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Few Tickets Left! Don't Miss Out on the Licensing Seminar & Networking Luncheon

Professional Association for Childhood Education invites you to our Sept. 17, 2015, Community Care Licensing half-day seminar & networking luncheon in beautiful Carlsbad, California! Register Now!
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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!

Register Online Today!

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Don't forget to book your flights and hotel rooms early to get the best rate.

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Hello Early Care & Education Community
We are so pleased to announce that AB 762 (Mullin) has passed both houses of the legislature and is now awaiting a signature by Gov. Brown.

This legislation, championed by California Head Start Association in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, will bridge the gap in care for toddlers by extending the Toddler Component on a child care facility license to 36 months. Extending the toddler option will provide much needed flexibility to California's care providers and support continuity of care for our children.

Thank you for all the support and we look forward to further efforts in the Fall to integrate child care facilities licenses.

We will update everyone once we hear if the governor signs AB 762.

The CHSA Team

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Back to School — HIPAA 101
After a summer that saw major data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management and UCLA Health System, this fall is a great time to take your organization back to school on HIPAA compliance and data security. Here are four items to add to your fall to-do list, no #2 pencils required.

Legal Issues with Background Checks
Conducting background checks on prospective employees can give employers confidence in their hiring choices. However, a growing number of states and cities — which now includes New York City — restrict employers from inquiring into criminal convictions (under the "ban the box" movement) or using credit histories in employment decisions. In light of these developments, here are some suggested Do's and Don'ts regarding employment background checks.

Work/Life Balance: Is it possible?
Yes, but it means we have to work at creating and preserving a space in our lives for the things that matter most. Work/life balance consistently ranks close to the top in employee surveys. "Balance" continues to be the hot career issue and buzzword for employees of all ages. As a leadership development consultant, I often am asked to address the topic of "balance."

The Daycare Dispatch
Weekly Business Success Strategies for Child Care Centers

The Daycare Dispatch
7 Secrets To Child Care Marketing Success
In order for your child care advertising to be successful, you need to keep some basic marketing principles in mind. The problem is that many child care center owners and directors — and maybe you're one of them — have no formal marketing training, other than watching Mad Men. But fear not — if you remember and implement the 7 simple guidelines below, your efforts at getting the word out will become much more compelling and effective (especially since your competitors probably haven't been looped in on these secrets).

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Thanks to the help of this grassroots network, we've sent nearly 30,000 letters to Congress and the Administration in opposition to new regulations that give bureaucrats more control over how you save for retirement.

As Congress returns from August recess, we need to keep this issue on their radar.

Will you take a minute to add your name and tell Washington to stop meddling with your retirement savings?

This is the epitome of the progressive nanny-state and we have to fight back now before it's too late. These sweeping regulations will leave you with fewer investment choices and limited access to retirement advice.

Small businesses could be locked out of retirement advice altogether and the nine million American households who depend on small employer plans could lose their plans or face higher fees.

If you've invested in a 401k or an IRA, you could be directly impacted. Join us in publicly taking a stand against these chilling new rules by adding your name now:


Thank you for taking action,

Rob Engstrom
SVP and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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 The health and safety fact sheets are posted at

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.

Thank you,

Char Goodreau, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement
ICF International
3407 South 10th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

Access resources from the Child Care Technical Assistance Network at

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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

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,, in the near future.

Please forward this announcement to others who might be interested in attending the workshop. Contact Annalee Gonzales ( with any questions.

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 Industry News

Back to school: Who is caring for your young children?
Preschool Matters ... Today
It's back to school time! Those words usually invoke thoughts of children who attend kindergarten through 12th grade — but it also applies to many of the 11 million children enrolled in child care or preschool every day. As families drop off their children for these important early learning experiences, many are unaware that only about 30 percent of children nationwide are enrolled in a high quality program. Well qualified staff is at the top of the list of the specific research-based factors that ensure safe, nurturing, and stimulating environments for young children.
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Many new principals lack early education knowledge
Of all the various hats that a principal wears, perhaps none is more important than that of instructional leader. As emphasis on school accountability has grown, expectations for principals have shifted from management functions, such as making sure the buses run on time, toward visiting classrooms and providing real-time feedback on teacher instruction. Along with this emphasis on principals as instructional leader, comes a concern from many in the early education field about whether principals have the knowledge and skills they need to provide quality feedback to teachers of students in pre-K, kindergarten, and the first, second and third grade.
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Creating safe, strength-based classrooms
Schools are not machines. Schools are a network of human beings who feel, think, behave and function within a human system that is alive and never static. Inside living systems, we need to feel safe and felt. This system is wired to thrive, even through difficult times. We're here for deep learning, which is profoundly relational and connection to one another is a prerequisite for our collective emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive growth and development.
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Fostering creativity in movement and music learning centers
Earlychildhood News
Learning centers offer children — individually and in small groups — opportunities to explore their interests further in a spontaneous, as opposed to structured, manner. When you provide a movement and music center in your classroom, children can listen to music, play instruments and experiment with sound or movement at their own developmental levels and without adult supervision.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Communication is key: Tips for successful parent conferences (Earlychildhood News)
A lesson plan for helping young children learn to accept differences (Edutopia)
Empty plate: Kids are being bullied to skip lunch at school (U.S. News & World Report)
How does where babies look affect what they learn to say? (Education Week)
Why pushing kids to learn too much too soon is counterproductive (The Washington Post)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Helping toddlers understand emotion key to development
Michigan State University via Science Daily
The simple parenting strategy of helping toddlers understand emotion may reduce behavioral problems later on, finds an American study. Toddlers with higher risk, specifically those with more behavioral problems and from the most disadvantaged families, benefited most from being taught about emotion by their mothers, the authors say.
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The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues
The Washington Post (commentary)
Angela Hanscom, a contributor for The Washington Post, writes: "I still recall the days of preschool for my oldest daughter. I remember wanting to desperately enrich her life in any way possible — to give her an edge before she even got to formal schooling. I put her in a preschool that was academic in nature — the focus on pre-reading, writing, and math skills. At home, I bought her special puzzles, set up organized play dates with children her age, read to her every night, signed her up for music lessons, put her in dance, and drove her to local museums. My friends and I even did 'enrichment classes' with our kids to practice sorting, coloring, counting, numbers, letters, and yes ... even to practice sitting! We thought this would help prepare them for kindergarten."
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Arne Duncan's back-to-school bus tour to focus on preschool through career
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's annual back-to-school bus tour is back in action and headed for the Midwest. And this year's focus goes beyond K-12 policy. The theme is "Ready for Success" with a lot of emphasis on the bookends of the edu-spectrum: early and higher education. The tour kicks off on Sept. 14 and Duncan plant to make stops at a preschool in Kansas City, Missouri; a high school in Iowa to talk about college affordability with students and parents. And, also in Iowa, Duncan will chat with teacher leaders and shadow coaches at a middle school.
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Thursday, Sep. 10 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
D as in Disaster: Planning for the Worst- Hoping for the Best
Presented by Dr. Cathy Grace, Co-Director The Graduate Center on the Study of Early Learning, University of Mississippi

Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: What to Do When Nothing Else Works
Presented by William J. DeMeo, Ph.D., Developmental Psychologist, Mayerson Academy

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

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Boys, boys, boys! Why they’re falling behind and what to do about it
Presented by Ruth Hanford Morhard, President, Ruth Reid & Company Consultants in Early Childhood

Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
Supporting Motor Development for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Presented by Dr. Steve Sanders, Assistant Chair, College of Education's Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Sensory Integration: Recognizing and Responding to Young Children with Sensory Issues
Presented by Christy Isbell, PhD OTR/L, Milligan College, TN

Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
Setting the Stage for Reading with Babies and Toddlers
Presented by Amy Read, M.A., Program Manager for Early Literacy Outreach


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