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PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
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Labor Management Tips from Oncare wine and cheese café discussion at the PACE Leadership Summit on Feb.27.
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PACE participated in the Watercooler Conference — BIRTHTOFIVE along with other agencies.
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Child Care Licensing Division Quarterly Update for Winter & Spring 2015
California Department of Education
Please find the latest Child Care Licensing Program Update now online at: http://www.ccld.ca.gov/res/pdf/CC_WinterSpring2015.pdf.
PACE participates at the 11th Annual Young Children's Issue Forum 2015, March 28, 2015, Pleasant Hill, California
"Speak out for Chldren: Educate and Advocate"
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 http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/ccdfstplnhear1618.asp.
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: email@example.com
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.
FAQ on Child Care and Development Fund Reauthorization
Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
On Nov. 18, 2014, the president signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law. The new law reauthorized the Child Care and Development Fund for the first time since 1996. It defines health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlines family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensures that parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.
Arnold Schwarzenegger calls on Congress to save funding for after-school programs
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling on Congress to preserve federal funding for after-school programs in a proposed reauthorization of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. At a national summit in Los Angeles, Schwarzenegger will join education, business and law enforcement leaders in demanding that any bill maintain after-school funding. A House proposal would eliminate after-school centers designed to help children in low-income neighborhoods and 68 other programs in favor of a flexibility grant that would allow states to decide how to use funds.
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.
Pre-K children outpace normal expectations through kindergarten
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute via Science Daily
Students who were enrolled in the NC Pre-K Program are making significant gains across all areas of learning through the end of kindergarten, according to a new report.
Study: Children who start school later are more likely to drop out
Science World Report
A new study by researchers at Duke University shows that children who start kindergarten a bit later are more likely to drop out of school and commit serious crimes. However, the outcomes are more likely for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who start later start out with a bit of an advantage. "This research provides the first compelling evidence of a causal link between dropout and crime. It supports the view that crime outcomes should be considered in evaluating school reforms," said lead author Philip J. Cook, a professor in Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy.
Fast facts on raising nutrition standards for child care centers
PEW Charitable Trusts
The U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2015 proposed changes to nutrition standards for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which funds the meals and snacks served to more than 3 million kids a day in settings such as child care centers, after-school programs and even home-based day care.
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The importance of the transition to kindergarten
Harvard Family Research Project
The March 2015 Newsletter from Harvard's Family Involvement Network of Educators discusses the evidence-base supporting the importance of the transition to kindergarten and profiles several programs in high-risk districts that are working to address existing inequalities.
The United States military gets childcare right
Recognized by president Clinton in 1998 as a leader in child development centers, the military provides state-of-the-art daily care to more than 200,000 children from newborns through 12 years. Fifteen years ago, Ann Crittenden joked that if you want high quality, affordable child care, your best bet is to join the military. The same holds true today.
Study: Teach For America teachers offer edge in pre-K reading
Teach For America teachers in lower elementary grades (preschool through 2nd grade) were better at teaching students to read than other teachers, according to a study by the independent research firm Mathematica released March 4. Early-grade TFA teachers were the only ones who produced statistically significant benefits for their students above and beyond what their non-TFA counterparts produced at the same schools. The benefit to students was the equivalent of 1.3 extra months of learning, according to the study.
Classes combining kindergarten, transitional kindergarten pose challenges
As a result of a new state law, California schools instituted transitional kindergarten to give 4-year-olds who were previously eligible for kindergarten an extra year to adjust to school and experience a less academically-oriented curriculum. But many thousands of those children are in classrooms with kindergartners, leaving teachers to figure out how to accommodate the new approach for 4-year-olds while preparing the 5-year-olds for first grade.
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How to measure English learners' development more accurately
The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously posited that it is impossible to step into the same river twice. That is, by the time you go back for the second dip, the water you touched the first time is long downstream. This makes it challenging to get clear understanding of the river: is it full of fish? What's its temperature? Etc. Each splash into the water is simply one slice of time. To get more complete knowledge, you'd need to measure it over a longer period of time.
Head lice: Those itchy little bugs
Why do these tiny bugs create such an uproar? The thought of head lice frightens, disgusts, and angers many parents. Almost immediately they ask, "How did this happen?"; "What should I do?"; and "Who brought this to the center?" Yet head lice, or "pediculosis," ranks just behind the common cold and ear infection as the most frequent communicable disease in children. Head lice primarily affects preschoolers and elementary school children, and occurs most often in the fall when children go back to school and are in close contact with each other.
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