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PACE invites you to submit a presenter application for the PACE Annual Education Conference on Oct. 20-22 at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel.
PACE 2017 Annual Education Conference at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel
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This week, California Assembly and Senate floor sessions will convene on Monday and Thursday.
Both the Assembly and the Senate have begun scheduling budget related hearings. Click here to see dates and topics relevant to our field. Moving forward this link will be updated as budget hearings are scheduled. When available, the agenda too will be hosted.
Click here to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field. To track and/or review legislation or to create your own tracking list, click here.
Bills identified as of high interest to our field include:
To access the Senate Daily Files, click here.
- AB 60 (Santiago & Gonzalez) — This bill will establish a not less than 12 month re/eligibility determination process for child care and establishes "ongoing income eligible" to mean that a family's adjusted monthly income is at or below 85 percent of the most recent state median income.
- AB 227 (Mayes) — This bill would create the Educational Opportunity and Attainment Program that would provide education incentive grants to CalWORKs recipients to encourage and support low-income parents who reach certain educational goals and create additional work-study slots and support services for CalWORKs recipients pursuing their education.
- AB 231 (Chavez) — This bill will define State Median Income and create a phase out process.
- AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry) — Child care services: eligibility.
- AB 1106 (Weber) — This bill will allow allocated monies to support working families with child care, to be distributed over a longer period of time. Additionally, the proposal will allow active military personnel to not have their basic housing allowance considered as part of their income when they apply for a child care subsidy. Find the fact sheet here.
- AB 1164 (Thurmond) — Foster care placement: funding.
To access the Assembly Daily Files, click here.
To watch live coverage of the Assembly and Senate click here.
The legislature has begun work on framing the legislative and budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2017-2018 session. Click here to see the upcoming calendar. Please feel free to forward to us any trainings, conferences or meetings that you think would be beneficial to our field.
CLASP Testimony: Give Priority to Federal Investment in Low-Income People.
This week, Executive Director Olivia Golden provided testimony on the FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations. She outlines CLASP's concerns about rumored deep budget cuts for programs like Head Start, job training, and Pell grants that help low-income workers, children, and families. The testimony provides solutions that promote economic security for low-income workers and their families and create pathways to opportunity for children, youth, and adults. Read the testimony here.
New Resources From the State Capacity Building Center
We are pleased to share several new resources from the Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC). SCBC works with State and Territory leaders and their partners to create innovative early childhood systems and programs that improve results for children and families. Its priorities are enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program, improving the quality and supply of infant-toddler services, and advancing the development of early childhood systems.
We welcome you to use these resources and to share with others who might benefit from them:
Win a trip to the LEGO® headquarters in Billund, Denmark. Tell us about your innovative use of the LEGO® brick in the classroom to engage and excite your students with playful learning. Entrants will be eligible to learn from, inspire, and connect with other teachers using inventive, hands-on strategies. Deadline to enter is March 17.
The Whole Leadership Framework, which has been in development for more than a year, has been published in the January/February edition of Exchange Magazine. Here's an excerpt: "As the nation addresses the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council's report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation,1 leadership is emerging as an important component for increasing workforce capacity in early childhood education. Because program leaders are included with other individuals considered to be 'lead educators,' a clear understanding of their foundational knowledge and competencies is necessary for successful implementation. Yet, early childhood leadership is a multi-faceted and nuanced concept that is often clouded by inconsistent standards and policies across an array of program settings."
Click here to read the full report.
Partnering with child care programs or schools to encourage influenza vaccination of all children, staff, and caregivers is beneficial. Encourage child care providers to take the free online PediaLink course "Influenza Prevention and Control — Strategies for Early Education and Childcare 2016-2017." This course was recently updated and is approved for 1.0 contact hour.
Click here to read the article.
Is your center looking for good, local employees? Develop your workforce with PACE! Members may post jobs at no charge. We invite you to see how easy it is to post jobs online today! Post a job, now! View resumes of job seekers! Important note: Members need their ID number and password to submit jobs to the Job Bank or to view resumes. If you have forgotten, click here to request your login and password.
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As a membership benefit you now also receive a 20 percent discount on Exchange's new Turn-Key Online Learning! Watch comprehensive video-based training and earn CEUs from your home computer.
ThinkHR is a service offered through Arrow Benefits Group, which provides PACE members HR support for employer issues such as compliance, policy structure, employee performance, and proper discipline or termination procedures. ThinkHR is a complimentary service to PACE members and is administered through Arrow HR, which provides a full suite of Benefits and HR compliance services.
Kaplan Early Learning Company — 15% discount on all order & free shipping on order over $250 — Call PACE for the member code!
Lakeshore Learning Materials- Free Shipping over $250 on all shipments UPS or Truck and a 10% Merchandise Certificate that can be redeemed on a future order. Call PACE for the member code!
Discount School Supply 15% of all products and free shipping of $79 — Call PACE for the member code!
Click here to view a complete list.
Department of Finance
California Child Care Programs Local Assistance — All Funds 2016-2017 Budget Act
Department of Education Child Development Programs 2016-2017 Budget Act
Arrow Benefits Group
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, individuals are required to have health insurance, while applicable large employers are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees. In order for the Internal Revenue Service to verify that (1) individuals have the required minimum essential coverage, (2) individuals who request premium tax credits are entitled to them, and (3) ALEs are meeting their shared responsibility (play or pay) obligations, employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees and insurers will be required to report on the health coverage they offer. Final instructions for the 1094-B and 1095-B and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms were released in September 2016, as were the final forms for 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. The reporting requirements are in Sections 6055 and 6056 of the ACA.
Reporting was first due in 2016, based on coverage in 2015. Reporting in 2017 will be based on coverage in 2016. All reporting will be for the calendar year, even for non-calendar year plans.
On Nov. 18, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-70, delaying the reporting deadlines in 2017 for the 1095-B and 1095-C forms to individuals. There is no delay for the 1094-C and 1094-B forms, or for forms due to the IRS.
Click here to view California's local minimum wage.
California Department of Education
California Education Code (EC) Section 8265(d) allows a rate increase for contractors on a case-by-case basis in order to maintain service levels for contracts currently at a rate less than the Standard Reimbursement Rate. Increases approved through this application will be retroactive to July 1, 2016. Contractors may apply for a rate increase if the contract rate for a center-based child development contract has a daily rate less than $40.20 for General Childcare and Development Program or $40.45 for California State Preschool Program, and secondly meets one or more of the following:
In all cases, contractors must clearly demonstrate that the current year's projected costs have increased and thereby threaten continuation of the existing program. Copies of prior and current year documentation for all areas of increased costs must be attached.
- Loss of program resources from other sources;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate how the loss of supplemental funds or in-kind contributions will affect the program. Copies of correspondence from the funding source(s) documenting the reduced funding must be submitted. The loss of in-kind contributions must be quantified with a dollar amount.
- Need of a contractor to pay the same child care rates as those prevailing in the local community;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate how their current contracted rate has had an adverse effect on the quality of care offered by the contractor. The lesser of the contractor's documented requested contracted rate, the SRR, or the Reimbursement Ceilings for Subsidized Child Care fund found on the Reimbursement Ceilings for Subsidized Child Care Web page at http://www3.cde.ca.gov/rcscc/ will be used to determine the maximum rate allowed.
- Increased cost directly attributable to new or amended regulations;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate that they will experience a cost increase as a direct result of one or more provisions of a new or amended regulation. To be considered under this criterion, contractors must identify and describe how each new or amended regulation will increase cost.
- Increased costs necessary to maintain the prior year's level of service and ensure the continuation of the program;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate that they will experience a cost increase that threatens the ability to maintain the prior year's service level. To be considered under this criterion, the contractor must provide documentation of each cost increase.
Documentation must reflect a complete audit trail for increased costs. For example, applications based on labor cost increases must be documented by board-adopted salary schedules for Fiscal Years 2015–2016 and 2016–2017, listing of the appropriate staff on the salary range or step, and the number of staff affected. Board minutes can indicate that the FY 2016–2017 salary increase is contingent on the approval of the rate increase application. Any worksheets or calculations that help clarify and/or justify the amount requested should also be included.
Eligible contractors who wish to apply for a rate increase must complete the attached application (CDNFS 3104) and return it with an original signature to the Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services unit by Jan.31. No faxed applications will be accepted, because an original signature is required. Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline to be considered. Extensions will not be granted.
Applications will be evaluated based upon the information and documentation submitted, as well as an analysis of the contractor's historical earnings, and expenditure data gathered through the annual CDNFS contract review process. If available information does not clearly support the amount being requested, that portion of the request for a rate increase will be denied. Rate increases are subject to availability of funding. Under earnings may be used to fund the rate increase; however, the contract service level may not decrease below the current level of services being projected in FY 2016–2017.
State of California
Now available here.
Due date: March 311095-B and 1095-C: Form 1095-B: is used to report certain information to the IRS and to taxpayers about individuals who are covered by minimum essential coverage and therefore are not liable for the individual shared responsibility payment. Form 1095-C contains important information about the healthcare coverage offered or provided to you by your employer. If filling electronically, forms are due no later than this date.
Due date: April 1 — Business personal Property and Vessel Property Statements due to the SF office of the Assessor-Recorder (SF only)
Due date: April 30 — Annual reporting form to the OLSE
Due date: April 30 — San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance Annual Compliance Form: Businesses with locations in SF or 20+ employees nationwide have to offer commuter benefits to employees.
Due date: April 30 — San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance Annual Reporting Forms: An employer is covered if it is a for profit business with 20+ employees. Or if it is a non-profit business with 50+ employees. The employer has to work in SF in both conditions.
Due date: May 7 — Last day to file Business Property Statement (Form 571-L): without Penalty: details the acquisition cost of all supplies, equipment, fixtures, and improvements owned at each location within the City and County of SF.
Due date: May 31 — Annual Business Registration Renewal fees due to the SF office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
Due date: July 1 — Updated waste water capacity charge rates: announced by the SF Public Utilities Commission
Due date: July 1 — First day of SF Business Registration fiscal year period
Due date: July 1 — OSHA: Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A. Businesses with 20-249 employees AND in a high-risk industry must electronically submit 2016 information from Form 300A-Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Due date: July 1 — Form 550: due for calendar year defined contribution and benefit plans
Due date: July 1 — Form 5500: due for non-calendar year plans
Due date: Aug. 31 — SF Last Day to pay business personal property taxes before penalties are added
Due date: Sept. 30 — EE01: Employer will be required to report compensation data as well as the hours. Additionally, now private employers with 100 or more employees will be required to report employees’ W-2 compensation information and hours worked.
Due date: Sept. 30 — VETS-100: Covered categories include: special disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans.
Due date: Sept. 30 — VETS-100A: Covered categories include: disabled veterans, other protected veterans, recently separated veterans, and Armed Forces Service Medal veterans.
District Administration Magazine
Pre-K programs for students with special needs vary widely in quality and scope. Some states and districts have long included students with special needs in pre-K classes alongside their more typically developing peers. But other schools systems have been slower to adopt an inclusive approach that has been shown to have immense benefits and that is also endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education.
Opening the first meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, said that the reason he ran for office was to address child care needs. Rendon, who convened the commission, worked in early education for two decades before coming to Sacramento, including running a Head Start program.
In elementary school and beyond, the stakes for students are higher than ever before. Third-graders are practicing algebra. Standardized testing is more and more important. Even kindergartners often forgo play-time to work on reading and writing. As a result, preschool programs are increasingly focused on getting kids ready for elementary school.
Preschool Matters ... Today
Shannon Riley-Ayers, a contributor for Preschool Matters ... Today, writes: "Seen any good movies lately? I recently joined a group of pre-service and graduate students in education at Centenary University to watch School's Out. The film takes the viewer into the 'Forest Kindergarten,' an outdoor school for four- to seven-year-olds in northern Switzerland. Students are outdoors every day, regardless of the weather, and explore and play for most of the day, climbing trees (way too high some may say), playing in creeks (with lots of mud), climbing mountains and even whittling with a pocket knife."
The Huffington Post
March 8 was International Women's Day, an opportunity to reflect on women's achievements around the world and call for continued progress toward gender equity. To mark the day, some activists are calling on women to participate in a general strike – dubbed "A Day Without a Woman" by the organizers of the Women's March on Washington. Many have rightfully pointed out that, for some women, participating in a strike is out of reach — particularly among the most marginalized women, including those who work for hourly wages, don't have paid time off, are living paycheck-to-paycheck, or aren't protected by union representation. Organizers have recognized this, and are offering different ways for women to get involved in the day.
Over the last decade, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has brought us into a new era of working with young children. They have encouraged us to implement developmentally appropriate practices, to establish child-centered programs, and to value the importance of what we do. As this new era unfolds, we must prepare ourselves for new roles and responsibilities.
In recent years, support for preschool education has grown by leaps and bounds. After all, who wouldn't want to help adorable little kids get an early jump on success? But the enthusiasm for Pre-K dampened a bit with the release of two studies, one from 2012 which studied children in a Head Start program and another from 2016 which studied children in Tennessee's statewide preschool program. The Head Start study found that its children were more inclined to behavioral problems than those who did not participate. The Tennessee study, on the other hand, found that participants did worse academically several years into school than those who had not participated. We need to study the effects of preschool education more before we wholeheartedly commit to public Pre-K programs.
The Seattle Times
Say the words “school discipline” and most people picture obstreperous teenagers who stand as tall as their teachers. But the fact is that suspensions are on the decline among older students while discipline of Washington's youngest is surging. Removing children as young as 5 or 6 from class for up to two weeks has become "shockingly common," said Vanessa Hernandez, director of youth policy at the Washington office of the ACLU, who points to a 60 percent increase in suspensions of kindergartners through second-graders since 2013.
Webinar with Dr. Blythe Hinitz
What: NEW webinar sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company called "Let's Work It Out: Stopping Bullying Before It Starts"
Who: Presented by Dr. Blythe Hinitz, Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at The College of New Jersey and co-author of The Anti-Bullying And Teasing Book For Preschool Classrooms.
When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Click here to register.
Why is this webinar important?
Every classroom presents challenging behavior situations. Join us for this live, interactive session to discover strategies and activities that will provide a foundation for educator action in the classroom, in related activities outside the classroom, as well as in cyberspace. Dr. Blythe Hinitz will share ways we can work towards the creation of the peaceful classroom, fostering a classroom climate of respect and collaboration between adults and children.
Attendees will learn:
Cost: FREE! (plus CE certificates are available)
- How the foundations are formed in peace education, gender-free (nonsexist) education, and addressing challenging behaviors
- How to define harassment, intimidation, bullying, and teasing [HIBT] in your own context
- What the research says about the origins of "mean behaviors" in early childhood
- How we can connect research and practice
- Useful examples of the way these programs work in real classrooms
- How to involve parents, children's "significant others," and the community in collaborative work to stop bullying before it starts
- Which resources can help us
March 22 at 2 p.m. ET — Create a Culture of Acceptance and Kindness in a Challenging World: It all Starts in Your Early Childhood Program
March 24 at 2 p.m. ET — Attachment in the Classroom: How Trusting Early Experiences Shape Brain Development
March 29 at 2 p.m. ET — Shared Services: A Powerful Framework for Strengthening Your Early Care and Education Program
April 5 at 2 p.m. ET — Explicit and Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Education: Becoming Aware of Microaggressions
April 6 at 2 p.m. ET — Create and Deliver Presentations That Make Enduring Impressions and Create Lasting Change
Tim Waxenfelter and Brian Washburn
It's Time Again to File Forms 1094-C and 1095-C
Watch On Demand
ThinkHR's senior benefits advisor Bethany Lopusnak returns with insights and guidance into getting ready to complete the 2016 "C Forms" (1094-C and 1095-C) that must be filed in early 2017 by applicable large employers (ALEs) documenting benefits coverage offers extended during 2016. Bethany provides a refresher of the rules, covers the new items, and answers the most common questions employers have about Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.
Your professional development begins here! Each summer SPARK conducts 2 day "Institutes" for each program in beautiful San Diego that are similar to the SPARK Premium Program — yet offer an even richer, in-depth training experience.
We only offer Institutes once a year, and attendance is limited to 40 (on a first registered basis), so make sure to register soon! Registration is now open for the 2017 SPARK Institutes.
The SPARK Institute early registration deadline is April 21.
Select a program below to learn more & register:
We hope see you in San Diego this summer!
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