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PACE announces new health insurance partnership
This year, PACE members will be served by a new health
insurance partnership program called Limelight Health. The
new program, created by health insurance experts and a statewide network of trained, licensed and certified insurance agents, PACE members will be provided no-cost, expert enrollment and renewal assistance for both small group and individual coverage options. Coverage options include Covered California, Kaiser, Anthem, Blue Shield, Health Net, Aetna, United, Cigna, MediCal, Medicare and many other affordable insurance options.
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- No need to buy special software or hardware
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- Low, affordable monthly subscription
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OnCare is offering a special 10 percent discount off our Oncare Office monthly subscription to all PACE members. Use promo code PACE2014
Preschoolers with low empathy at risk for continued problems
University of Michigan via Science Daily
A toddler who doesn't feel guilty after misbehaving or who is less affectionate or less responsive to affection from others might not raise a red flag to parents, but these behaviors may result in later behavior problems in 1st grade. The findings come from a new University of Michigan study that identifies different types of early child problems. Early preschool behavior problems often improve over time. When that doesn't happen through grade school, children are more likely to become aggressive and violent as teens and adults. Previous research on these different types of behavior problems has focused on older children and teens.
Why early childhood education now?
As argued in the new book, "From Preschool to Prosperity," expanded early childhood education represents a continuation of the American historical tradition of promoting economic opportunity and growth via expanded education. But why is there a need for early childhood education now, when apparently we did not perceive a need for such programs in the past?
How exercise can boost young brains
The New York Times
Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you substantially improve their ability to think, according to the most ambitious study ever conducted of physical activity and cognitive performance in children. The results underscore, yet again, the importance of physical activity for children's brain health and development, especially in terms of the particular thinking skills that most affect academic performance.
Animals and occupations: Why theme-based curricula work
Early Childhood News
One week the curriculum theme is farm animals. The next week it's community helpers and other occupations or things that fly. Almost every child care center and preschool has used a theme-based curriculum at one time or another. Thematic units are popular among young children and teachers alike. What many early childhood educators don't realize is that the use of thematic units provides an integrated approach to teaching and learning. Such an integrated approach is supported by research on how the brain works and how human beings learn. Ultimately, the use of thematic units helps young children achieve higher levels of learning.
Kindergarten-readiness tests gain ground
For 20 kindergartners at Parr's Ridge Elementary School, the morning is packed with singing and dancing, playing an alphabet game with sticks, and cutting big oval shapes out of paper. And while these are typical classroom activities, many also double as something else: parts of an assessment. These bouncy, sneakered children are part of a leading-edge project in the testing world to figure out how to assess the youngest students in ways that welcome their playful energy and their varied paths of development, and then use the results to shape instruction.
The importance of art in early education
Each year during ArtPrize, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field for discussing the arts and why art matters. The team at The Goddard School in Grand Rapids believes in the importance of the arts in early childhood development and exposure to the arts at a young age is crucial to staying competitive in a global economy.
Although some may regard art education as a luxury, creative activities are some of the essential building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.
The bare walls theory: Do too many classroom decorations harm learning?
This fall, as teachers nationwide prepared their classrooms for the new school year, many reported being bombarded with a decorations blitz, from educational supply store promotions to classroom design blogs to Pinterest posts on themed classrooms with polka dots, owls and bumblebees.
But a recent study has found that for young children, adopting a more subdued approach is better. The study, published May 2014 in Psychological Science, was one of the first to examine how decorations impact learning. It found that when kindergartners were taught in a highly decorated classroom, they were more distracted and scored lower on tests than when they were taught in a room with bare walls.
The key to pre-K-2 blended learning success
Implementing blended learning in the earliest grades can have an incredibly positive impact on young students if educators follow a "transitional" blended learning model that focuses on active and intentional technology use. A transitional blended learning model follows, with a few tweaks, a traditional rotational model as outlined by the Clayton Christensen Institute: students move on a fixed schedule between digital learning (in which they have some control over time, place, path and/or pace) and traditional teacher-led classroom instruction, said Barker Davis, senior vice president of business development for AWE, during an edWeb webinar.
Preschools mandating flu shots in some states
Counsel & Heal
In an effort to increase vaccination rates and prevent the spread of the flu, preschools in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut will mandate flu shots for children attending licensed day-care centers and preschools. Rhode Island is set to enforce similar policies next year. "School entry requirements have proven to be the best way to vaccinate children," said Alexandra Stewart, an associate professor at Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, reported by FOX News. "It's a good way to catch people."
More preschool slots for low-income kids
Orange County Register
Garden Grove and Westminster preschools are receiving a financial boost. The Westminster School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove will each receive state funding to increase the number of students from families with lower incomes that their programs can accommodate. The funding is part of a statewide initiative, announced last week by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, that will provide money to add 7,500 preschool slots throughout California.
High-fives, not high reps
The New York Times
On a recent afternoon at the CrossFit gym in Long Island City, Queens, 3-year-old Ella Reznik bounded toward an array of hoops and candy-colored bouncy balls, her ponytail and her mother trailing her. Ella's brother Adam, 4, padded along nearby on rubber black mats and inspected some metal bars bolted to the wall. The gym's owner and coach, Michele Kelber, greeted the Rezniks and other children with a series of high-fives and smiles. Soon, class was underway: duck, duck, goose; burpees; and dangling from monkey bars.
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