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PACE California Children's Project (PCCP) presents the PACE 46th Annual Education Conference — Oct. 16-18, 2015 — Ontario, California
The PACE Board of Directors invites you to join in to celebrate PACE's 60th Anniversary!
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Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
The Impact of Trauma on Growth and Development
Presented by Barbara Sorrels Ed. D., Executive Director, The Institute for Childhood Education
First 5 California FOCUS
First 5 California
I am pleased to present to you First 5 California FOCUS. Our refreshed newsletter is a resource through which we will bring you regular updates about the state Commission's activities, highlights of the work of the county commissions, and summaries of the successes achieved through our many partnerships that help California's children receive the best possible start in life. This edition will cover topics ranging from the State Budget to good things happening with First 5 San Joaquin.
A message from the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement
National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement
I am happy to share with you two new resources from the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement. These are Fact Sheets that cover two topics from CCDF Reauthorization requirements — health and safety training and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. I hope these are helpful to you. They provide some national licensing trends and examples of requirements in these areas for license-exempt providers.
In addition, we have recently added two other documents to the CCTAN Web site with resources about developmental screening and expulsion policies. These can be found at https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/topics/consumer-education. The health and safety fact sheets are posted at https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/quality-improvement.
Please let me know if you have any questions and if there is anything I can do as follow-up. Please forward this on to others who may find the information helpful.
Char Goodreau, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement
3407 South 10th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
Access resources from the Child Care Technical Assistance Network at https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/.
This is Updates and Announcements from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
As a result of the White House Task Force on New Americans' Strategic Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration, there are resources identified in the "featured resources" section of the ORR newsletter below that have been developed that could be helpful to those of you serving immigrants and Limited English Proficient children and families: the Language Access Mapping Tool developed by the Department of Justice (could be useful when preparing/conducting community assessments) and the Early Childhood Language Toolkit developed by ACF/DOE (for children and their parents/other caregivers).
Language Access: DOJ Launches New Mapping Tools
Aug. 11 marked the 15th anniversary of Executive Order 13166, requiring federal programs and activities to provide meaningful access to individuals with limited English proficiency. Visit the Featured Resources section for more information on new mapping resources released by the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.
Register for September Webinar on Addressing Toxic Stress for Refugees
"Opening Doors to Opportunity for Refugees: Addressing Toxic Stress and Child and Family Well-Being for Refugee Children and Adults," will showcase promising practices for establishing and implementing strength-based approaches that address the effects of toxic stress and equip refugee families with the income, tools and skills needed to improve economic stability.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization Awareness Month website for more information, including toolkits to help you raise awareness. Also check out the Immunization Ambassador Program, which allows community leaders and those passionate about immunization to participate in a campaign to raise awareness about the necessity of immunizing.
Highlights from ACF's Family Room Blog
ACF's Family Room Blog provides updates from offices and programs within the Administration for Family and Children. Recent posts include:
New Early Childhood Language Toolkit Released
ACF, in collaboration with Too Small to Fail and the U.S. Department of Education, developed a suite of resources that can help enrich children's early language experiences beginning from birth. This toolkit includes tip sheets for families, preschool teachers, and infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, as well as a fact sheet that highlights the evidence behind the benefits of being bilingual and embracing children's home languages.
Early Educator Central
- It's Never Too Early to Help Your Child Learn — Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! English | Spanish
- Tips for Families English | Spanish
- The Benefits of Being Bilingual — A Review for Teachers and Other Early Education Program Providers English | Spanish
- Tips for Using Language at Home and in the Community English | Spanish
- Tips for Infant & Toddler Teachers and Caregivers English | Spanish
- Tips for Preschool Teachers & Other Early Childhood Education Program Providers English | Spanish
The new Early Educator Central website provides an index of coursework to support infant-toddler educators and supports our continuing efforts to improve the quality of care especially for infants and toddler. It also supports the White House Rural Initiative by providing access to training and professional development opportunities for those who live in rural areas.
Over a series of nine seminars, the new Children's Health Leadership Network will convene advocates to broaden their vision, increase their base of knowledge, strengthen their existing networks and expand and refine the adaptive leadership skills critical to advancing child health and well-being policy reform and advocacy results. Apply by September 21 to be a part of this exciting initiative.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Fostering School Success for English Learners Public Information-Gathering Session
National Academy of Sciences
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on the Fostering School Success for English Learners is pleased to announce a second public information-gathering session to be held on October 8, 2015 at the Beckman Conference Center of the National Academies in Irvine, California. The committee is tasked with conducting a study and preparing a consensus report that will inform a research agenda to address gaps in the knowledge base, policies that impact young DLLs, and practices in the range of settings where ELL/DLL children learn, grow and develop, including homes, classrooms and health care settings. The purpose of this public session is for the committee to hear from experts in the field to inform their deliberations. This event is open to the public, however registration is limited based on space availability. For those unable to attend in person, live webcasting will be available. Registration is now open to attend the workshop in person or to participate in the live webcast.
A detailed agenda with more information about session topics and panelists will be available on the project website, iom.nationalacademies.org/DualLanguageLearners, in the near future.
Please forward this announcement to others who might be interested in attending the workshop. Contact Annalee Gonzales (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Communication is key: Tips for successful parent conferences
Mrs. Anderson, the Center Director, answers a new parent's question about the school’s weekly lunch menu. The new parent, Mrs. Alvarez, completes the information in her son's enrollment packet. Then, while they walk down the hall together to meet the teacher, the parent, child and director continue to chat about the school. Although you may not think of this intake session as a "parent conference," it really is a first conference. The parents are introduced to the philosophy and goals of the center's program while they inform the school personnel about their child's interest and needs, as well as any expectations they may have.
A lesson plan for helping young children learn to accept differences
How do we get young children to accept differences? First, we have to recognize that for many young children, "differences" are disconcerting. Even though a pre-K or kinder student may not be able to articulate it, they are often put off by differences. Sometimes it's because they can't explain what they perceive. Other times, they are not sure of the implications of the differences and may fear for their own safety.
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Empty plate: Kids are being bullied to skip lunch at school
U.S. News & World Report
Anti-bullying curriculum has created a generation of kids who are much more aware of overt, classic bullying. However, bullying and peer pressure take many forms, and at times can be very difficult to spot. One alarming trend happening in some school cafeterias is kids facing pressure to not eat lunch, or to eat much less than they actually want.
How does where babies look affect what they learn to say?
It's incredibly difficult to learn a second language as an adult, but it's much easier for young children. Not to mention that babies learn an entire first language without a single textbook or Rosetta Stone tutorial. Scientists are still working out how exactly babies' brains allow them to accomplish this incredible feat. Rechele Brooks, a research assistant professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, studies young children's social skills. She and her colleagues, Barbara T. Conboy, Andrew N. Meltzoff and Patricia K. Kuhl, recently completed a study that looked at how a specific baby behavior, called gaze shifting, allows infants to learn language. Specifically, they wanted to know whether a higher frequency of this one behavior helped children learn a language other than the one their parents spoke at home. It did.
100,000 children in over 200 communities in 18 states could lose high-quality preschool under the 2016 House and Senate spending bills
U.S. Secretary of Education
Budgets should never just be numbers on a piece of paper; they reflect our values. As the vice president often says, show me your budget and I'll tell you what you actually value. One thing we should all value is the high-quality early learning opportunities that are critical when it comes to helping students to succeed in school and ultimately in life. This is true for all of our young people, but especially, especially for those who come from low-income families and who also often start kindergarten between a year and 14 months behind their peers in pre-readings and language skills. So that means of the children who start school this fall, far too many are already a year to 14 months behind.
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Why pushing kids to learn too much too soon is counterproductive
The Washington Post (commentary)
Given the nationwide push to teach children more and more complex concepts at earlier and earlier ages, you'd think that there surely must be an extensive scientific literature to support these efforts. Not only does no such data exist, but an emerging body of research indicates that attempts to accelerate intellectual development are in fact counterproductive. Recently, a lead editorial in one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world, Science, questioned why middle school children were being taught college and even graduate-school-level cell biology concepts when their developing minds were not yet ready to receive this complex information.
Using new technology to rediscover traditional ways of learning
Older, more traditional forms of learning resonate with students because they connect with something deep within our human psyche. They engage the full person, not just the part of the brain that can decipher words on a page. They evoke a time when all of our ancestors were more alike than different in their cultural practices. Learning through movement and the senses is becoming easier to do as bulky, stationary technology has become more mobile. Also, we are seeing the beginnings of a trend in which technology is becoming practically invisible and more integrated into our everyday environments. Digital technology such as tablets can help teachers and students rediscover traditional ways of learning by using touch, movement, sound and visuality.
2-year-olds with larger oral vocabularies enter kindergarten better prepared
Society for Research in Child Development via Science Daily
Children with better academic and behavioral functioning when they start kindergarten often have better educational and societal opportunities as they grow up. For instance, children entering kindergarten with higher reading and math achievement are more likely to go to college, own homes, be married, and live in higher-income neighborhoods as adults. Now a new study points to very early roots of differences in school readiness, with growth in vocabulary playing a particularly important role. The study found that children with larger oral vocabularies by age 2 arrived at kindergarten better prepared academically and behaviorally than their peers. This information can help target early intervention efforts.
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