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Important ECE Hearings that will needs your support! Let your voices be heard!
Early Childhood Education in the budget representing community based child care centers! These hearings are of extremely important to ECE and your Centers!
Please reference the Women's Caucus letter asking for $600 million to be dedicated to ECE system in the budget! See the letter.
There is also a Senate joint Education Committee hearing on April 16 at the Capitol — Mark your calendars!
Thursday, April 16
JOINT HEARING BUDGET AND FISCAL REVIEW
SUBCOMMITTEE NO. 1 ON EDUCATION AND SUBCOMMITTEE NO. 3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Chairs, BLOCK AND MITCHELL
9:30 a.m. — State Capitol, John L. Burton Hearing Room 4203
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CalWORKs — Child Care
Early Childhood Education
PACE is asking you take a little time out of your very busy schedules and have your voice heard! Your ECE community needs you! Please email email@example.com if you plan on attending one or all of these important hearings.
From our friends and colleagues at the California Head Start Association: AB 762 (Mullin) Integrated Child Care Licenses hearing date, April 14 — We need you!
Dear Early Care and Education Community Partners,
It's TIME TO ACT!!!
The AB 762 (Mullin) — Integrated Child Care Licensing Bill now has a Hearing Date and is assigned to the Assembly Human Services Committee for Policy Hearing in Room 437 at 1:30 p.m. on April 14. The Chair of the committee is ASM Kansen Chu, D-San Jose.
We Need You to Tell Your Story!!!
It will be important for the Assembly Human Services Committee to hear how this dual licensing structure with a "Toddler Component" option is affecting you as a provider trying to manage your enrollment, attendance and funded contracts. How this structure is affecting children and teachers in the classroom by not being able to provide a quality continuity of care philosophy. Finally, how this system is affecting parents who lose care due to the six month gap in services for their children between the ages of 30 – 36 months in the transition from an Infant program to a Preschool program.
Please feel free to take a moment and look at the AB 762 Fact Sheet plus Bill language posted on the California Head Start Association's website: www.caheadstart.org and share it with others who want to support advocacy efforts in creating quality care and education for our children in California.
You can help in two ways:
1. Send Letters of Support sent to Committee Chair ASM Kansen Chu at firstname.lastname@example.org, cc Miriam.Farouk@asm.ca.gov and email@example.com.
Budget update: Legislative Women's Caucus continues to prioritize child care!
Click here to view the letter.
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference in Ontario California
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
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PACE is seeking presenters. Conduct a workshop at PACE 46th Annual Education Conference and get 50% off your registration fee? Click here for the application form.
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Using social media to promote your school/center
What platforms are being used?
- Most centers have a website and email address
- Facebook is also a very common option
- A handful of centers are using a blog or newsletter
- Few centers are using Twitter or Pinterest
- Some centers have experimented with Yelp but overall, there is a negative perception of their tactics
- A few schools also mentioned that they are using third-party resources to manage their blogs or social channels
Contra Costa forum addresses child care, early education, state support
San Jose Mercury News
At the 11th annual "Young Children's Issues Forum," education and advocacy proponents came together for quality child care and resource-rich early education. More than 200 participants learned from state legislators, elected officials and experts in the field about building bridges between ages 0-5 and K-12 systems, investing in quality care and education, and the power of collective action. The local effort is related directly to Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, known as QRIS. In 2011, Contra Costa was one of 15 counties in California to receive a federal grant to design a system for improving and identifying high-quality child care programs. PACE participated in this important event.
PACE gives a shout out to National partner and ECEC Executive Director M.-A. Lucas for taking part in a panel discussion at National Head Start Association, Partnerships in Practice: Building Bridges between Early Head Start and Child Care. Joined by NHSA President Yasmina Vinci and Barb Sawyer, director of Special Projects for the NAFCC, ECEC added critical community provider perspective to a lively discussion on the challenges so far in implementing Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. The panel and audience together reflected on issues including shared accountability, continuing to build understanding of mission and standards across the subsidy and Early Head Start program communities, and the need for substantial capacity building at the outset of the partnership process.
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The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase your STEM opportunities to families and share information, ideas and resources with fellow STEM practitioners.
Register your program and start connecting at www.theconnectory.org.
Governor Brown directs first ever statewide mandatory water reductions
Office of Governor Edmond G. Brown Jr.
Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
Literacy gap between Latino and white toddlers starts early, study shows
Los Angeles Times
Latino toddlers whose language comprehension is roughly similar to white peers at 9 months old fall significantly behind by the time they are 2, according to a study. The UC Berkeley study found that four-fifths of the nation's Mexican American toddlers lagged three to five months behind whites in pre-literacy skills, oral language and familiarity with print materials. The study found, for instance, that only 18 percent of Mexican American mothers who spoke Spanish at home read to their children daily, compared with 59 percent of white mothers. Among Mexican American mothers who spoke English at home, 28 percent read daily. Less than half of all Latino 4-year-olds attend preschool, compared with 70 percent of whites.
10 activities for rainy days
It's raining and activities to do with the children are limited or are they? Don't allow those early summer showers hinder learning. Instead, weave these rainy day activities into teachable moments throughout the day. The possibilities are endless!
LAUSD committee building support for early childhood funding
LA School Report
Recently, an LA Unified committee will discuss the importance and feasibility of sustaining a program aimed at helping children in their first years of life as they approach kindergarten. While experts regard this time as critical to child development, money the district has used to fund such efforts are sunsetting: The proposed budget calls for the elimination of the Student Readiness and Language Development Program over the next two years. The cost is about $36 million a year to benefit 10,000 children.
The good, the bad and the solution
Preschool Matters ... Today!
There are two issues embedded in this concern: No.1 drill/didactic literacy teaching and No. 2 too few texts. With respect to the concern about drill-and-kill teaching, we believe: That teachers should teach literacy in kindergarten. The CCSS propose a list of specific English/Language Arts concepts and skills that kindergartners should learn (and therefore teachers should teach).
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Transforming the workforce for children birth through age 8: A unifying foundation
Institute of Medicine
Children are already learning at birth, and they develop and learn at a rapid pace in their early years. This provides a critical foundation for lifelong progress, and the adults who provide for the care and education of young children bear a great responsibility for these children's health, development and learning. The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council were commissioned to explore the implications of the science of child development for the professionals who work with children birth through age 8.
The sooner the better: Early childhood education, a key to life-long success
"The sooner the better" is the perfect tag line for early childhood education. There is no magic bullet to ensure a lifetime of self-fulfillment in personal and career terms. But rigorous research shows that high-quality early childhood education is an extraordinarily powerful means to promote continued success in school, in the workplace, and also in social and civic realms.
Making progress on early childhood education in states and communities
Center for American Progress
Early childhood education is one of the best investments the United States can make in its future workforce. Around the country, states and communities are realizing its benefits and ramping up efforts to expand access to high-quality early childhood programs beginning at birth. Federal investments in Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships have helped states make significant strides.
All lead preschool teachers should have B.A., top advisory groups urge
In a lengthy report, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council wrote that all lead teachers in the nation's preschools should have a bachelor's degree in early childhood development or early education. "This report is a call to action," said LaRue Allen, a professor of psychology at New York University who served on the report committee. "We know it will not be a fast, easy, or cheap fix." Both the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council were established with a charter from President Abraham Louncolm in 1863. They are independent non-profits charged with providing both government and Private sector leaders with realizable scientific evidence to aid in creating health policy.
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Why we don't need to get rid of Common Core to have play in kindergarten
Shayna Cook, a Program Associate with New America’s Early Education Initiative, writes: "My first experience in elementary school was magical. My kindergarten teacher Mrs. Mantz was friendly and warm, and I remember meeting my first friend, Marwa, in the play area. I showed her around the kitchen pointing and telling her the names of different plastic foods as we played. Kindergarten was Marwa’s first experience in school and she was just beginning to learn English. Our time together in the play kitchen– or what I would later learn to refer to as the dramatic play center–developed her language skills as well as my own. Now, I enjoy observing young children read their environment and discover written words and new vocabulary through play when I have the opportunity to visit elementary schools. Like the time one of my former pre-K students, Amy, looked up from building in the block area and noticed that there was a word on our classroom door. She took her finger and pointed to each letter as she said, 'D-O-O-R. Door.' What a discovery!"
Early education narrows the achievement gap with younger starts and longer stays
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute via Science Daily
New research reveals high-quality early education is especially advantageous for children when they start younger and continue longer. Not only does more high-quality early education significantly boost the language skills of children from low-income families, children whose first language is not English benefit even more.
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