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PACE's 46th Annual Conference
Reasons for attending PACE’s Leadership Full Day Seminar Oct. 16, 2015 in Ontario, CA
  • Find out the important changes impacting child care programs from one of the top leaders from CDE, Marguerite Ries, Administrator, Policy Office Early Education & Support Division
  • Learn What's New in Community Care Licensing from one of the top leaders in the department! Meet Child Care Program Administrator, Paula D'Albenas
  • Find out Where Early Learning is Going & What Does It Mean to Your Centers Future from Executive Director, M.A. Lucas from the Early Childhood Education Consortium out of Washington D.C.
  • Did you know ADA & Reasonable Accommodations applies to your employees as well as your students? Find out more from Deisy Bach, CEO of HR Ideas
    (Continental Breakfast and Lunch included with Admission)
Reasons for attending PACE's 46th Annual Conference October 16, 2015 in Ontario, CA
  • Friday opening session on How Fitness and Nutrition Impact Preschool Children-Michelle Silence, MA, her program KID-FIT has been piloted Nationwide
  • Saturday opening session from renowned children’s music educators, Nick Young & Jen Stillion-Young
  • Sign up for an in-person meeting with you DSS Community Care Licensing Advocate Aaron Ross! On Saturday, Oct. 17 we are offering 10 minute time slots throughout the day!
  • Keynote Luncheon with internationally known speaker and child care business success coach
  • 30 workshops for owners, directors and teachers
  • Saturday Reception with spirits, appetizers, prizes and more!
  • Silent Auction with weekend getaways, spa baskets, learning materials, an ipad and more!
Click here to register today.

Save $50 by using code: PACE60
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We still have space for the 60th Anniversary Dinner on Oct. 17, 2015!
Click here to download the conference brochure.
Click here there is still space available for exhibitors.
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Breaking News: Julie Bartkus, Founder of Child Care Business Success to lead Conference keynote luncheon!

The Professional Assn. for Childhood Education is excited to announce that Julie Bartkus headlines the Saturday Luncheon!

The Saturday Luncheon will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 at 12:00 p.m.

This keynote session is part of the Professional Assn. for Childhood Education’s 46th Annual Conference. The conference themed, "Setting the PACE for 60 Years," will be held from October 16-18 at the Ontario Convention Center.

A ticket to the Saturday Luncheon is included in each full conference registration.
Click here to register today.

Julie Bartkus out of Chicago, IL is an Internationally known speaker and child care business coach. Her passion is helping child care owners create positive, productive and profitable child care businesses. "Imagine how to turn the mood around in spite of what others around you are doing, or saying. Imagine sustaining that motivation throughout the day so you leave work feeling energized instead of drained." Find out the three secrets every child care professional should know in order to keep their passion for the child care industry alive!

This powerful keynote session will give you the magical ability to transform a bad day into a good day! If you have a desire to feel more appreciated and motivated on daily basis, you don't want to miss this!

Register today.

Save $50 by using code: PACE60

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Child Care and Development Fund State Plan Topical Input Sessions
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Attention: All Parties Interested in California's Child Care and Development Services

On Nov. 19, 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant was reauthorized. The Child Care and Development Fund is a component of the block grant. Every three years, the federal government requires states, territories, and tribes that receive funds through the federal CCDF to prepare and submit a plan detailing how these funds will be allocated and expended. The California Department of Education has been designated in state law to be the lead agency that is responsible for administering the CCDF in California and, therefore, is required to submit the CCDF State Plan.

Given that there are a number of new changes included in the reauthorization law, the CDE will hold at least two public hearings to gather input for the 2016-2018 CCDF State Plan. The first hearing took place before the draft State Plan was written on Jan. 9, 2015. The second hearing will take place after the Office of Child Care releases the final CCDF State Plan "Preprint." The new draft "Preprint" is available for public comment at the following Web pages:

2016-2018 CCDF Plan Preprint Draft for Public Hearing

Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

The final Plan must be submitted to the federal government on March 1, 2016. The final and approved 2016-2018 CCDF State Plan will be available as of June 2016. Individuals who do not have access to the Internet should be able to obtain access at most local public library branches throughout California.

This announcement includes the following:
  • Description of the topical input sessions and public hearing process
  • Guidelines for public testimony, whether verbal or written
  • Hearing and testimony time frames, and instructions for submitting written testimony
Topical Input Sessions: Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For Session Topics and their descriptions click here dictated by the timeframe listed with them. Please use the PowerPoints and notes available on the CDE website to ensure your comments are related to the specific session.

Public Hearing: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015; Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

As part of the State Plan preparation process, federal law requires the lead agency to convene a public hearing to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the provision of child care services and quality improvement activities under the Plan before it is submitted to the federal government. In accordance with these requirements, the public hearings will take place as follows:

Click here to read details for providing verbal or written testimony.

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Licensing Questions and Answers from the PACE Regional Training in Carlsbad, CA

  1. Can a person who has no units watch napping children?
    Yes, According to Title 22 Regulation; 101230(c)(1) Activities/Napping: An aide who is 18 years of age or older, and who meets the requirements of Sections 101216 and 101216.2, may supervise 24 napping children in place of a teacher if the conditions specified in (c) above are met.

  2. Why are public schools teachers allow to provide care to more children than preschool and/or school age teachers?
    California public schools are governed by The Department of Education. Child Care facilities are governed by The Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing (Title 22 Regulations) and the public school system is not.

  3. Does Licensee/Director have the authority to request a physician's input if they disagree with a parent or guardian instructions documented on the child's Infant Needs and Services Plan?
    According to Tile 22 Regulations; 101419.2 Infant Needs and Services Plan shall be completed with the assistance of the infant's authorized representative and the Center Director or Assistant Director. The plan shall be completed during the personal interview prior to the Infant's first day in care. The Licensee/Director may advise that the Infant's authorized representative to seek advice from a physician. However, it is the responsibilities of the Licensee/Director to protect the health and safety of all children in care.

  4. How can the Licensee/Director address the new Health and Nutrition law to parents or guardians in regards to unhealthy food or inadequate amount of food?
    Per Assembly Bill 290 (Alejo) Childhood Nutrition Training effective Jan. 1, 2016. This bill requires that at least one Director or Teacher at each day care center, and each family day care home licensee who provides care, shall have at least one additional hour of childhood nutrition training as part of the three components of preventive health practices course or courses. Proof of completion will be required for all new applications such as New Application, Relocation and Transfer. It's recommended that the Licensee/Director educates all parents and guardians of the importance of child nutrition.

  5. Are parents or guardians allowed to administrate Hydrocortisone injections to their child while in care?
    Yes, parent or guardians are allowed to administrate medical injections to their child while in care. In this case, the guardian shall provide the facility with a list of other persons who may administer the injections in the absence of the child's guardian. All medication that is stored at the facility must be stored behind a lock and key. Please review the Department's policy and procedures to facilities that choose to administer Incidental Medical Services.

  6. The Process in regards to associating an individual with a current clearance to another licensed facility?
    According to Title 22 Regulations: 101170(f) Criminal Record Clearance: A licensee or applicant for a license may request a transfer of a criminal record clearance from one state licensed facility to another, or from TrustLine to a state licensed facility by completing Licensing form (LIC 9182 Criminal Record Clearance Transfer) along with a valid government issued photo identification card. It's advised in rush cases that the Licensee hand delivers or fax the required documents to their local Licensing Office. It's also advised that the Licensee follows up with a phone call to the office.

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Congratulations to everyone for our work to protect children from hunger!
SB 708 was signed by the governor.

SB 708 (Mendoza) would reduce child hunger & protect the privacy of families applying for the National School Lunch Program by requiring school districts using an online application to a link to translated versions of the application made available by the USDA and to online applications to other health & nutrition programs (i.e. CalFresh). Finally it codifies current guidance requiring applications to include instructions for homeless & migrant families. This bill is sponsored by Western Center on Law & Poverty.

Big thanks to Senator Mendoza for his great leadership on introducing the bill and his staffs' excellent work!

And, of course, thanks to Gov. Brown for signing the bill!

We look forward to working with you to implement the new law.

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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


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

 Industry News

How a high-quality child care tax credit would benefit millennial families
Center for American Progress
Across the United States, high-quality, affordable child care is a crucial part of daily life as parents try to balance work and caregiving responsibilities. Members of the Millennial generation face unique challenges to financial stability as they start their families. Millennials have higher poverty rates, lower incomes, and more student debt than the generations before them did at the same age. Millennials are also more racially diverse than previous generations; Millennials of color often face more intense financial pressures than the rest of their generational cohort, including higher youth unemployment rates and more student debt.
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Increased access to preschool does not guarantee increased achievement, report finds
Education World
As more and more people in all spheres of influence advocate for early education in the form of preschool, a new study into Tennessee's $86 million-a-year state-funded preschool program suggests increasing access doesn't necessary guarantee increased student achievement. In fact, though the study, conducted by researchers from Vanderbilt University, found initial improvement and outpacing from children who attended the state's preschool program versus students who did not, that achievement soon faded after kindergarten.
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Are early childhood educators undervalued?
Concordia University via Science Daily
With the federal election around the corner, child care has become a major ballot issue. While every party has its own idea of how best to offset the costs of raising children, no one is looking at how we perceive and value those who provide the education and care. Concordia researcher Sandra Chang-Kredl wants that to change. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, she writes that "invariably, the focus of the debate is on the children's needs, the parents' needs and society's needs. The educator is rarely mentioned." Her study calls for a rethinking — and revaluing — of the work being done by child-care educators in order to generate social change.
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Quality early child education has positive effects on Latino children
Research shows quality early childhood education has significant positive impacts on the education, employment and health outcomes later in life. A new report highlights these findings within the Latino community and again demonstrates that there is tremendous economic power in the public investment in early childhood education. The report shows that public pre-K programs and subsidized center-based child care for low-income Latino children has positive effects on their kindergarten readiness and their academic achievement and their ability to learn through third grade.
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Study: As California preschool options expand, quality of teachers needs improving
Southern California Public Radio
With the state moving to expand preschool options for 3 and 4-year-olds, a new study is questioning whether California has a workforce that is qualified to teach all of its earliest learners. The report by the New America Foundation focuses on whether California has the policies and rigorous teacher training to meet the "demands of a growing, more diverse population." Currently, 53 percent of the state's infants and toddlers are Latino and almost half are low-income. For an early education teacher, this means a cookie-cutter approach to the first years of school is not likely the best one, according to the report.
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5 sleep tips for school-aged children
Medical News Today
Everyone needs to sleep. A good night's sleep boosts health, safety, performance and wellbeing, and it's especially important for school-age children. "Children and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development," said Dr. Clay Stallworth, a pediatrician for GRHealth at the West Wheeler office. "A child's body and brain are busy during slumber preparing for another day of tasks and growth, so it's essential that children get the proper amount of sleep." It's not always easy to know when kids need more sleep because drowsy children don't necessarily slow down the way adults do — they wind up.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Brookings: Obama uses bad data to push 'preschool for all' (Breitbart)
As preschool programs expand, teacher pay under scrutiny (Education Week)
Preschool kids can be discriminating learners (PsychCentral)
Sharing picture books with kids can make them smarter and more attentive (The Conversation)
First aid kits for child care providers (Earlychildhood News)

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Motivation is key in turning around learning differences
By: Ronald M. Kraus
Though there is surprisingly scant research on motivation and learning disabilities, motivation is in fact key to helping create change for students with learning differences. It is the engine that drives the train of learning, the spark that propels the individual. To understand motivation, here is a look at what the research by Richard Ryan and Edward Deci says. It first describes a continuum of different types of motivation, followed by an explanation of each.
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Preschool development grants at risk
Now would seem like a strange time to take resources away from programs focused on increasing access to high-quality early learning opportunities. The United States currently ranks 31st out of 39 countries when it comes to pre-K enrollment of 4-year-olds, and only about four in 10 4-year-olds are currently enrolled in publicly funded pre-K programs. Many states lack the financial resources necessary to expand access to these programs. We know that investing in preschool produces outsized returns because these early investments decrease the need for future spending on things like remedial education and grade repetition, while benefiting the economy in the long term in the form of increased earnings and improved health outcomes for pre-K participants.
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Website creates database of preschool regulations
Education Week
The website Noodle, which is aiming to be a national clearinghouse for information on early childhood programs, has created a database that outlines the child care and preschool regulations for each state. Regulations vary widely among states. The rules also can differ depending on whether the child care program is in a center or inside a provider's home, and on the age of the children under care.
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