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The value of your PACE membership
PACE membership includes:
Membership applications — Join today and we'll waive the application fee!
- Low annual dues includes unlimited memberships for your employees — Membership pays for itself with the savings and benefits you and your staff receives. You may be able to deduct up to 80% of your dues as a business expense on your taxes.
- Insurance discounts and benefits — Receive discounts, savings and additional benefits on workers comp & the exclusive PACE Safety program, liability insurance and affordable health insurance (group & individual plans)
- Human resources — Access to HR Specialists and trainings that can help you with employee-related issues and pertinent California laws to avoid costly Worker's Compensation claims as well as OSHA compliance, injury and illness prevention programs and other risk management issues.
- Legal advice — Access to PACE's Attorney with 15 minutes of free legal advice and 25% discounted legal counsel to members.
- Licensing updates and training — PACE keeps you informed of upcoming licensing changes and how it will affect your programs with trainings and updates. Discounted licensing tune-up kit to members.
- Software and labor management — Receive 10% discount off our OnCare office monthly subscription.
- Learning materials — Kaplan 15% & free shipping over $250, Lakeshore Learning 10% rebate on learning materials, Discount School Supply 15% of all products and free shipping of $79 or more
- Marketing discounts — Free marketing to parents with KidAdmit, 35% discount with Child Care Smiles, a cost effective way to increase your enrollment via the web. Discounts on websites for your centers coming soon!
- Professional development and peer relationship — Access to discounted regional events, leadership training, annual education conference for you and your staff. Peer-to-peer learning, networking and volunteer opportunities for you and your staff.
- Publications and information — The PACE Spotlight — PACE's weekly e-newsletter with feature articles on a wide variety of early care and education, small business management, industry topics and news. Updates to members only regarding legislation, legal and licensing. Free subscription to Exchange Magazine with 25% discounts on exchange resources and products.
- Public policy/ advocacy/ national representation — Together we are able to influence child care and early education policy in Sacramento! National representation by the Early Care & Education Consortium, the nation's leading voice for Multi-Site, Community Early Care and Education Providers, State Child Care Associations, and Educational Services Organizations committed to delivering high-quality programs and services.
Welcome to the Child Care Professionals Training Section
The Child Care Professionals Training Module for Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training- California is a two hour training that includes 3 sections. Each section will include practice test questions or vignettes.
At the conclusion of the training you will take a final exam which will test the information that you have learned during the training. Upon scoring an 80% or higher you will be able to fill out and print your Certificate of Completion.
Click here to access the training website.
Gov. Brown released a revised state budget
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released a revised state budget that prudently pays down debt and saves billions of dollars, while carefully directing funding where it's needed most — to improve schools, help low-income Californians, prevent tuition increases and respond to drought and climate change.
Mitchell realeases statement on governor's May revise
California State Senate
Today, Gov. Jerry Brown will release his 2015-2016 revised spending proposal. State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, released the following statement: "Revenue is surging. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office has estimated that revenue for the full year could exceed estimates by more than $4 billion. The budget is not simply a math problem. Our hands are not tied. The Legislature has options to use a significant portion of the funds to meet human needs."
California Child Care Programs
Local Assistance — All Funds
2015-216 May Revision
($ in thousands)
Department of Education Child Development Programs
2015-2016 May Revision ($ in millions)
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.
(A $10.00 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders)
- Member Rate — $50.00 (PACE members save $15.00)
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Kaplan's Quality Assist
Kaplan's Quality Assist PD courses that are in depth, high quality and interactive and designed so that users can access whenever and wherever they have internet access. They can leave and pick up where they left off at any time.
Best of all, this service is California First 5 approved to support CARES Plus!
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Show your support of the of the Legislative Women's Caucas Request for 600 Million
The Senate and the Assembly will take up the May Revise budget in committee hearings (vote only- limited testimony) next week.
Please email the following message to the designated members of the Assembly & Senate budget committees (as noted below).
It is critically important that we make one more push for child care funding with the Legislative budget committees.
"We support the Legislative Women's Caucus request for $600 million more for child care. Child Care is a part of the education continuum and needs to be put back into Proposition 98."
Before Thursday, May 21: Email the following Assembly members:
Assembly budget subcommittee on Education
*note email addresses are: assemblymember.(last name)@assembly.ca.gov
Before Friday, May 22: Email the following Senators
Welcome to the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. *note email addresses are: senator.(last name)@senate.ca.gov
Senator Mark Leno (Chair)
Senator Jim Nielsen (Vice Chair)
Senator Benjamin Allen
Senator Joel Anderson
Senator Jim Beall
Senator Marty Block
Senator Loni Hancock
Senator Holly J. Mitchell
Senator Bill Monning
Senator John M. W. Moorlach
Senator Janet Nguyen
Senator Richard Pan
Senator Fran Pavley
Senator Richard D. Roth
Senator Jeff Stone
Senator Lois Wolk
Report: Growth in state-run preschool programs moving at snail's pace
The Washington Post
A new report on state-funded pre-kindergarten programs says that funding, enrollment and quality was up somewhat in 2014 but that the pace of progress was way too slow and that wide disparities exist in states across the country. Just how slow is slow? If the 2013-2014 growth in enrollment continues, it would take 150 years to reach 70 percent enrollment. Quality early childhood education — recognized as a key element in preparing children for school — has become a priority of the Obama administration, which last year announced a $1 billion public-private spending initiative.
Preschool by state: Who's spending and what's it buying?
Are you a glass half-full kind of person? Or glass half-empty? Depending on your answer, you'll find the new report on state-funded preschool programs from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University either delightfully encouraging or downright depressing. For example, glass half-full: Pre-K enrollment is up!
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Group size — A key indicator of quality
If you had to describe the quality of child care programs, what would you say? Most of us associate quality with a "certain something" that is special, usually expensive, and difficult to first find and then keep. In the child care field, researchers have tried to be more specific by setting aside the term "quality" and looking at the variables that appear to be program quality indicators.
The number of kids in state-funded preschool is increasing, but barely
The Huffington Post
The number of children enrolled in state-funded preschool programs increased modestly during the 2013-2014 school year, even as states still struggle to return to pre-recession levels of funding, says a new report. The National Institute for Early Education Research report, which analyzes the preschool landscape in all 50 states, reveals that preschool enrollment is growing — but it is doing so at a tortoise's pace. Furthermore, there are still many places around the country with deep pockets of inequality, where kids are severely underserved.
Why quality childcare is important for low-income children
High-quality childcare can help close developmental gaps in children from low socio-economic backgrounds, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. University of Adelaide Public Health PhD student Angela Gialamas measured the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children who attended childcare from 2-3 years of age. She found that by ages 4-5 there was little difference in the developmental outcomes of children from lower-income families, compared to those from higher-income families.
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2014 Preschool Yearbook: Slow and steady is not good enough
The National Institute for Early Education Research released its highly anticipated annual State of Preschool Yearbook. The findings show a slight increase in spending by both Republican and Democratic governors. Additionally, NIEER reports measured growth in state pre-K enrollment and an increase in quality standards across state programs. In response to the slow growth in enrollment over the course of the year, the report highlights the urgent need to increase access to quality pre-K at a faster rate, emphasizing, "At the 2013-2014 growth rate it would take 75 years for states to reach 50 percent enrollment at age four and 150 years to reach 70 percent enrollment."
New kindergarten readiness program allows automated progression for preschoolers
A new kindergarten readiness software program allows children to automatically progress toward more advanced skills while following a story and playing games. Hatch Early Learning's new Shell Squad Adventures teaches 18 core early literacy and math skills as it determines each child's individual learning level in real time. The software program is available on the company's own Hatch Tablets, its All-in-One computers and iPads. It is delivered on the company's iStartSmart Elite Learning Solution, which includes a report management system that allows administrators to monitor performance in all classrooms in a school or all the schools in a district.
California ranks low on preschool quality standards
California state-funded preschools meet only four of the 10 quality preschool standards developed by the National Institute for Early Education Research, according to a report. California was one of five states that met fewer than half of the standards developed by the national institute, based at Rutgers University's School of Graduate Education. The annual report, The State of Preschool 2014, focuses on preschool funding, enrollment and quality for 40 states and the District of Columbia. Ten states do not fund preschool and were not included in the report.
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