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Federal collaborations: Bringing authentic STEM experiences to high-need communities through the nation's largest out-of-school program
Ellen Lettvin, of the U.S. Department of Education, highlights three federal interagency collaborations that bring the STEM fields into out-of-school time learning by connecting STEM professionals with students in high-need, low-performing schools.
And to close out the series, we also bring you the Family Involvement News — featuring recent reports, articles, resources, and events in the family engagement and afterschool fields.
But wait — there's more! Don't forget to join us for a text-based chat on Engaging Families and Youth in Afterschool and Summer Learning on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 1-2 p.m. (EDT). Join us as we talk with some of our authors about the ideas in this FINE series. Set your reminder today!
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9 time management tips to help you get the most out of your day
Real Simple Home & Lifestyle Network
Tackling a to-do list can seem impossible, almost as impossible as achieving the ever elusive "work-life balance." When Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It, studied hourly time logs from successful women — criteria being they have to have at least one child under 18 and earn a six-figure salary — she saw a few surprising patterns. Here, Vanderkam shares advice gleaned from watching how these working women divvied up their 168-hour weeks, and how you can too.
4 things candidates look for on a job application page
Candidates often find themselves in the twilight zone when viewing job application pages during the search for new employment. They vigorously churn through numerous job descriptions and applications, often to find themselves questioning if any of the jobs were a good fit for them to begin with.
How to install an accountability culture
We have a proven process for putting accountability front and center. The process is straightforward, but don't mistake that for easy. It isn't. Installing a culture requires focus, time and commitment, and if you're not prepared to invest these things in the process, don't even start.
Cool off this summer at our next water cooler meeting on June 24
Join us at our next ECE Water Cooler Meeting! The meeting will take place Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at First 5 LA located at 750 N Alameda, Suite 300 Los Angeles. Click here to see an agenda and RSVP. Contact Devon Miner at email@example.com for any questions.
Training to new administrators on the desired results
Center for Child and Family Studies
The California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division will offer training to new administrators on the desired results. This training will be conducted by WestEd's Desired Results Training and Technical Assistance Project. The hybrid-training model includes one-day, in-person training in October and one-day, in-person training in April and an additional three online training sessions throughout the year. The in-person training sessions will consist of an eight-hour day offered in two separate locations.
Experienced administrators will be offered a two-hour Webinar in September explaining changes to the DRDP and a two-hour Webinar in May on changes to the Program Self-Evaluation.
These trainings are free!! There is no charge for registration or any of the sessions. Please complete the online registration no later than Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.
For additional training information and registration directions, please click on the link below or contact us at 800.770.6339.
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California budget panel approves $392 million in early-education funding
As lawmakers close in on a final budget package in California, legislators on the Budget Conference Committee agreed to a budget compromise that includes $392 million in additional spending on early-care and education programs.In order for it to become law, Gov. Jerry Brown would still need to sign the an overall budget package, including this proposal, into law. The proposal is in keeping with the direction the state set on early education last year and would mean 5,000 new full-day state preschool spots and 10,000 new half-day state preschool spots.
Child care facilities offer water to kids more often with new beverage policy
Medical News Today
Researchers report change in access to water after a federal and state child care beverage policy was instituted in 2011 and 2012 in California. Kids who choose water over sweetened beverages lower their obesity risk — and federal and state beverage policies for child-care facilities have made it more likely that children will drink more water, a University of California study finds. The policies were enacted in 2011 and 2012. Surveys of child care providers in 2008 and 2012 showed that a larger percentage of sites in 2012 than in 2008 always served water at the table with meals or snacks.
Some California preschools serve young English learners well, but it's tough
The 3- and 4-year-olds in Amapola Beenn's class in East Oakland looked out the window this spring and saw butterflies. They were curious. So Beenn went shopping, bought some monarch eggs and hatched them at school. "We wanted to create the whole experience in the classroom," she said. For her students, Beenn said, it’s important to have this visual, hands-on and, most importantly, bilingual experience, because her preschool, De Colores, is located in the part of Oakland with the highest concentration of English learners.
Adjoining counties devise different strategies to expand preschool
At Willow Creek State Preschool in Santa Rosa, site supervisor Paula Schaefer and one of her teachers organized piles of books, supplies and other classroom items as a construction crew worked nearby. The city-owned building that houses the preschool needs a new roof and other renovations to accommodate the 48 preschoolers who will attend morning and afternoon sessions when school resumes in August. Repairs are underway, thanks to a one-time building fund that Sonoma County established this year to fix up aging preschool buildings.
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Preschoolers and praise: Messages that can help kids grow
A three-year-old dressed in a superhero cape collapses in a corner and yells, "I can't put on my shoes! I can't!" A 4-year-old proudly sets the table "all by myself," only to fall apart when a glass of water tips over. Preschool children are in the early stages of developing their self concept — their mental picture of who they are, what they can do, and who they are capable of becoming. During this pivotal time, the language parents and educators use with preschoolers — particularly when they face challenges or struggle to learn new skills — can help them shape a healthy mental model of how people learn and grow.
Look, think, discover: Adding the wonder of science to the early childhood classroom
Exploring science is an exciting and wondrous part of early childhood. Innately curious, young children seek to investigate and discover "how their world works." They question; they look; they listen; they talk about their findings. They investigate the passage of light through various materials; how insects crawl on the ground; and what sinks, what floats and why!
Increase access to quality preschool
The foundation of a thriving middle class relies on a great education for every child, beginning in the early years. Across the country, there's a growing understanding that, if our nation’s children are to fulfill their potential, we must expand educational opportunity, starting with our youngest learners. Unfortunately, millions of children in our nation — especially the most vulnerable — are cut off from quality preschool. The United States ranks 31 out of 39 among countries within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development for preschool enrollment for 4-year-olds.
Importance of learning during the summer 'off' months
Summer is an amazing time for growth and maturity in all children, but especially in preschoolers, as many of them will transition to a new school in the fall. I like to ask parents what their goals are for their children over the summer, so that they can actively practice specific skills during the warm weather month. Are the goals academic, social, emotional, behavioral or physical — or a bit of each? Preschoolers can be a part of goal-setting and identifying a motivating reward system. It is recommended that preschool-aged children work on 1-2 goals over the summer, while school-aged children should aim for three.
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