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Congratulations to the following PACE Officers & Board Members — July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017
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PACE seeking workshop presenters
PACE is actively seeking workshop presenters for its PACE 46th Annual Education Conference. If your application is accepted you can attend the conference at 50% off your registration fee? Click here for the application form
Ready, Set, SUCCEED: A Women's Small Business seminar, April 20
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
What: Ready, Set, SUCCEED: A Women’s Small Business Seminar
When: Monday, April 20, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Note: Lunch will not be served, however, light snacks will be provided.)
Where: Sobrato Center, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City (Note: There are two buildings at the Center. The program will begin in the 350 building.)
Transit/parking: Parking in available at the Sobrato Center. Spaces can be found in front of the buildings and around either side. There is a SamTrans bus stop approximately a 10-minute walk from the building.
To register for this free event, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending one or all of these important hearings.
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference in Ontario California
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
Click here for the registration form.
PACE licensing tune-up kit 2015
If you didn't get a chance to attend the Regional Licensing Training, we still have a few more tune-up kits for sale.
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Employment Landmines Presentation from the Leadership Summit
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A matter of equity: Preschool in America
The U.S. Department of Education
All parents hope their child will start school ready for success. Unfortunately, not every parent can find the high-quality early learning opportunity that sets their child up for success. Earlier today the U.S. Department of Education released a new report outlining the unmet need for high-quality early learning programs in America. Roughly 6 in 10 4-year-olds are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs, and even fewer are enrolled in the highest quality programs.
How to keep children at the center of your program
What is a play-based curriculum? It can be described in a number of ways. It's a carefully planned environment that is both stimulating and exciting. It has teachers who support children as they explore their environment, who talk with them and who extend their play when required. Simply put, it's a fun place to play, where children can learn without knowing learning is taking place.
Element of surprise helps babies learn
Johns Hopkins University via Science Daily
Cognitive psychologists have demonstrated for the first time that babies learn new things by leveraging the core information they are born with. When something surprises a baby, like an object not behaving the way a baby expects it to, the baby not only focuses on that object, but ultimately learns more about it than from a similar yet predictable object.
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Duncan wants new law to include early childhood education, state oversight
The Washington Post
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the nation's main federal education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that Congress needs to craft a modern version that stays true to the law's intent: to create equal educational opportunity for all children. Speaking beside a mural of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the District's main library, which bears King's name, Duncan said he was heartened by a bipartisan plan to upgrade the law written by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate education panel, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
How parents cope with America's child-care 'crisis'
The Christian Science Monitor
Toward the end of one recent workday, with many of the city’s commuters already on their way home, Vanessa Smith climbed the stairs to the loft-like expanse of Free Range Office, one of Chicago's newest co-working spaces, where entrepreneurs and freelancers rent desks and network with other independent professionals. With one hand holding on to her 3-year-old daughter, Michaela, and the other pressing a phone to her ear, Smith walked directly toward the conference room and into an experiment in child care. Instead of conference tables or smart boards, the room had everything for the under-5 set – stuffed animals and blocks, mats, and a "Frozen" picture book, even a children's yoga instructor.
The Common Core State Standards are not a curriculum
Preschool Matters ... Today!
Kindergarten standards are not appropriate for children that age. Assessment related to reaching standards will not be developmentally appropriate, and results may be misused. Much of the concern about CCSS relates to two areas — curriculum and assessment — and not to the standards themselves. Please note: The Common Core State Standards are NOT a curriculum. The curriculum must be developed by those responsible for instruction. This might include collaborative efforts by State Departments of Education and school district personnel.
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New report shows greater need for access to high-quality preschool for America's children
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education released a new report detailing the unmet need across the country for high-quality preschool programs. According to the report, A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America, of the approximately 4 million 4-year olds in the United States, about 60 percent — or nearly 2.5 million — are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs, including state preschool programs, Head Start and programs serving children with disabilities. Even fewer are enrolled in the highest-quality programs.
The power of 1-on-1 tutoring in early literacy
Abbie Lieberman, a program associate with New America's Early Education Initiative, writes: "Before coming into work this morning I made a stop at the Center City Public Charter School Shaw campus, like I do most Tuesdays. Down in the school's basement is a small room with approximately 12 desks; the walls are covered with maps, colorful posters, and student worksheets. There are carts full of books and a shelf lined with about 50 student folders. This is the school's designated Reading Partners 'reading center,' where kindergarten through 4th grade students who are struggling with reading come once or twice a week to receive 45 minutes of one-on-one tutoring. The tutors are community volunteers who commit at least one hour of their week to work with an assigned student.”"
Education Department report calls for congressional action on preschool
Only 41 percent of the nation's 4.1 million 4-year-olds are enrolled in publicly funded preschool, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Education. To address this "unmet need," the report calls for Congress to include preschool and other early-learning programs in its looming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the primary federal law governing education in the U.S. The reauthorization "must reflect real equity of opportunity, starting with our youngest learners," the report states.
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