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Fitness in preschool — Really?
By: Michele Silence, M.A. via CASE
How often do we hear adults comment on how they can't keep up with the boundless energy of children? Little ones are so active. A picture of perfect health. Surely, they don't need to worry about diseases yet. And, why worry about what they eat now as long as a healthier diet is adopted later in childhood? The sad truth is that many devastating illnesses are now known to have their roots in early childhood. Diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and a myriad of problems stemming from obesity. The habits that lead to each of these are laid down early, during the preschool years. Experts agree, to reverse the above trends, efforts need to be put forth during the formative years. Before children leave Kindergarten, as young as age two.
Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) of 2014: Plain Language Summary of Statutory Changes
Office of Child Care
Requires States to establish health and safety requirements in 10 different topic areas (e.g., prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), first-aid, and. Child care providers serving children receiving assistance through the Child Care and Development Fund program must receive pre-service and ongoing training on such topics.
Requires States to conduct criminal background checks for all child care staff members, including staff members who don't care directly for children but have unsupervised access to children, and specifies disqualifying crimes.
HRI & PACE invites you to attend the California Sick Leave Webinar on two different dates
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. PDT or Thursday July 16, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT
The new sick leave law took effect on Jan. 1, but paid sick leave benefits started as of July 1, 2015. Did you do everything you were supposed to do? Do you and your managers understand the new law? This law applies to virtually every employer with as few as one employee. All employers regardless of size must comply with this law.
Join us for a recap and the changes to the Sick Leave Law (Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 (AB 1522) already announced by the State. We will be covering:
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- Legal requirement as of today
- Proposed changes to the law
- When and How to Comply
- Full time, part time, casual and temporary employees
- How does it impact Paid Time Off
- Is sick leave a new protected class?
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The EESD has posted the following Management Bulletin to the CDE website
California Department of Education
Management Bulletin 15-03
Subject: Information about the Implementation of the Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015) (DRDP ) for providers of early education services funded by the EESD and the Special Education Division.
Attention: Executive Directors and Program Directors of all Early Care and Education Programs including center-based programs serving infants and toddlers, California State Preschool Programs, Family Child Care Home Education Networks, and Migrant Center Programs, and SED-funded Early Education programs.
Management Bulletin 15-03 provides guidance on the implementation of the DRDP (2015) assessment to the CDE, EESD programs and SED programs serving children from early infancy to kindergarten entry.
For a listing of all EESD Management Bulletins, please visit the following CDE website.
New paid sick leave law
California Chamber of Commerce
California's new mandatory sick leave policy goes into effect for all employers and all employees in California. In the latest CalChamber Capitol News Report, President and CEO Allan Zaremberg calls attention to the most important aspects of the new mandate and what employers need to know to be in compliance.
All California workers now eligible for sick pay
Capital Public Radio
Starting July 1, 2015, about 6.5 million Californians become eligible for paid sick leave. Amy McMullen runs Karma Collars in Sacramento. She and four part-time employees design elaborate dog collars. The margins are tight, so McMullen hasn't offered paid sick leave in the past, but she's happy the law is pushing her to do it now.
New federal overtime rules proposed
California Chamber of Commerce
The Department of Labor announced the highly anticipated proposed federal overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standard Act more than a year after President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to begin creating new federal overtime rules. The DOL proposes to update the salary level for overtime exemptions and seeks to automatically update the salary level to keep it from becoming outdated. The previous rule was updated in 2004.
Obama's new overtime rules: How they'd work and who they'd affect
Los Angeles Times
President Barack Obama announced a long-anticipated change in labor rules, which would extend overtime benefits to an estimated 5 million people nationwide. Here's how federal overtime regulations work now and how they would change under the proposed rules. The proposed changes would more than double the salary threshold for overtime eligibility to $970 a week in 2016. That means employees earning a yearly salary of $50,440 or less automatically would be eligible for overtime pay.
Beaches closed over lightning risk are reopened
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County beaches have reopened after officials briefly closed them due to lightning storms striking off the coast of Southern California. Rain, thunder and lightning were reported along beaches from San Diego north to Los Angeles. As of 5 p.m., the storm was producing 40- to 50-mph wind gusts, the National Weather Service said.
US trade representative sees Pacific trade pact before Congress by year-end
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said he hopes to wrap up a trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations soon and send it to the U.S. Congress for approval before the end of the year. Lawmakers last week granted the White House authority to close the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals and speed them through Congress, opening the door to a phase of intense negotiations to finalize the pact.
Justices take up dispute over union fees
The Associated Press via The Union Democrat
The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will hear an appeal from a group of California teachers who say it violates their First Amendment rights to have to pay any fees if they disagree with a union's positions and don't want to join it.
High court case hits union dues
The Sacramento Bee
California figured prominently, albeit indirectly, in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent high-profile decisions on Obamacare, same-sex marriages and congressional redistricting. Justice Antonin Scalia even scornfully singled out California in his dissent on the marriage case. Scalia and his colleagues are not, however, done with California. As the court recessed, it accepted a landmark challenge to the California Teachers Association's state-sanctioned collection of mandatory dues from teachers, a case whose outcome could seriously affect the state's balance of political power.
Vaccines: California has 39% of US whooping cough cases
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Governor Brown signed SB 277 into law, eliminating the personal belief exemption from mandatory school vaccinations. This year, 13,592 kindergartners in California were not vaccinated due to personal belief exemptions. Next year, that number will drop to zero.
And new research released last week shows that the state is home to 39% of the nation's whooping cough cases, a vaccine-preventable disease, according to data available on kidsdata.org. This is a vastly disproportionate share considering California's population represents only 12 percent of the total U.S. population.
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening complications. The risk is highest for infants and young children. The number of pertussis cases in the U.S. has risen over the last decade. Some say the surge can be attributed to improved diagnostic techniques, lower vaccination rates, or possibly, a less effective vaccine that was introduced in 1991.
Across the state, vaccination rates vary widely. For example, the proportion of kindergarten students in 2015 who received all state-required immunizations ranges from 100 percent (Sierra County) to 72 percent (Nevada County). Across school districts, vaccination coverage varies as widely as it does between developed and developing regions around the world.
Researchers have identified the need for more effective vaccines to ward off future pertussis outbreaks. In the meantime, they stress that vaccination is essential for people of all ages.
For more information, join us for Vaccination and Vaccine-Preventable Childhood Diseases: Data and Trends, a webinar on July 8 that will explore global, national, and California trends in vaccination and vaccine-preventable childhood disease.
Preschool suspension and expulsion: Root causes and solutions
Preschool children are expelled from early-childhood programs at higher rates than children in elementary and secondary school, with black children and boys bearing the brunt of that particular form of discipline. Earlier this month, early-childhood educators and experts gathered in Washington to discuss how children are removed from or "counseled out" of preschool, and clips from the discussion were recently posted on YouTube. The panel was sponsored by the advocacy organizations Zero to Three and the National Black Child Development Institute, in partnership with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut.
Report: Low-income communities lack child care in Los Angeles County
Families encounter a big disparity in access to licensed child care spaces depending on where they live in Los Angeles County, with the largest shortage in low-income communities, a new study shows. A report from the Advancement Project found that there are spots for just 2.4 percent of infants and toddlers and about 41.3 percent of preschool-aged children in licensed centers in Los Angeles County, California's most populous county. The number of spaces varied widely by community, but the shortage was greater among areas with low-income, Latino and African-American families.
USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares
The Associated Press via ABC News
As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity. About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses day-care providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches.
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Transportation issues: What are your responsibilities?
Accountability for child care centers is at an all-time high. Lawsuits threaten to close many doors. Headlining the news this past year are stories of babies, toddlers and young children being left on child care vans for hours, sometimes all day. Some survived. Others, did not. How can you insure a tragic situation doesn't happen to your center? And what about the responsibility of drivers you hire for center vans that pickup and return children back home? Or for field trips? What about children with disabilities? And how can you guide parents to trust people responsible for their child's care?
What stealing cookies teaches us about young children and empathy
Toddlers can throw their fair share of tantrums, especially when you don't yield to their will. But by age 3, it turns out, the little rug rats actually have a burgeoning sense of fairness and are inclined to right a wrong. When they see someone being mistreated, children as young as 3 years old will intervene on behalf of others nearly as often as for themselves, a study published this month in Current Biology suggests. Just don't ask them to punish the perpetrator.
Benefit and harm of vision screening in preschool-aged children still unclear
It remains unclear whether a special ophthalmological examination of all children younger than 6 years (and potential follow-up treatments) would reduce the frequency and severity of visual impairment (amblyopia) in the population. An update search conducted for a benefit assessment of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care from 2008 identified no new screening study.
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Applying FLIP to professional development
Scholastic Administration Magazine
Flipped learning has become all the buzz in progressive education circles. As it has become more popular, some educators have gone beyond the basics to create dynamic classrooms, while others are confused about what exactly flipped learning is and how to implement it correctly. For flipped learning to be effective, it must have a solid foundation. It's common to talk about the four pillars of flipped learning, concepts created to establish a universal language and reflect the best practices of effective flipped classrooms. Below, we examine these pillars and describe how to best use these methods with your staff.
Making classrooms more playful and fun
Josh Burker, a contributor for MiddleWeb, writes: "As an educator, I have thought at length about the role that play and fun serve in the modern classroom. By 'classroom' I mean any space where learning happens. The classroom might be in a school with a small or large group of students, a maker space, a library, a community center, a kitchen table or in a workshop you facilitate."
How to prepare a child for preschool
Suburban Life Publications
Starting preschool can be a difficult adjustment for a 3 or 4-year-old child. There are things that parents can do ahead of time to ease the transition, and to help ensure a wonderful experience for their child as they enter their first classroom setting. Debbie Meier, preschool teacher for St. Mary of Gostyn, has some tips that parents can follow to help their child avoid feeling overwhelmed, and to enjoy the social and learning opportunities that preschool has to offer. "My job is to teach my students letters, numbers, shapes and sounds," said Debbie.
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