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Oct. 16-18, 2015
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Early care and education programs
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG): CCDBG is the primary federal funding source for child care assistance for children from birth through age 12 from low-income families. The program is administered as a state block grant, providing states with broad feasibility in settling policies regarding operational guidelines and licensure, as well as programmatic health, safety and quality thresholds. 1.7 million children receive assistance through CCDBG, about one out of every size eligible children. The program was reauthorized in 2014, resulting in strengthened requirement for health and safety, and cost stability to support provider investments in quality.
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Contra Costa County Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education
11th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum
Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration and resource fair begins at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch provided
Where: Pleasant Hill Community Center 320 Civic Center, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Registration: Admission is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register.

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Dear First 5 California Friends, Colleagues and Stakeholders:
First 5 California
I wanted to reach out with a request and reminder for you to complete our brief survey. The information you provide in this survey is critical for us at First 5 California to assess our progress toward achieving the work outlined in our Strategic Plan, and to make any course adjustments that will help us toward that end. Your feedback is valuable to us and we appreciate the time you spend to share it.

I am inviting you to share this feedback by completing a short survey by Friday, March 20, at 5:00 p.m.

The survey is confidential and we hope to gather input from as many First 5 California stakeholders and partners as possible. This includes, but is not limited to, parents, policymakers, providers of services to children ages 0 to 5 and their families, philanthropies, and 0 to 5 program administrators.

Additionally, we ask that you take a moment to share the survey link with your networks, as appropriate.

The survey is available at To ensure confidentiality, the Glen Price Group is hosting the survey and all survey responses. If you have questions about this survey, please contact Maggie Steakley at

You also can access the survey from our website at

On behalf of First 5 California, I thank you for your continued support and feedback. We look forward to strengthening our work with you to benefit our state's youngest children, their families and communities.

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As part of the State Plan preparation process, federal law requires the lead agency to convene a public hearing to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the provision of child care services and quality improvement activities under the Plan before it is submitted to the federal government. In accordance with these requirements, a second public hearing will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the California Department of Education from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note that this hearing date has been rescheduled from Friday, March 16, 2015. Additional interactive videoconference sites will be available at select county offices of education throughout the state. Public comment can be made at each of the county office of education sites. The locations of the State Plan Public Hearing are as follows:

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Yolo County Office of Education
1280 Santa Anita Court, Suite 100
Woodland, CA 95776

Merced County Office of Education - ITS Center
2120 Cooper Avenue
Merced CA 95340

Riverside County Office of Education
3939 13th Street, Landis Room 1&2
Riverside, CA 92501

Santa Clara County Office of Education
1290 Ridder Park Drive, Gilroy Room
San Jose, CA 95131

Information concerning public hearings and testimony is available on the EESD website at

In addition to testimony at the public hearings, written testimony will be accepted, and submitted by mail, fax, or email. All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 1.

By Mail: Written comments on the proposed State Plan should be addressed to:
State Plan Public Hearing Coordinator
Early Education and Support Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA 95814
By Email: Please use the following email address:
By Fax: Please use the following fax number for written comments: 916-323-6853
The purpose of the Federal Child Care and Development Fund is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of early care and education services. Your comments and suggestions will help ensure that the CCDF State Plan being proposed will fulfill this purpose.

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Measles Guidance provided by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families
Childhood diseases like measles can cause children pain and discomfort. They can lead to doctor visits, hospitalization, and even death. Immunizations are the best way to protect young children from 14 serious diseases, including measles. As you are likely aware, there have been recent measles outbreaks in the U.S. The ACF is reaching out to partners in child care and Head Start to help prevent further cases by underscoring the importance of immunization.

Measles can be dangerous — especially for babies and young children. Measles spreads very easily, so it is important to protect against infection. To prevent measles, eligible children should be vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The measles vaccine has been used for years, and it is safe and effective.

The ACF's Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care consider it critical that children in programs are vaccinated according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunization recommendations. Head Start programs are required to help children in their care become current with their vaccinations.

The CDC has provided guidance for early childhood programs that can be accessed at: This document includes guidance for child care programs to follow State and local immunization requirements and also discusses what to do if a case of measles occurs in your program.

One of the most important contributions Early Head Start, Head Start, and child care programs can make is to reach out to parents. The CDC has also provided sample materials and articles to share with parents in newsletters, Web pages, or other publications. Click here for a guidance and resource document for early childhood programs. The ACF appreciates the partnership of Early Head Start and Head Start programs, state child care agencies, and child care provider networks in protecting the health of children.

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Why full-day kindergarten is a key piece of the early education puzzle
In recent years, early education has been on federal and state policymakers' radar more than ever before. The Obama Administration has introduced several early learning initiatives, from Preschool Development Grants and Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, to the ambitious Preschool for All proposal. Meanwhile, a growing number of red and blue states across the country are taking the initiative to pilot and expand public pre-K programs for 4-year-olds without the help of the federal government.
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Poll: Majority of Americans want vaccines to be required as measles outbreak grows
A new CNN/ORC poll shows nearly 8 of 10 Americans believe parents should be required to vaccinate their healthy children against preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and polio. If the children are not vaccinated, most agree the child should not be allowed to attend public school or day care. These results come as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a total of 154 cases of measles in the country, from Jan. 1, 2015 to Feb. 20, 2015. That's an additional 13 cases in the last week.
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New military kids magazine speaks at kids' level
Spouse Buzz
Sometimes managing military life for our kids is about striking that balance between acknowledging publicly that, being a military family is hard and letting yourself wallow in it at home. We celebrate the public display of the sacrifice of military families. But how do we protect our kids from that negativity? Because while that is reality, sometimes parenting is about refocusing our kids away from that harshness and instead toward whatever positive things we can dig up.
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    California has highest child poverty rate in nation (KPBS)
Kids on the move: Afterschool programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity (The Afterschool Alliance)
Parents' and providers' views of important aspects of child care quality (Child Trends)
Pre-K works especially well for children of immigrants (EdCentral)
Adjectives, social cues, screens and more: What scientists know about baby brains (Education Week)

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Oakland minimum-wage hike puts child caregivers in a jam
San Francisco Chronicle
Workers who benefit from Oakland's minimum wage hike might soon lose a service that enables them to work in the first place. It turns out the well-intentioned law is putting a financial squeeze on Oakland's child care industry, leading some providers to panic.
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Robot model for infant learning shows bodily posture may affect memory and learning
Indiana University via Science Daily
Using both robots and infants, a cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. "This study shows that the body plays a role in early object name learning, and how toddlers use the body's position in space to connect ideas," an author said. "The creation of a robot model for infant learning has far-reaching implications for how the brains of young people work."
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States rarely use early-intervention trigger built into special education law
Education Week
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act requires that school districts create early-intervention programs if they are flagged by their state for overidentifying minorities for special education. But only a little more than 2 percent of the nation's school districts were required to so in 2011-2012, amid concerns from federal officials that a standard definition of overidentification is needed.
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Classroom design and how it influences behavior
Earlychildhood News
Early childhood classrooms serve as the physical environment for adults and young children for most of their waking hours. Although it is important for classrooms to be attractive to the eye, it is equally, if not more important, that they function effectively. Your child care environment influences how you feel about yourself and your job, and how you as an early childhood professional relate to the children in your care. The children in your care experience the environment indirectly through interactions with you and directly through their own experience with the physical setting.
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