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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
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PACE Leadership Wine & Cheese Café
Handout from PACE Leadership Wine & Cheese Café topic ASQ facilitated by Julianne McClear, Inclusion Coordinator, Child Care Links.
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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.
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First 5 California Commission approves $190 million for early education quality improvement system
The California Children and Families Commission approved an unprecedented $190 million investment to improve early learning systems in California. Called First 5 IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive), the five-year initiative will promote and support a more comprehensive and coordinated early learning and development system for young children and their families across the state. First 5 IMPACT is intended to promote strong family engagement, develop a strong early learning and care work force, and leverage existing local, state, federal, and First 5 state and county funding.
Hearing about math at the table can improve preschoolers' skills
Mothers who discuss simple arithmetic with their preschoolers at the dinner table can improve their children's grasp of math. That's according to a new study by researchers at Chile's Pontifical Catholic University and at University of Michigan. The study is part of a broader effort to bring the kind of focus on early literacy to mathematics, says co-author Pamela Davis-Kean, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and director of its Center for the Analyses of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood.
Physical fitness in early childhood: What's developmentally appropriate?
No pain, no gain. Target heart rate. Pumping up. These are all expressions we relate to fitness for adults. But do the same terms apply to young children? Why should physical fitness be a concern during the early childhood years? Don't young children get all the activity they need naturally by being children? Certainly, they are active enough to be physically fit!
Summary: The Common Core State Standards in early childhood education
Preschool Matters ... Today
Kirsty Clarke Brown, a contributor for Preschool Matters ... Today, writes: "We hope you have enjoyed our blog forum on Common Core State Standards. There are a lot of people paying attention to this issue. On day one, we outlined some concerns: rigorous standards may lead to reduced play and less rich activity in preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, literacy instruction may become limited to a few texts and drill-and-kill teaching, the standards are complex and extensive, and there is little guidance for teachers to implement them in Kindergarten classrooms..."
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Los Angeles Unified targets the wrong place to cut: preschool
Los Angeles Times
Three years ago, adult education was on the chopping block at Los Angeles Unified. Money was tight and the classes were considered a luxury the district could no longer afford. This time around, the system's smallest students are being asked to sacrifice: To save $16 million, the district has proposed cutting 4,000 preschool slots at 138 elementary schools. In a district with a $7.3-billion budget and high-schoolers who can't read, that seems penny-wise and pound-foolish to me. Educators, economists, social scientists and even politicians agree that a quality early learning program is the best way to prepare low-income children to succeed. It's particularly important in a district like Los Angeles, where one in three students begins school speaking little or no English.
Literacy app improves school readiness in at-risk preschoolers
New York University via Science Daily
Using mobile apps in preschool classrooms may help improve early literacy skills and boost school readiness for low-income children, according to research. "Guided use of an educational app may be a source of motivation and engagement for children in their early years," said the study's author. "The purpose of our study was to examine if a motivating app could accelerate children's learning, which it did."
More time spent in high-quality early childhood programs is especially beneficial for DLLs
Amaya Garcia, a policy analyst in the Education Policy program at New America, writes: "About 6 months after immigrating to the U.S., my parents enrolled me in Head Start. I was three years old and stayed in the program until I enrolled in kindergarten. I have a handful of memories of my time in Head Start: I really liked the oatmeal they served us at breakfast and there was one teacher who was particularly mean. As a young dual language learner, Head Start likely provided me with a boost in my vocabulary development and early numeracy."
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How does clapping improve empathy in young children?
Christina A. Samuels, a contributor for Educaiton Week, writes: "This is the first installation in a new feature we're going to try out on the blog, called Ask a Scientist. Inspired by the popularity of our recent post on what scientists know about babies' brains, we'll have a series of conversations with researchers who are studying the cognitive development of young children. As you will know if you're a regular reader, the advances in our understanding of brain science have huge implications for the education and care of young children. These discoveries are often cited as one justification for broadening public programs for young children."
Hit by recession, family child care homes are coming back
Five years ago, during the recession, Maria Morcera lost her house to foreclosure in Atwater, a city in California's Central Valley. The house wasn't just where Morcera, her husband and their four children lived. It also was licensed by the state as a family care home, where Morcera offered child care to children ranging in age from infancy to 5 years old. "I was embarrassed" to lose the home, she said. "I had a lot of stress. It was really hard." Morcera was one of thousands of child care providers who were forced out of business during the recession. Family homes were big losers, particularly for owners such as Morcera whose mortgage obligations exceeded their income when the families they served lost their jobs and could not afford child care.
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