge how we have been doing as we strive to realize our mission and goals.
We are looking to gather input from as many First 5 California stakeholders and partners as possible, including parents, policymakers, providers of services to children ages 0 to 5 and their families, philanthropies, 0 to 5 program administrators, and more. Please take a moment to share the survey link with your networks.
The survey is available at http://glenpricegroup.com/surveys/index.php/359174/lang-en. To ensure confidentiality, the Glen Price Group is hosting the survey and all survey responses. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Maggie Steakley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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10 ways to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten
One of the biggest transitions for young children is the one from preschool to kindergarten. You can help make this transition easier for children and families by helping children learn what will be expected of them when they enter kindergarten and by incorporating the following suggestions into your daily curriculum.
Preschools on the front lines of the measles battle
Los Angeles Times
For 19 years, the director of the Laguna Parent Participation Preschool has worked alongside mothers and fathers to decide such questions as what children should eat during snack breaks and what type of field trips they should take. But when the current measles outbreak prompted the school to review its vaccination policy, the south Orange County co-operative found itself confronting questions normally left to politicians and public health officials. "We're a microcosm of what everyone is coming up against," said Barbara Crowley, the school's director. "Do parents have a right to decide to vaccinate their children or not?"
The importance of early education for all
Latoya Smith, a contributor forHomeRoom, writes: "It's time for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. There's no doubt change is necessary to ensure our children's civil rights to a high quality education. While the media has focused on the annual assessments mandated by NCLB as being key, I want to highlight another critical improvement needed: high-quality preschool. We are a family that can speak to the benefits of high-quality preschool for every child. We have lived in the north, south, east, and west. Our whole lives have been about education and overcoming struggle and 'the odds.'"
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Preschool improves outcomes for children in immigrant families
Among children from immigrant families, preschool improved English proficiency, reading and math skills according to a new report published by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The study also found that formal preschool boosted children's social and emotional skills. The report, principally authored by Assistant Professor of Education Michael A. Gottfried, was made possible through the Kevin and Kim Bacon Award.
Middle-class families get little help in paying for early care
While Gov. Jerry Brown battles the University of California regents to keep a lid on undergraduate tuition, the rising cost of childcare and preschool are often a bigger concern for middle-class families in the state – and one that is noticeably absent from the state’s public policy agenda. For many middle-class families in California, the price tags for pre-kindergarten programs are major budget breakers, with parents paying as much as $24,000 a year per child. By comparison, a year of UC tuition and fees costs about $13,000 per student.
Behold the humble block! Tools of the trade
For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, Presidential Fitness Test and Bunsen burner. Today we explore the simple, powerful tool that is still alive and well in some early learning classrooms: the wooden block. You might call it the anti-app. Measurement. Balance. Math. Negotiation. Collaboration. And fun. The smooth maple pieces need no recharging, no downloading.
Early childhood education advocates fault Baker budget plan
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is coming under fire from education advocates who say he missed an opportunity in his first state budget proposal to signal his commitment to early education. During last year's campaign for governor, Baker decided not to back Democrat Martha Coakley's pledge to eliminate a waiting list of 17,000 children seeking subsidized pre-kindergarten education, arguing state education priorities shouldn't focus just on early education. Baker has pushed back against his critics, arguing his proposal to consolidate nearly a dozen grant programs into one program will create support for underperforming schools.
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