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Gov. Brown signs 2015-2016 State Budget
State of California
After announcing a budget agreement with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins last week, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a balanced, on-time budget that saves billions of dollars and pays down debt, while directing more resources to schools and low-income Californians.
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The Supreme Court decision is in — ACA subsidies remain
ThinkHR
On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court upheld the availability of tax credits (subsidies) in all 50 states under the Affordable Care Act. The court affirmed in a 6 – 3 vote that the language in the Affordable Care Act allows the government to help people buy insurance (through subsidies or tax credits) anywhere in the country and not only in states that have established their own insurance exchanges, or Marketplaces. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito dissented.
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Courts consider effect of employee classification on coverage
Claims Journal
A person's classification as an employee, temporary worker or independent contractor can often affect various insurance coverages. While the distinction arises frequently in the context of workers' compensation claims and unemployment benefits, it can also impact coverage grants and exclusions in general liability policies. Recently, two courts considered employment classifications to determine if coverage obligations were triggered in commercial general liability policies.
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Employer's poorly drafted FMLA policy allows employee to advance FMLA claim
Franczek Radelet
Jeff Nowak, the co-chair of the labor and employment practice at Franczek Radelet, writes: "If this story won't cause you bring your FMLA policy up to snuff, then I've lost all hope. An employee is eligible for FMLA leave if he meets three basic criteria: He has been employed by a covered employer for 12 months; He has worked 1,250 hours worked during the 12-month period before his requested leave begins; and He works at a location where his employer employs 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius of that location."
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Email in the workplace: The biggest training challenge
Training Magazine
"Email" is the only organization-wide technology that affects every employee. Across departments, roles and titles, it is the great corporate leveler. The recent "FewClix Email Time Suck Survey" conducted by Kelton Global found that the average American spends 90 minutes with email every day! Pew Research finds that 61 percent of professionals view email as the most important workplace tool. Not focusing on the time employees spend with email is the biggest mistake a company can make.
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5 reasons companies should fight to keep older workers instead of pushing them out
The Huffington Post
You know how dogs do that stiff-legged resistance thing when you try to drag them through the door to see the vet? Well, older workers are apparently doing the same when it comes to retirement. They are digging in and not budging, much to the chagrin of companies that would like to be rid of them and their higher salaries. A recent Towers Watson survey of 457 U.S. companies with retirement plans found that 84 percent of them plan to increase their efforts to educate employees on saving and investing over the next two or three years.
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Our nation's leading voice for child care
Child Care Aware® of America
Today we are releasing our annual 2015 State Fact Sheets. To remain competitive in the 21st-century global economy, the United States must recognize the value of child care as an investment in early childhood education and as a support system for working families. Child Care in America: 2015 State Fact Sheets provides important data to better understand America's working families and the circumstances they face. As such, it is a critical tool for child care advocates, policymakers and program administrators to guide decision-making about child care programs and costs. Data was gathered from federal and national sources and from our State CCR&R Networks and other CCR&Rs surveyed in 2015.

There are nearly 11 million children in a child care setting every week, however, many parents struggle to find safe, healthy child care that promotes early learning. This annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies to analyze:
  • Family characteristics related to the need for child care
  • The use of child care
  • The supply of child care
  • The cost of child care
  • The child care workforce
  • Services provided by CCR&Rs
We are hopeful that you will join with us in spreading the word about child care facts in your state.

2015 Child Care in America: 2015 State Fact Sheets page includes:
  • Introduction
  • Fact sheets for all 50 states
  • Social media toolkit that includes: sample social media posts and sharable graphics
Also, you can find more about the fact sheets from my Early Directions blog.

My best,
Dr. Lynette Fraga
Executive Director, Child Care Aware® of America

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Upcoming webinars
Kaplan Early Learning Company
Tuesday, July 21 at 4 p.m. EST (GH Community)
Minds and Hearts Together - Essential Tools for Learning: Nurturing social-emotional learning in the early years
Presented by Ellen Booth Church, Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern University, Educational Consultant and Author

Tuesday, July 7 at 3 p.m. EST (KELC Community)
How We Promote Learning Milestones for Infants and Toddlers
Presented by Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Child and Family Studies, Falk College, Syracuse NY



Digging into Research: Gender Equity in STEM
Afterschool Alliance
June 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT)
About this webinar:
After the enthusiastic response to last summer's webinar on the state of girls, we know that afterschool and other community educators are keenly attuned to the needs of girls they serve. In this webinar, we'll look specifically at gender equity issues in STEM learning and consider how current research on this topic can help inform and shape practice.

Our partner, Relating Research to Practice, has just released a new resource — the Connected Collection! Connected Collections synthesize timely science education topics and come with a bundle of research briefs that provide multiple examples and ongoing challenges for busy education professionals to consider as they seek to improve learning environments for youth.

For this webinar, you'll want to read Gender Identities in STEM Education, along with each of the five one-page research briefs in the collection. Come ready with questions for our guest speakers, which can be about any of the briefs included in the collection, theoretical OR practical questions about gender equity, or just about research in general. This type of webinar is a new format for us, and we envision a rich discussion not only with our guest researchers, but also among attendees!

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See what's fresh on Teachstone Blog
Teachstone
Getting to the Heart of Quality Teaching
"A focus on quality used to mean providing a safe place for children to play with plenty of stimulating materials and books to read. Now that most programs provide these basics in their early childhood classrooms, our focus has shifted from the what to the how of quality."

Policy in Early Childhood: Focus on the "Right Stuff"
"It is not enough that children are enrolled in preschool; the preschools they attend must effectively and directly contribute to gains in their social, behavioral, and cognitive skills. The expansion of QRISs is an opportunity to get quality right for children."

Is Your Program Ready to Improve Teacher-Child Interactions?
"All change has to start somewhere, and you can take positive steps no matter where you’re starting from. Take this (non-scientific) quiz to get thinking about where you are now and what your next steps might be toward improving teacher-child interactions."

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2015 QRIS National Meeting: Higher Ground — Taking Quality To Scale
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University
Utilizing Facilitated Peer Learning Communities as an Effective Strategy to Support QRIS Initiatives
Date: July 16, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: National QRIS Meeting Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

Facilitated peer learning communities (FPLC) within a QRIS may offer an effective approach to promote sustainability as well as continuous quality improvement. This workshop will highlight the design, implementation, and evaluation of 3 FPLC initiatives that can yield positive outcomes. This strategy offers a viable option to take QRIS initiatives to scale with a moderately intensive, low cost approach.

Recalibrating Quality Improvement: Who is in the Driver's Seat?
Date: July 16, 2015
Time: 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: National QRIS Meeting Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

How can our QRIS initiatives move beyond quality for a day and support meaningful, sustainable quality improvements? This session will explore the debate between compliance and innovation. Is there a way to include both in QRIS? We believe there are continuous quality improvement strategies that promote reflective teaching and not just "rule following" to achieve a high score on an assessment. This session will provide a space for open conversation and generate possibilities for innovative practices.

Developing Systems for Assessing Quality: Maintaining Reliability and Integrity
Date: July 17, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: National QRIS Meeting Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745

What considerations are necessary to maintain the reliability and integrity of assessment measures in QRIS? What protocols does research suggest when using quality assessments and why do they matter? What steps can be taken to ensure that validity is maintained? This session will address these questions, providing examples from research and current QRIS and allowing time for participants to share their experiences.

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 Industry News


School districts find ways to support low-income infants and toddlers
EdSource
Although school districts' main responsibility is to serve children in kindergarten through 12th grade, some districts are finding ways to meet the needs of the youngest low-income children who live within their district boundaries — infants and toddlers. There has been a recent shift in districts' thinking about the early years, said Moira Kenney, executive director of the First 5 Association of California, a nonprofit organization that supports state-funded commissions in each county that fund programs for children from birth to age 5.
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Preschoolers prefer to help victims of injustice
PsychCentral
Children as young as three show a strong level of concern for others and an intuitive sense of restorative justice, according to a new study by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany) and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. The findings show that young children prefer to return lost items to their rightful owners, and if for some reason that is not an option, they will typically prevent a third party from taking what does not belong to them.
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Asthma management in child care
Earlychildhood News
Asthma is a remarkably common and chronic breathing disorder that affects at least one out of every 10 children. According to the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, the disease affects 14.6 million Americans. Of that number, 4.8 million are under the age of 18. Asthma can also be fatal. Each year, more than 5,400 people die from asthma in the United States. Children with asthma suffer from attacks of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Many asthma attacks occur in children with respiratory infections, including infections triggered by common cold viruses.
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The State of Preschool 2015: Please join the conversation
Preschool Matters ... Today
This year at the CEELO Roundtable in New Orleans, Steve Barnett talked about the findings reported in The State of Preschool 2014. He noted that we might be considered to be "on the sunny side of the street," at the moment: quality is up in some states, Mississippi has a program, more children are enrolled. However: many states don't have enough money to provide preschool at high standards, and the highest percentage of children are enrolled in states with lowest quality.
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When a preschool is located in a nursing home, magic happens
The Huffington Post
A five-minute trailer is introducing the world to a unique program in West Seattle that brings together kids from a preschool with older residents from a care center in the same building. The 400 people who live at Providence Mount St. Vincent interact with the children from the Intergenerational Learning Center through daily music, dancing, art, storytelling, lunch and even just visiting.
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Report: For successful young adulthood, the early years matter
Education Week
In gathering and reviewing a large body of research on which non-academic factors lead to success in early adulthood, researchers from The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research found that early experiences can have a profound effect. As my colleague Evie Blad reported over on her Rules for Engagement blog, the new report identified three key characteristics that lead to success for young adults.
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'Sesame Street' was the original MOOC
Brookings
In the nearly 50 years since its creation, about 80 million American children have watched "Sesame Street." For many Americans, Jim Henson's Muppets are iconic cultural figures that trigger childhood nostalgia. What many Americans might not associate with "Sesame Street", however, are the rigorous standards for research and evaluation that continue to shape the show's educational programming. Because each lesson is crafted with the input of experts in early education, you probably learned more from those Bert and Ernie sing-alongs than you ever realized.
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This preschool turns into a huge puddle playground when it rains
Gizmodo
Kids need to play — it's simply how they learn. More and more, scientists who study early childhood development say that preschools and kindergartens are focusing on academics when they should be letting kids simply play. Not at this preschool in Japan. At Dai-Ichi preschool — located in Kumamoto, at the southern end of Japan — play is the main item on the agenda. The new preschool was designed by HIBINOSEKKEI, a firm that specializes in schools and daycares.
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