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HRIDEAS & PACE invites you to attend a free California Sick Leave Webinar:
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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?
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at email@example.com or 925.556.4404
PACE expands health insurance network with Arrow Benefits Group
PACE has partnered with Arrow Benefits Group to provide the healthcare needs of preschool centers throughout the state of California. Through their vast network of California brokers, Arrow Benefits is offering customized programs and services specifically designed for PACE members and their employees. For example, Premier Access offers a custom dental program developed through Arrow Benefits that provides more choices, lower rates, and flexible participation.
Other services provided through Arrow Benefits include:
Through an added partnership with Covered California (SHOP) and Limelight Health, Arrow Benefits is also providing guidance on healthcare subsidies, which can reimburse employer groups up to 50% of their healthcare premium for up to two years.
- Compliance Services to satisfy Department of Labor and IRS reporting requirements
- HR Education, including a handbook workshop for the upcoming PACE Conference
- Online Enrollment Programs
- Healthcare Newsletter for teachers and parents
- HR Helpline for employer assistance
- Individual Coverage for medical and dental
For any questions, or to get enrolled into this program, please feel free to contact a familiar PACE partner and member: Nic Gutierrez — Arrow Benefits Group (888) 636-7655.
The Impact of Minimum Wage Regulations on the Early Care and Education Industry in California
By: Jeremy Welsh-Loveman
In California there currently exists a dangerous disconnect between state education policy and local labor policy. California should address this problem before it endangers the development of vulnerable young children.
Several localities in California have recently increased their minimum wages with the most dramatic being Oakland's 36% increase this past March to $12.25. While centers throughout the state will be affected by minimum wage increase, Oakland's experience will serve as an important test case due to the rapidity of its increase. This minimum wage increase threatens state subsidized early care and education provision in California, especially ECE centers funded by the California Department of Education and regulated through Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Title 5 centers provide valuable support to needy, low-income families. ECE is an important public service as it has been shown to increase female labor force participation and improve child development. Title 5 ECE centers provide children with intellectual stimulation they cannot find in other environments. Research shows that children enrolled in ECE centers with more highly trained staff and fewer staff per child are more prepared for school and demonstrate better socio-emotional behavior. High quality ECE provision is labor intensive and Title 5 centers must meet strict staff to child ratios, meaning that labor costs are a substantial and inflexible portion of all costs. Title 5 centers are vulnerable because they currently pay low wages and they rely on the CDE for almost all of their funding. The average wage for ECE assistant teachers in Alameda County is approximately $11 and ECE centers in Oakland will see assistant teacher salaries increase almost 20% or $4,200 per year. Assistant teacher salaries make up a substantial portion of ECE center costs, 40%, with full teachers' salaries accounting for a further 20%. Higher wages will bring important benefits to ECE centers, such as higher quality staff and reduced turnover, leading to more stable caregiver-child relationships. Unfortunately, higher wages will also increase total costs for centers by around 7%. This 7% increase is before factoring in increased teacher wages, which will need to increase to maintain current incentives for assistant teachers to further their education. This projection also holds all other costs constant. ECE centers can take steps on their own to reduce other costs to compensate, such as expanding to find new efficiencies. Centers might also reduce the number of hours they are open per day or shift staff from full to part time to reduce healthcare costs. However, due to the large increase in costs it will be difficult for the most financially vulnerable Title 5 centers to remain open without changes in current state policy. California could consider regulatory reform to reduce administrative burdens, such as reducing or streamlining reporting procedures. These efficiencies, however, are unlikely to reduce costs sufficiently to match increased teaching staff salaries. Consequently, California will have to increase state funding for Title 5 programs.
A funding increase could come in the form of targeted aid for high cost counties or a general increase. A targeted increase would be less expensive, however it would be politically unpopular in low cost areas and it would be short sighted as the state minimum wage will increase to $10 in 2016 and there are proposals to raise it further. California will see savings from local minimum wage increases through reduced costs from means tests programs, including Title 5. Therefore, to help ECE centers adapt to an increased in minimum wages in Oakland, and throughout California, the state should increase Title 5 center's funding mechanism, the standard reimbursement rate, by 5% immediately. This increase should be politically palatable and with some efficiency gains allow ECE centers to stay open.
Hello AB 762 Stakeholders
The CHSA Team
Thank you for support of an integrated childcare license structure in California. With your support, AB 762 has passed out of the Assembly and is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday, July 14, 215, in the Senate Human Services Committee.
While much of the original bill was deleted in the Assembly, a very important part remains. The integration of infant/toddler and preschool licenses was deleted because of concerns for the amount of regulatory work required in its implementation. However, the section which extends the Toddler Component option from 30 to 36 months remains. This extension of the age limit for the Toddler Component option is critical to many providers, who need their toddler program to synch effectively with their infant and/or preschool program.
We request letters of support directed to the Senate Human Services Committee attention Sen. McGuire this week, in anticipation of the hearing on July 14. Please feel free to send letters to the committee's Chief Consultant, Mareva Brown at Mareva.firstname.lastname@example.org as she will make sure all of the members receive a copy. We request that you cc Miriam Farouk email@example.com and Wendi Mahaney-Gurahoo firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Your Information — Senate Human Services Committee Members:
Chief Consultant: Mareva Brown
- Sen. Mike McGuire (Chair)
- Sen. Tom Berryhill (Vice Chair)
- Sen. Loni Hancock
- Sen. Carol Liu
- Sen. Janet Nguyen
Consultant: Sara Rogers
Assistant: Mark Teemer Jr.
We thank you for your current assistance on AB 762, and look forward to working with you in the future towards our broader goal of a fully integrated child development license.
Our Very Best, The CHSA Team
The California Children and Families Commission
The California Children and Families Commission (First 5 California [F5CA]) announces the release of a Request for Application and availability of funds for First 5 IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive). First 5 IMPACT is an innovative approach that forges partnerships between F5CA and counties to achieve the goal of helping children ages 0 to 5 and their families thrive by increasing the number of high-quality early learning settings, including supporting and engaging families in the early learning process. Investing in more settings to achieve high-quality standards will help ensure more of California's children enter school with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to be successful. It will provide families the information and support they need to promote and optimize their children's development and learning, both inside and outside the home.
F5CA will award funds to county-level partnerships that focus on meeting the system development needs of their county or region. Counties are encouraged to collaborate and create effective quality improvement strategies, share resources, and reduce administrative costs. Cross-county collaboration through a regional consortium is strongly encouraged, especially for small and/or rural counties.
For each application, a Lead Agency must be designated. Priority is given to the First 5 county commissions to apply as the Lead Agency (or partner) on behalf of the county or regional consortium. If the First 5 county commission chooses not to apply as the Lead Agency, the county executive director, or their designee, must submit a Letter of Intent to indicate whether or not they intend to participate. If a First 5 county commission chooses not to serve as Lead Agency, another Local Public Entity may apply as the Lead Agency on behalf of that county or region. First 5 county commissions must submit their LOI (Form 1) to F5CA by July 13, 2015. In circumstances where the First 5 county commission elects not to participate in First 5 IMPACT, an LPE must be located within the county or region and submit an LOI by July 20, 2015.
F5CA will host a First 5 IMPACT RFA Information Session webinar on July 8, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. F5CA will provide a summary of the First 5 IMPACT RFA and accept questions. Participants are encouraged to review the First 5 IMPACT RFA prior to the Information Session. Please register below if you wish to participate in the webinar. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation with the webinar login information.
Webinar dial-in number: (888) 455-9643
Please visit our First 5 IMPACT webpage (http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/programs/programs_impact.html) to view the RFA, as well as download forms and resources necessary to complete your county/regional LOI and application for First 5 IMPACT funds. If you have questions, please e-mail them to the First 5 IMPACT Team at F5impact@ccfc.ca.gov.
First 5 California
List address: First5CA@CCFC.CA.GOV
Research summary: Teacher-child interactions in early childhood
You've probably heard that the interactions teachers have with students make a big difference in children's outcomes. You might have even heard about CLASS® — the tool that measures these interactions. Learn more about what CLASS and interactions have to do with quality early childhood education in this free research summary.
How to build a bridge from pre-kindergarten to third grade
The month of June marked transitions for many of our students, but few more so than the very youngest. This month, thousands of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds completed their first years of formal education in San Francisco Unified. Research suggests they will be significantly better prepared to succeed in school because of their high-quality preschool experience. What these children don't know — and it should be invisible to them — is that they are on the leading edge of our district's strategy to align pre-K–3rd grade instruction. Our goal with this approach is to shrink a stubborn achievement gap by aligning primary school teaching to a formerly separate pre-K system. If we are going to bridge the gap, we have to start earlier, and that early work must be connected and coherent with the work in the grades that follow.
Helping young children manage the strong emotion of anger
"Oh, no!" groaned Julia as she saw four-year-old Carlos shove Sarah. "Here we go again." For the third time in as many days, Carlos was angry and he had once again responded to his anger by hurting somebody. It will come as no surprise to early childhood teachers that some young children like Carlos express anger aggressively. What strategies can teachers use to help Carlos and other children learn to control their anger?
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As California advocates look to expand pre-K, Denmark shows how universal preschool works
Southern California Public Radio
Support for universal preschool is spreading around the country, but relatively few places have set up systems where all kids from infants to 5-year-olds can attend child care. That's not the case in Scandinavian countries like Norway and Denmark where early child care for all has been around for decades and is taken for granted by taxpayers. Eva Ørum, a self-employed single mother, juggled multiple jobs as she raised her two children in Copenhagen. Care for 11-year-old Lea and 4-year-old August has never been a worry for Ørum. Both her children attended local state-run child care centers from a young age, and at minimal cost.
How phonics is taught can affect how well a child learns to read
New readers who focus on sounding out letters rather than learning whole words tap into that part of the human brain best wired for developing reading skills. The phonics approach to teaching reading has long held sway in early learning; now educational neuroscience can prove that approach. That's the overall finding from research recently published by Stanford University, the Child Study Center at New York University's Langone Medical Center and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kindergarten and preschool teachers: Last stand in war on childhood?
The war against childhood continues. Children are no longer generally free to roam, play, and explore on their own, as they were in the past and are designed by nature to do. Parents who allow such play are being arrested. Schools throughout the country have eliminated or greatly curtailed recesses. The last bastion in the battle to preserve childhood appears to be preschools and kindergartens, where some play still exists. But ground is quickly being lost there, too, despite the efforts of some teachers to hold on.
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Give kids a real Head Start
U.S. News & World Report
Head Start, the nation's biggest early childhood education program, could be in for some major changes. In June, the Federal Register published a "notice of proposed rulemaking" on the Head Start Performance Standards. Sounds like bureaucratic gobbledygook, right? But it's actually a big deal. Head Start serves nearly 1 million of the nation's most at-risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Because of its unique federal-to-local structure, federal regulations have much greater influence over the day-to-day operations of Head Start programs than most federal education policies have on local schools.
Kid swagger: How children react to winning and losing
Medical News Today
A group of preschoolers were given one shot to beat the world's fastest builder of block towers. Unbeknownst to the children, it had already been decided who would capture the victory and who would see it slip away. The losers shook it off without it ruining their mood. The winners — even the two-year-olds — showed some obvious swagger: heads held high, chests puffed out, hands on hips in a victorious power pose. But here's the thing — children show emotions much younger than they understand them. That's why the psychologists who staged the contest asked the children afterward to choose from a set of four pictures the one that best shows how they feel.
Americans have a better attitude towards working mothers now than ever before
The Huffington Post
Good news for working moms: Attitudes about women working outside of the home have become increasingly positive over the last four decades, according to a new national study. Millennials, in particular, are far more likely than their predecessors to say they believe working moms can develop strong relationships with their children. They are also far less likely to feel that preschool-age kids will suffer in any way if their mothers work outside of the home. "Support for working moms has gone from being a minority position to being the majority one," study author Jean Twenge, a psychology professor with San Diego State University and author of "Generation Me" told The Huffington Post. "It went from losing the election, so to speak, to winning it."
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