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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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The Preschool for All Act of 2015
Early Edge California
Recently, the Assembly Appropriations Committee moved AB 47, the Preschool for All Act of 2015, off of the suspense file and the bill is now headed to the Assembly floor for a full vote. AB 47 would ensure progress in meeting the commitment made last year by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to provide quality preschool to all low-income 4 year olds. Click here to read the press statement from Early Edge California.
Increased investments in early learning
The California State Senate and Assembly Budget Committees both approved comprehensive budget packages calling for increased investments in early learning. Read the press statement from Early Edge California.
The Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee proposal invests $332 million from the State Budget General Fund to:
The Assembly Budget Committee proposal invests $605 million ($452.4 General Fund and $153.3 Prop. 98) to:
- Add 13,200 Alternative Payment voucher slots
- Add 4,300 General Child Care slots
- Increase the Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR) by 4.4%
- Remove the deficit factor from the Regional Market Rate (RMR) based on 2009 survey
- Proposes to move all of child care back into the Proposition 98 funding guarantee
- Adopts the Governor's May Revision proposals related to Special Education ECE
- Add 10,500 full day preschool slots with wrap-around care starting March 1, 2016
- Add 10,000 Alternative Payment vouchered child care slots starting January 1, 2016
- Increase the Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR) by 20%
- Increase the Regional Market Rate (RMR) by setting rates at 85th percentile of 2015 Survey with a 10% deficit factor
- Increase the current eligibility requirement to 100% of the State Median Income
- Invest $80 million in quality investments including:
- $30 million to establish an Early Childhood Education Professional Development Consortia within community college
- $25 million to invest in local professional development for early care and education providers
- $25 million to extend QRIS block grant to infant and toddler providers
- Adopt the Governor's May Revision proposals related to Special Education ECE
Kaplan's Quality Assist
Kaplan Webinar "Quality Assist" online professional development courses. If you are interested in attending this free webinar on June 3 at 10:00 a.m. email Bryan Hanna BHanna@kaplanco.com to get you registered and provide the link and phone number.
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Classroom design and how it influences behavior
Early childhood classrooms serve as the physical environment for adults and young children for most of their waking hours. Although it is important for classrooms to be attractive to the eye, it is equally, if not more important, that they function effectively. Your child care environment influences how you feel about yourself and your job, and how you as an early childhood professional relate to the children in your care. The children in your care experience the environment indirectly through interactions with you and directly through their own experience with the physical setting.
Checking boxes leads to opening doors
Preschool Matters ... Today (commentary)
Jim Squires, a contributor for Preschool Matters ... Today, writes: "I recall sitting at my desk in 2002 as the Early Childhood Programs Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Education, when I first received a survey from a relatively new organization called the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). The survey included multiple questions asking about Vermont's Early Education Initiative (EEI), a state-funded pre-K program for at-risk children. As much as survey requests would make me groan, I dutifully completed and returned the survey without a second thought. 'Perhaps this one might actually amount to something,' was always in the back of my mind."
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Programs aim to boost preschool educations for low-income children
Los Angeles Times
In the isolated desert town of Lake Los Angeles, Maria Olegine visits one home after another, bringing life-changing information to mothers and their young children. In one home last month, she greeted 11-month-old Angie Rios with wide smiles and high fives. "Helloooo Angie! Cinco, five!" She gave Angie a fabric house, a toy horse and bright stackable plastic donuts, keeping up a running patter of vocabulary and complete sentences. "This is a little house. Tengo un caballo. I have a little horsey!"
Good speech leads to stronger reading and writing skills, says speech-language therapist
Reading and writing skills, or literacy skills, begin to develop before a child can even read or write. Emergent literacy skills develop from birth to preschool age, around 3 years old. "During the preschool period, children see and interact with a variety of print at home, in the community and at daycare or school," says Kaitlin Vogtner Trainor, Speech language-pathologist at Loyola University Health System.
Coalition seeks to transform early education in California
The Associated Press via Redding Record Searchlight
A coalition of political leaders, business executives and academics announced that they will team up to build a roadmap for improving early education in California. The Right Start Commission, which includes former U.S. Rep. George Miller and Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson, will work with public and private sector partners to provide the state with "holistic, first-class development" for children from birth to age 5, Miller said. Early education is widely considered pivotal for preparing children for success in school and helping reduce long-standing achievement gaps.
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Los Angeles Unified's ill-advised axing of successful preschool program
Los Angeles Times
Despite the fact that good preschool programs are few in California (especially in neighborhoods with lower-income families) and that our president has called for additional money to be spent on preschool education, L.A. Unified can't find the dollars to continue this program that has guided parents and children for more than 30 years. The district has been chipping away at this program for years; now it proposes to dismantle it altogether.
Preschoolers more likely to sit around than run around at school
The New York Times
Parents feel as if their young children are constantly in motion. But new research suggests that children in preschool have few opportunities for active play and are often sedentary. To learn more about how preschoolers spend their day, University of Washington researchers monitored the activities of 98 children attending 10 preschools in Seattle. The scientists spent an average of seven hours a day for at least four days at each school.
How much are you paying for child care? Maybe not as much as you think
For many early-childhood advocates — and parents of young children — it's an unquestioned assumption that child-care costs are spiraling out of control. To bolster that view, many cite a Census Bureau survey of parents and child-care arrangements, the results of which are gathered into a periodic report issued by the Bureau called Who's Minding the Kids? The most recent report was released in April 2013, and found that families were paying an average of $143 per week for child care in 2011, compared to $84 a week in 1985 (adjusted for inflation to match 2011 dollars.) That's an eye-popping increase of about 70 percent over that time period.
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