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PACE attends the Senate Joint Education Committee Hearing
PACE attends the Senate Joint Education Committee Hearing on April 14th and the Joint Hearing Budget and Fiscal Review on April 16th at the Capitol in Sacramento to testify on behalf of California Children! Go Team PACE!
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference in Ontario California
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
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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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PITC Webinar Series on Infant/Toddler Relationships, Interactions, and Guidance — Part I and II
This series is conducted by the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division, in collaboration with the Program for Infant/Toddler Care, WestEd.
This webinar series is limited to California Educators.
For additional information and to register online,
visit the PITC Webinars page.
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We are all teachers and learners
Preschool Matters ... Today
Sharon Ritchie, Ed.D., a senior scientist, FPG Child Development Institute-UNC CH, writes: "I am a strong supporter of the Common Core. From the outset let me qualify that by saying that it is by no means perfect, and that people have perfectly good reasons to question the Standards and to look for revision and improvement. There is no single thing that should not bear up under scrutiny and inquiry."
Don't just kiss babies, promise them an education
U.S. News & World Report
Shaking hands and kissing babies. It's the old stereotype of a political campaign. Now that several candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the 2016 presidential race, we can expect to see a lot more of both in the next 18 months. But this time around, we should expect candidates to do more than kiss the babies. Parents, policymakers and the public increasingly recognize the importance of early childhood education. Research documenting the crucial role of early language, social-emotional and cognitive development for children's later learning has become widely known. High-quality pre-K programs in Boston, New Jersey and Oklahoma have demonstrated the potential of early interventions to produce lasting changes in children's outcomes.
The benefits of helping preschoolers understand and discuss their emotions
Terrible Twos. Threenagers. Fearsome Fours. These are years marked by tantrums and meltdowns — palpable reminders that young children haven't yet learned how to regulate their emotions. But rather than wait for them to outgrow this phase, caregivers can use this window to teach emotional literacy skills that will yield immediate and long-term benefits.
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The 7 faces of the early childhood educator
Over the last decade, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has brought us into a new era of working with young children. They have encouraged us to implement developmentally appropriate practices, to establish child-centered programs, and to value the importance of what we do. As this new era unfolds, we must prepare ourselves for new roles and responsibilities.
Art appreciation helps young children learn to think and express ideas
Art lessons for pre-kindergarten students are moving beyond finger paints and into the worlds of van Gogh, da Vinci and Rivera. Teachers in a number of districts in California are using classic works of art to inspire some of the youngest students to observe closely, think critically and discuss respectfully — all key elements of the Common Core approach to learning. By looking closely together as a class at a Picasso or a Cezanne, 4- and 5-year-olds are learning how to observe and translate their thoughts into language and listen and respond to multiple perspectives.
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Report reveals lack of quality preschools contributes to achievement gap
America's need for higher-quality preschool programs contributes to the country's achievement gaps, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education. "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," said an article from the Education Department's press office.
Capturing curiosity: Capitalizing on children's motivation to discover key in early education
It may look like children are just playing — as they giggle, babble and analyze items that have caught their eye and sparked their curiosity. But they're actually engrossed in the important work of building the foundation on which future learning depends, early childhood education specialists say. In the earliest years of a child's life, the brain is buzzing with activity, rapidly constructing the framework for learning.
Access and quality: Providing preschool with purpose
Recently, the Senate released its bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act draft. Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first iteration of ESEA into law, and after years of regulation revisions, the current Congress has a chance to include an impactful investment in our nation's young children. So far, though, Congress has not delivered. On the same day that the draft bill was made public, the U.S. Department of Education released a report that illustrates a need for action. A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America, evaluates our nation's ability to provide high-quality pre-K access to all children.
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