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PACE invites you to submit a presenter application for the PACE Annual Education Conference on Oct. 20-22 at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel.
Please join us in advocating for our state's youngest learners! Parents and community advocates can have their voices heard at the annual Early Learning Advocacy Day on May 24 in Sacramento at the Capitol Event Center.
This all-day event will bring together early learning advocates from across California to "Seize the Moment for California's Youngest Children" and brief state legislators on why high-quality early learning programs are an essential investment for California and the nation.
You will not want to miss this opportunity to:
May 24, 2017
- Participate in small-group visits with state legislators
- Learn about innovations in early learning taking place throughout California
- Meet and network with other early learning advocates
Capitol Event Center
1020 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Register online | Registration form
Click here to find your State Senator and Assemblymember. You will need this information to register.
PACE 2017 Annual Education Conference at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel
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This week, California Assembly and Senate floor sessions will convene on Monday and Thursday.
Upcoming child care, early education and related issues main budget hearing days are as follows:
Click here to read all related budget hearings and budget related information.
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 9:00 — ASM Budget Sub 2 on Education: After School Programs
- Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 9:00 — ASM Budget Sub 2 on Education: Technology
- Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 2:30 — ASM Budget Sub 1 On Health And Human Services v CalWORKs
- Thursday May 11, 2017 @ 9:30 — SEN Budget Sub 1 pm Education — Department of Education
Prior Budget Hearings:
On April 4, 2017 the ASM Budget Sub 2 on Education convened a hearing covering Early Childhood Education. By a vote of 5-1, the sub-committee passed a motion to reject the Governor's proposed funding pause.
Click here to see the action taken.
On April 6, 2017 the SEN Budget Subcommittees 1 (human services) and 3 (education) convened a joint hearing on Child Care and Early Education. No formal action was taken, however there was clear bi-partisan expression that the governor's proposal pause should be rejected.
*On April 20, 2017 the SEN Budget Sub 3 on Education convened a hearing covering CalWORKs.
**Both the Legislative Women's Caucus and the Legislative Latino Caucus have committed child care as a priority.
Click here to read Legislative Women's Caucus Press Release
Click here to read Legislative Women's Caucus Priority Letter to the Governor.
Click here to read Legislative Latino Caucus Press Release, where AB 60 was named as 2017 priority legislation.
Click here to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field. You can find fact sheets and sample letter templates when available. On this page, CAPPA also will be noting legislative hearings of interest to our field. To track and/or review legislation or to create your own tracking list, click here.
Bills identified as of high interest to our field include:
To access the Senate Daily Files, click here.
- AB 60 (Santiago & Gonzalez) — This bill will establish a not less than 12 month re/eligibility determination process for child care and establishes "ongoing income eligible" to mean that a family's adjusted monthly income is at or below 85 percent of the most recent state median income.
- AB 160 (Stone) — This bill would restore CalWORKS eligibility from 48 months to 60.
- AB 227 (Mayes) — This bill would create the Educational Opportunity and Attainment Program that would provide education incentive grants to CalWORKs recipients to encourage and support low-income parents who reach certain educational goals and create additional work-study slots and support services for CalWORKs recipients pursuing their education.
- AB 231 (Chavez) — This bill will define State Median Income and create a phase out process.
- AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry) — Child care services: eligibility.
- AB 603 (Quirk-Silva) — This bill would require alternative payment programs to: develop an electronic
timesheet process for the monthly attendance record or invoices, offer the electronic time sheet process to child care providers, offer to reimburse the child care provider via a direct deposit transfer into the child care provider's financial institution account.
- AB 1106 (Weber) — This bill will allow allocated monies to support working families with child care, to be distributed over a longer period of time. Additionally, the proposal will allow active military personnel to not have their basic housing allowance considered as part of their income when they apply for a child care subsidy. Find the fact sheet here.
- AB 1164 (Thurmond) — Foster care placement: funding. This bill would establish the Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children (bridge program). The bill would authorize county welfare departments to administer the bridge program and distribute vouchers to children between birth and 4 years of age, placed with an approved resource family or the child of a young parent involved in the child welfare system.
To access the Assembly Daily Files, click here.
To watch live coverage of the Assembly and Senate click here.
The legislature has begun work on framing the legislative and budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2017-2018 session. Click here to see the upcoming calendar. Please feel free to forward to us any trainings, conferences or meetings that you think would be beneficial to our field.
U.S. News & World Report
Government Shutdown Seen as Unlikely Despite Disagreements
The White House and congressional leaders seem headed for a clash ahead of an April 28 deadline to stave off a government shutdown, with budget negotiations on the Hill threatening to derail over the administration's push to crack down on sanctuary cities, cut federal agency spending and increase funding for a border wall.
Child Care Program
The Spring 2017 Quarterly Update for the Child Care Program is currently posted up on our website. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel would be interested. To be added to our update list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Department of Education
The CDE/EESD announces the availability of $22.4 million in the Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund for the California Renovation and Repair Loan Program. The intent of the CRRL Program is to provide loans for the renovation or repair of existing facilities in order to help ensure eligible CDE contractors meet applicable health and safety standards for federal and state licensure compliance.
Click here to read the full report.
High-quality child care is crucial for our children to be safe, healthy, and happy, for parents to work and support their families, and for our country's economic success. The federal government, with strong bipartisan support, has long played an important role in making child care more affordable and available to families. But today, many families are still struggling to afford high-quality care for their children.
Partnering with child care programs or schools to encourage influenza vaccination of all children, staff, and caregivers is beneficial. Encourage child care providers to take the free online PediaLink course "Influenza Prevention and Control — Strategies for Early Education and Childcare 2016-2017." This course was recently updated and is approved for 1.0 contact hour.
As a membership benefit you now also receive a 20 percent discount on Exchange's new Turn-Key Online Learning! Watch comprehensive video-based training and earn CEUs from your home computer.
Is your center looking for good, local employees? Develop your workforce with PACE! Members may post jobs at no charge. We invite you to see how easy it is to post jobs online today! Post a job, now! View resumes of job seekers! Important note: Members need their ID number and password to submit jobs to the Job Bank or to view resumes. If you have forgotten, click here to request your login and password.
ThinkHR is a service offered through Arrow Benefits Group, which provides PACE members HR support for employer issues such as compliance, policy structure, employee performance, and proper discipline or termination procedures. ThinkHR is a complimentary service to PACE members and is administered through Arrow HR, which provides a full suite of Benefits and HR compliance services.
Kaplan Early Learning Company — 15% discount on all order & free shipping on order over $250 — Call PACE for the member code!
Lakeshore Learning Materials- Free Shipping over $250 on all shipments UPS or Truck and a 10% Merchandise Certificate that can be redeemed on a future order. Call PACE for the member code!
Discount School Supply 15% of all products and free shipping of $79 — Call PACE for the member code!
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Click here to view California's local minimum wage.
Department of Finance
California Child Care Programs Local Assistance — All Funds 2016-2017 Budget Act
Department of Education Child Development Programs 2016-2017 Budget Act
Due date: April 30 — Annual reporting form to the OLSE
Due date: April 30 — San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance Annual Compliance Form: Businesses with locations in SF or 20+ employees nationwide have to offer commuter benefits to employees.
Due date: April 30 — San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance Annual Reporting Forms: An employer is covered if it is a for profit business with 20+ employees. Or if it is a non-profit business with 50+ employees. The employer has to work in SF in both conditions.
Due date: May 7 — Last day to file Business Property Statement (Form 571-L): without Penalty: details the acquisition cost of all supplies, equipment, fixtures, and improvements owned at each location within the City and County of SF.
Due date: May 31 — Annual Business Registration Renewal fees due to the SF office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
Due date: July 1 — Updated waste water capacity charge rates: announced by the SF Public Utilities Commission
Due date: July 1 — First day of SF Business Registration fiscal year period
Due date: July 1 — OSHA: Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A. Businesses with 20-249 employees AND in a high-risk industry must electronically submit 2016 information from Form 300A-Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Due date: July 1 — Form 550: due for calendar year defined contribution and benefit plans
Due date: July 1 — Form 5500: due for non-calendar year plans
Due date: Aug. 31 — SF Last Day to pay business personal property taxes before penalties are added
Due date: Sept. 30 — EE01: Employer will be required to report compensation data as well as the hours. Additionally, now private employers with 100 or more employees will be required to report employees’ W-2 compensation information and hours worked.
Due date: Sept. 30 — VETS-100: Covered categories include: special disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans.
Due date: Sept. 30 — VETS-100A: Covered categories include: disabled veterans, other protected veterans, recently separated veterans, and Armed Forces Service Medal veterans.
District Administration Magazine
When beginning kindergarten, Latino students are three months behind in math literacy when compared to their white peers, says a 2017 study conducted by Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization that works to improve the lives children and families. The study, "Making Math Count More for Young Latino Children," cites poverty in Latino households as a cause, and says these young students will fall farther behind if the problem isn't addressed in the classroom.
In 2013, then-U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that high-quality preschool produced a return of $7 for every $1 invested. Two years later, researchers studying the Tennessee prekindergarten program found that the effects of that program appeared to fade by 3rd grade. Which assessment should policymakers follow? Is early-education the key to future success, or has its effectiveness been overblown?
Seat-belt use in the United States rose from 14 percent in 1985 to 84 percent in 2011 thanks, in large part, to a massive ad campaign promoting the practice. Even now, with "buckle up" warnings far less prominent, seat-belt use continues to rise. Ronald Ferguson wants to see a similar trend with the use of five evidence-based parenting principles dubbed the Boston Basics: maximize love, manage stress; talk, sing, and point; count, group and compare; explore through movement and play; and read and discuss stories.
University of Washington via Science Daily
A favorite childhood pastime — swinging on the playground swing set — also may be teaching kids how to get along. The measured, synchronous movement of children on the swings can encourage preschoolers to cooperate on subsequent activities, University of Washington researchers have found. A study by the UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences shows the potential of synchronized movement in helping young children develop collaborative skills. The study is published online in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
Educators should be using more sophisticated growth or value-added measurements when assessing a school's quality, rather than simply checking off whether students have reached proficiency, according to a growing number of educational experts. The proficiency versus growth debate often veers into the technical, and is sufficiently confusing to have tripped up Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing. But understanding the tradeoffs between the approaches to gauging student achievement is important for designing school rating systems that are fair and useful for parents, educators and policymakers.
University of Royal Holloway London via Science Daily
New research has shown that learning to read by sounding out words (a teaching method known as phonics) has a dramatic impact on the accuracy of reading aloud and comprehension. There has been intense debate concerning how children should be taught to read. Researchers tested whether learning to read by sounding out words is more effective than focusing on whole-word meanings.
Posing significant challenges for educators, about 1 in 8 students in California schools has at least one parent who is undocumented, according to a new brief from the Education Trust-West. Undocumented children as well as U.S. citizen children with undocumented relatives have experienced heightened anxieties for several years as a result of deportation policies begun under President George W. Bush and tightened ones under President Barack Obama. But according to school officials, those anxieties have reached new heights since Donald Trump's inauguration, with possible consequences on their ability to focus on school work, the willingness of parents to attend school events, or even to bring their children to school.
Scientific research has established that if all children are to achieve their developmental potential, it is important to lay the foundation during the earliest years for lifelong health, learning, and positive behavior. A central question is how well our public pre-kindergarten programs are doing to build this foundation. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia, through 57 pre-K programs, have introduced substantial innovations in their early education systems by developing the infrastructure, program sites, and workforce required to accommodate pre-K education. These programs now serve nearly 30 percent of the nation's 4-year-olds and 5 percent of 3-year-olds.
May 3 at 2 p.m. ET — Professionalizing Early Childhood Education — Distinguishing and Engaging the Field in the Next Era
May 11 at 2 p.m. ET — Building Enduring Consulting Relationships That Deliver Results
Amanda Schwartz, Ph.D.
Attachment in the Classroom: How Trusting Early Experiences Shape Brain Development
Dr. Jon Baylin
The Children's Movement
To renew CHIP funding before it expires in September 2017, the U.S. Congress must act soon. In California, federal CHIP funding is an extremely important source of Medi-Cal coverage for children and pregnant women. The California Children's Health Coverage Coalition is hosting a webinar on May 4 at 2 p.m. and will be releasing an advocacy playbook for California stakeholders to:
- Learn about the federal/state CHIP partnership, the critical role it plays for children and families, the upcoming funding cliff absent federal action on CHIP, and what is at stake for California; and
- Be empowered to participate in CHIP advocacy strategies, including tips on how to talk to decision-makers about renewal of CHIP funding.
It's Time Again to File Forms 1094-C and 1095-C
Watch On Demand
ThinkHR's senior benefits advisor Bethany Lopusnak returns with insights and guidance into getting ready to complete the 2016 "C Forms" (1094-C and 1095-C) that must be filed in early 2017 by applicable large employers (ALEs) documenting benefits coverage offers extended during 2016. Bethany provides a refresher of the rules, covers the new items, and answers the most common questions employers have about Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.
Your professional development begins here! Each summer SPARK conducts 2 day "Institutes" for each program in beautiful San Diego that are similar to the SPARK Premium Program — yet offer an even richer, in-depth training experience.
We only offer Institutes once a year, and attendance is limited to 40 (on a first registered basis), so make sure to register soon! Registration is now open for the 2017 SPARK Institutes.
The SPARK Institute early registration deadline is April 21.
Select a program below to learn more & register:
We hope see you in San Diego this summer!
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