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PACE & California Children's Project
Leading the Way to Quality Training & Networking Luncheon
As the owner or director do you feel isolated in your center? Do you know you run a quality program but want to continually improve and are not sure how? Would you like help in organizing your administrative processes to be ore streamlined? Would you like support in managing your staff, and the day to day operations of your program? The PAS measures the quality of management and leadership practices in your program. It will help you improve!
Excited to announce our presenters, Jill Bella, Ed.D., director of quality supports for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University and Melissa Casteel, Ed.D., Quality Training Specialist for the McCormick Center for Childhood Leadership. Presenting two different two different days at a state of the art Brandman University campus.
Participants will be introduced to the Program Administration Scale which measures the quality of management and leadership practices in a program. Participants will learn how to score the instrument as well as strategies for using the tool as a resource for improving administrative practices. Examples of how center directors, quality facilitators and researchers can use the PAS to enhance program effectiveness will be presented. Participants will also learn how to incorporate the tool into action plans.
Space is limited — Reserve your seat today!
Thursday, June 2 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Brandman University Irvine Campus,
16355 Laguna Canyon Road 1st Floor,
Irvine, CA, 92618
Friday, June 3 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Brandman University Irvine Campus,
2950 Buskirk Avenue,
Walnut Creek, CA, 94597
|Save the date — Oct. 21-23, 2016!
The PACE 47th Annual Education Conference in Sacramento, CA
2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, California, 95815, USA
Join the conference committee! Volunteering for PACE will get you connected, expose you to new ideas and provide you with meaningful ways to support the ECE industry and peers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
PACE is now accepting presentation proposals for the PACE's 47th Annual Education Conference held on Oct. 21-23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento.
Early Care and Education Services are a vital support for working families in California. Access to quality affordable early education services is a pivotal economic determinant of the success of our citizens, businesses and communities. California has a long history of providing low income working parents with early care and education services; however over the last decade we have fallen behind, particularly in the reimbursement rates paid to child care providers and the utilization of an outdated State Median Income (SMI) level entrance criteria for families accessing these services.
Editor's Note: This week, both the Assembly and the Senate budget subcommittees will be having hearings focused on funding for children and their families! Please email email@example.com if you would like to be added to this coalition letter!
This week has two budget hearings focused on child care and early information:
All budget related information will be tracked here.
- Tuesday April 12 @ 9:00 am in room 444 — ASM Budget Sub. 2 on Education Finance. Click here to see agenda.
- Thursday April 14 @ 9:30 or upon adjournment of session in room 4203. Agenda not yet released.
The California State Assembly has introduced 2915 Assembly Bills and the State Senate has introduced 1481 Senate Bills. To better support our field, CAPPA will be hosting an index of child care, early education, poverty related and other bills flagged to be of an interest to our field. Click here to go to index.
Please take a moment to review the following bills that have been identified as being a top priority for our field. Bills with supporting information accessed here.
Click here to see state budget related information and upcoming hearings.
- AB 598 (Calderon) — Child care: family child care home education networks.
- AB 1897 (Mullin) — Day care centers: birth to first grade license option.
- AB 2058 (Mayes) — CalWORKs Educational Opportunity and Attainment Program.
- AB 2150 (Santiago & Weber) — Subsidized child care and development services: eligibility periods. Sample Template
- SB 1154 (Liu) — Child care and development services: resource and referral programs.(Patty Siegel Memorial Act of 2016)
George Halvorson, Chairman of the First 5 California Commission, and Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California, praised Gov. Jerry Brown, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson for signing AB 908, a bill that increases workers' access to the Paid Family Leave program, especially for the state's lowest and moderate income workers.
|A few questions answered from the PACE Regional Trainings with Licensing:
Sunscreen application and how that is documented, here is what regulations state:
Nonprescription medications may be administered without approval or instructions from the child's physician if all of the following conditions are met:
(A) Nonprescription medications shall be administered in accordance with the product label directions on the nonprescription medication container(s).
(B) For each nonprescription medication, the licensee shall obtain, in writing, approval and instructions from the child's authorized representative for the administration of the medication to the child.
(C) The licensee shall develop and implement a written plan to record the administration of prescription and nonprescription medications and to inform the child's authorized representative daily when such medications have been given.
- This documentation shall be kept in the child's record.
- The instructions from the child's authorized representative shall not conflict with the product label directions on the nonprescription medication container(s).
(D) When no longer needed by the child, or when the child withdraws from the center, all medications shall be returned to the child's authorized representative or disposed of after an attempt to reach the authorized representative.
Many facilities use the permission slip method for sunscreen and if you include the wording that it is applied daily and the parents are signing that then you should be ok.
What is a written health statement for volunteers?
For volunteers, a written health statement consists of the volunteer writing that s/he is in good health and signing it. A TB clearance is required for volunteers as well.
101216(g) Personnel Requirements:
(3) The good physical health of each volunteer who works in the center shall be verified by:
What are the ratios for school-aged children for fieldtrips? What about swimming pools with lifeguards?
(A) A statement signed by each volunteer affirming that he/she is in good health.
(B) Results of a test for tuberculosis performed not more than one year prior to or seven days after initial presence in the center
There are no required increased ratios for school-aged children on a field trip. There are also no required increased ratios for water activities for school-aged children. There is a 1 teacher — 6 children ratio required in preschool programs (101216.6 Staffing for Water Activities).
When can school-aged children and preschool children be combined (comingled)?
Children from differing licenses can be combined during the first and last hours of the day and during special events (such as parties) with a waiver granted from the Regional Office. This is found in policy, not Regulation. The ratios during these events must follow the required ratios of the youngest child in care (example: if preschoolers and school-agers are comingled, the 1:12 ratio must be met).
101238.2 Outdoor Activity Space:
Planned activities are time-limited activities previously identified by the licensee in the admission policies program of activities approved by the Department for mixed-age groups. Generally, this applies during the first and last hour of the day, field trips, parties, class pictures and other like activities. However, this is not a blanket approval to allow children to be in mixed-age groups at any time at the convenience of the center. Planned activities are intended to be short-term activities--not ongoing, daylong activities.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement in response to a new report done jointly by the Food Research & Action Center and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities regarding positive outcomes of the Community Eligibility Provision, part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which allows eligible high-poverty schools to offer school meals to all students at no charge, so they can focus on serving children the nutritious meals they need to learn, instead of doing paperwork.
Team Nutrition is looking for creative Nutritionists, with excellent project management skills, to join our team in the Nutrition Education and Promotion Branch of the Child Nutrition Programs at the Food and Nutrition Service. Please share the links to the announcements below with nutritionists you know that have experience with and are interested in developing and evaluating nutrition education and promotional resources, publications, and training materials to support the Child Nutrition Programs, such as the National School Lunch Program and CACFP. This position closes April 11.
NARA has received a question from a member that provides the community an opportunity to share best practices and/or other information that can be beneficial to doing business in the human care industry. Does your agency subsidize the child care fee for foster families using TANF funding in order to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses? If so, how do you manage the funding? If so, share your responses with Mike Boland.
The Army is transitioning to a new single portal Department of Defense website designed to make it easier for Soldiers to find the childcare they need. In March 2016, select Army garrison families will begin to use www.MilitaryChildCare.com as their website to search for and request child care services where they are or where they are planning to move.
Early childhood education advocates and providers are advocating for $800 million for preschool and other early learning programs. Early education supporters want more money for child care and preschool services through 10,000 more slots in the California State Preschool Program for low-income children and more quality control funding. They also want income limits for eligibility for state preschool and child care programs to be raised, which would increase the number of children with access to services.
It's been a big week for families in two U.S. coastal cities, with working parents receiving more options for spending time with their infants without jeopardizing their income. But some critics worry that, though the policies ease some financial burdens for growing families, they don't do enough to dismantle a cultural trope that construes work and parenthood as a zero-sum game.
Daycare In Demand
Tours are the single best opportunity you have to convince parents that your center is the right place for them and their kids. Are you making the most of them? I've written before about the importance of making sure your child care center looks (and smells!) as good as possible, and last week we covered some general goals relating to your tour process.
The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) has awarded millions of dollars to schools and community based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve high-quality physical education programs. SPARK has worked with over 150 PEP Grant winners to date; Click here to learn about their PEP experiences with SPARK.
Child Care Law Center
You know best what your needs are — and what your capacity is — to ensure the health and safety of children in your care. The Child Care Law Center wants to hear what you have to say about training requirements for child care providers. Your anonymous answers to this 15-minute survey may impact current and future health and safety training requirements! You have a chance to win a $25 Target gift card by completing this survey. If you have questions, please email Child Care Law Center staff attorney Laurie Furstenfeld or call her at 415-558-8005 x3. Thank you!
The Afterschool for All Challenge: Take Action at Home
Tuesday, April 12 — 1-2 p.m. ET (10-11 a.m. PST)
Creating Year-Round Opportunities for Literacy
Wednesday, April 13 — 2-3 p.m. ET (11 p.m. - 12 p.m. PST)
FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behavior
May 5 (Thursday) from 1-2 p.m. Eastern
June 3 (Friday) from 1-2 p.m. Eastern
Building Your Bounce: Promoting YOUR Resilience
May 11 (Wednesday) from 1-2 p.m. Eastern
Promoting Resilience in School-Age Children
April 14 (Thursday) from 2-3 p.m. Eastern
June 14 (Tuesday) from 2-3 p.m. Eastern
Using Conscious Discipline Strategies &
the e-DECA Assessment
April 19 (Tuesday) from 1-2 p.m. Eastern
Center for American Progress
Many children of color and children from low-income families enter kindergarten without the academic skills they need to succeed. Compared to their white peers, African American and Hispanic children are anywhere from 9 to 10 months behind in math and 7 to 12 months behind in reading when they enter kindergarten. These achievement gaps are concerning: Math and reading abilities at kindergarten entry are powerful predictors of later school success, and children who enter kindergarten already behind are unlikely to catch up. Moreover, in the past 50 years, minimal progress has been made toward reducing these achievement gaps.
A survey of after-school program providers found that 29 percent of respondents — including large programs such as LA's BEST and THINK Together — say they are likely to close in the next two years without an increase in the daily reimbursement rate from the state. More than 86 percent of providers said they were having trouble hiring quality staff, and two-thirds said their programs had a waiting list, according to the survey by the Oakland-based advocacy group Partnership for Children & Youth.
While much attention is paid to early education programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, and state-funded pre-K, many might not know that family child care providers sometimes deliver these programs. These providers tend to often fly under the radar of public attention. But family child care is actually one of the most common child care arrangements nationwide. According to the National Survey of Early Care and Education about a million paid and an additional 2.7 million unpaid home-based providers provide care for children who are not their own for at least five hours each week.
A new analysis of reading and math scores in two of the country's highest-performing public preschool programs (Tulsa and Boston) concludes that high-quality preschool could help children of all backgrounds enter kindergarten on an even playing field. The study, commissioned by the Center for American Progress, a policy think tank and conducted by the National Institutes for Early Education Research, determined that universal high-quality preschool could reduce the achievement gap at kindergarten entry in math by 78 percent for Hispanic students and 45 percent for African-American students. The gap in reading would be virtually eliminated for both groups, the analysis found.
How do you develop a good program? How can you improve an already-creative program? Here are 10 simple steps to get your arts program off the ground and flying high.
The Wall Street Journal
At the Scandinavian School of Jersey City, the children don’t have cupcakes at birthday parties, but there is plenty of fruit salad. Instead of meat, eggs and dairy for the 1- to 6-year-olds, there is kale from the preschool’s garden and cashew milk made from scratch. This sought-after school in an increasingly hip city is unusually committed to the goal of getting children to eat their vegetables. The Scandi School, as it is called, is one of the few vegan preschools in the country. The school didn't start out with such a specific diet. But when two children being raised vegan enrolled four years ago, school director Maria Germerud-Sharp didn't want them to feel left out at meals, so she banned what they couldn't have.
Preschoolers in Colorado are learning about same-sex marriage and other gender issues. Public and private schools are seeing a push for anti-bias curriculum in classrooms. It's a topic that teachers are not afraid to talk about it. From the preschool level with same-sex couples in picture books to the high school level, students and teachers are talking about these issues together. "We've seen really heartbreaking data that suggests these conversations need to happen and they need to happen early in schools," said Bethy Leonardi, a professor for future teachers at the University of Colorado Boulder.
With research showing that quality preschool education can have a profound impact on a child's entire life, a panel of experts took on the question of what does high-quality pre-K look like. For 90 minutes, the panel touched on the need for more resources, the importance of good teachers and the factors parents should consider in making their decisions. One area they were in agreement on is that quality pre-K could be a way to close gaps in success later in life, particularly for those growing up in poverty. And closing those gaps, they said, helps society as a whole.
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