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2016 Joint Annual Conference
October 21-23, 2016
DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
Special Thanks to our 2016 Conference Exhibitors, Partners & Sponsors! Thank you to our Conference Committee! Click here.
Arrow Benefits Group — PACE Partner — Gold Sponsor
BB&T Insurance Services — PACE Partner — Luncheon Sponsor
Bozzuto & Associates Insurance Services, Inc. — Breakfast Sponsor
Brandman University — PACE Partner
Child Care Careers
Community Care Licensing Division (DSS) — Advocate Program
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Everest National Insurance Co. — PACE Partner — Luncheon Sponsor
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Kangarootime — Luncheon Sponsor
Kaplan Early Learning Company — General Session Sponsor
Lakeshore Learning Materials — School Tours Sponsor
Little Bird Courage
Melody Tree Music
Mindful Media Management
Musical PE Plus
Sacramento Children's Museum
Uren & Myers Insurance Agency — PACE Partner — Gold Sponsor
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Oct. 21 — Leadership Seminar & World Café Highlights — click here!
Oct. 21-23 — Full Conference Highlights — click here!
Are you usually the only person from your center who comes to PACE's annual conference? Have you considered finding a way to celebrate the staff members without whom your life might fall apart? We have a wide range of excellent workshops for infant toddler, preschool and your school age teachers!
Bring them with you to the PACE conference this year in Sacramento Oct. 21-23 and they can earn professional growth hours too as well as the required healthy schools act training! Your team can hear new ideas, recharge their batteries, & visit local centers by registering for the school tours! It’s a professional, yet intimate conference, and a great way to celebrate all they do for your center.
It's also an opportunity for you to reconnect with lots of team building. There are many great places for small group conversations to happen at the Doubletree by Hilton Sacramento.
Catherine Flores-Martin, Executive Director for the California Immunization Coalition, will be outlining the new legislation requirements for students and staff immunization. The presentation will be Saturday Oct. 22 at the PACE Annual conference in Sacramento under the workshop tilted: Preventive Health and Wellness.
The workshop will outline:
Please visit the PACE website to register for the Fall Conference and please stop by the Health and Wellness Workshop.
- SB 792 Childcare Staff Immunization Requirements
- SB 277 Student Immunization Requirements
- Immunization Schedules and Timetables
- Reporting Requirements
- Access to Immunization Services, including free programs
- ACA Coverage for Preventive and Immunization Services
- Government Programs for Preventive and Immunization Services
PACE Attorney Phillip M. Cunningham will present an update on the newest labor laws affecting our PACE members. These will include an overview of the new Federal FLSA overtime rules, which also affect the determination for exempt employee versus non-exempt; the status of the latest efforts to expand California Family Leave Law to cover smaller employers; upcoming changes in the minimum wage and as always the latest about what DSS is up to and where the latest enforcement efforts seem to be concentrated. This is a great opportunity to talk to our PACE attorney and ask him questions for free, so be sure to take advantage of this great membership benefit!!
By: California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) Staff
What is the new HSA training requirement?
Beginning July 1, 2016 school IPM coordinators and anyone who may apply a pesticide at a school or child care center must take a DPR-approved training course before making a pesticide application.
Who needs to take an HSA training course?
Anyone using a pesticide, including licensed pesticide applicators, at a school or child care center needs to take an HSA training course. This includes, but is not limited to disinfecting wipes, sanitizers, and weed-killers.
How often must HSA training be completed?
School district staff, child care center staff, and any other unlicensed individuals using pesticides at a school or child care center must take a training course each year.
Licensed pesticide applicators must take a training course once during each renewal period.
What courses will meet the training requirement?
A course must be approved by DPR and must meet the training requirements as outlined in the Healthy Schools Act. Check the sections below for more information about approved courses.
Child care program managers should be aware of a new training requirement that took effect July 1, 2016.
Click here to read about how all California licensed child care centers are affected.
Find out more by attending the Leadership Training at the 2016 PACE Conference and hear from the source, Bobbie Rose, UCSF. California Child Care Disaster Plan 2016 — Developed by the UCSF California Childcare Health Program with funding from the California Department of Education.
The inherent relationship between language, literacy, and the visual and tactile has long been explored both in practical application and academic theory. Stimulating critical thinking and language use through visual images and physical objects is standard practice for children in the early stages of language and literacy development.
Childcare of Choice
You may not have given much thought to the "branding" of your child care center. We're a child care center, you're probably thinking. But make no mistake: You do indeed have a brand, whether or not you've taken any active role in shaping it. Your brand is simply how you — and your child care center — are perceived in the minds of your customers and potential customers.
A child placed in day care is no more likely to gain too much weight than a child who stays home with a parent, a new study indicates. Earlier research had suggested there may be an increased risk of obesity for children in day care. But a new analysis reveals that the potential association between excess weight and non-parental child care faded away after researchers took into account other factors that also influence childhood obesity.
Early childhood professionals have individual preferences about how they like children to behave (Eddowes, Aldridge, & Culpepper, 1994). Early childhood professionals also play a critical role in helping children accept themselves as unique (Aldridge, 1993). While students preparing to work with young children learn about cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development, they often neglect to study personality development (Aldridge & Cowles, 1990). The study of personality is important because a child's temperament influences the teacher more than the child's intelligence (Lerner & Lerner, 1986). In fact, teachers often give grades and implement classroom management strategies based upon specific children’s temperaments (Pullis & Cadwell, 1982).
University of Colorado at Boulder via Science Daily
Sleep-deprived preschoolers consumed about 20 percent more calories than usual, 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates, say researchers. The following day, the kids were allowed to sleep as much as they needed. On this "recovery day," they returned to normal baseline levels of sugar and carbohydrate consumption, but still consumed 14 percent more calories and 23 percent more fat than normal.
U.S. New & World Report
Early childhood advocates have long touted the return on investment that stems from investing in children birth to age 5 — and rightly so. Researchers estimate that for every dollar we invest in young children, we get $7 back in the form of savings from improved child outcomes and reduced need for social and educational interventions. Less understood is the cost of the status quo — or the cost of doing nothing — as the United States has largely chosen to do, making the U.S. an outlier among industrialized countries. But a new report from the Center for American Progress suggests that families pay a steep price when we as a nation don't invest in young children: working families lose $8 billion per year in forgone wages because they lack access to affordable child care.
Preschoolers' fine and gross motor skill development is indicative of later performance on two key measures of kindergarten readiness, according to a study published today by researchers from Oregon State University. Preschoolers who performed better on fine and gross motor skill assessments early in the school year were more likely to have better social behavior and "executive function," or ability to pay attention, follow directions and stay on task later in the school year, scientists said.
Amber Angel decided to enroll in college soon after her daughter Lennon, now 7, was born. "I wanted to make something of myself, so that I could provide for her better." Angel was 21 at the time, working part-time at the Gap. Angel drove past Los Angeles Valley College, a local community college, and noticed a swing set on the edge of the campus. "I really just stumbled on it, and I knew this was how I could go to school, to have my daughter there with me," said Angel, who is now 28 and working as a mentor to other student parents at LAVC.
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr
Good news! Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2036, which requires online child care job posting services to fully disclose what is and is not included in their background check. It will also require companies that host job posting websites for nannies and babysitters to post a statement about TrustLine.
AB 2036 is an important step towards protecting children in license-exempt child care situations by giving parents the information, resources and tools they need to help them make the most informed decisions about the individuals they hire to care for their children.
Click here to read the full report.
Department of Finance
California Child Care Programs Local Assistance — All Funds 2016-2017 Budget Act
Department of Education Child Development Programs 2016-2017 Budget Act
The Office of Child Care
The wait is over! The Office of Child Care is proud to announce the release of new final regulations for the Child Care and Development Fund. As you know, in 2014 Congress reauthorized the Child Care and Development Block Grant and made sweeping changes to the law, and this rule is necessary to address those changes. The rule is the product of much time, research, and careful consideration of comments received on the NPRM. When fully implemented, the provisions in the rule will:
Of course, the path to full implementation will require continued effort and the Office of Child Care remains committed to partnering with you in this journey. Although this regulation will take effect 60 days from publication, ACF's goal is to support your successful implementation by Sept. 30, 2018 for States and Territories, and Sept. 30, 2019 for our Tribal partners. I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have dedicated so much of your time and energy to realizing the purposes of the CCDF program while strengthening child care systems, providers, and the early childhood workforce. Every day, you make the hours children spend in child care a little better. We also owe much gratitude to our policy team, all Office of Child Care staff, to all our partners in HHS, and the leadership of the White House. You can find the new regulations by visiting our CCDF Reauthorization webpage. We'll be adding additional resources to our website as they become available, so check back in the coming days and weeks for more information.
- Protect the health and safety of children in child care;
- Help parents make informed consumer choices and access information to support child development;
- Support equal access to stable, high quality child care for low-income children; and
- Enhance the quality of child care and the early childhood workforce.
NOTE: The Senate and the Assembly are in final recess until Dec. 5.
Legislative Analyst's Office
The 2016-2017 Budget: California Spending Plan (Click here to read full update). Below is an excerpt:
"...2016-17 ends with $8.5 billion in total estimated reserves-up by $1.1 billion from the amount now estimated at the end of 2015-16. This shows that estimated state General Fund revenues ($124.2 billion) exceed total General Fund expenditures ($122.5 billion). Spending includes both ongoing program costs and one-time items, such as $1 billion in state office building replacements. If revenues differ from the budget assumptions-for example, if 2016-2017 revenues are higher or lower than the assumed level in Figure 2-reserves would differ from this total."
Maintaining the Momentum to Reduce Child and Family Poverty
In-Depth Lessons from the 2015 Census Poverty and Income Reports
On Sept. 13, the U.S. Census Bureau reported important economic improvements including sharp reductions in the poverty rate and in the share of Americans without health insurance. Yet those improvements co-exist with distressing and persistent disparities that could undercut the nation's future by hindering success for America's next generation. What should Americans take from these findings, and how can they guide action? This report unpacks the key data points, including insights from CLASP's original analysis of the data; places them in the context of research about the causes and consequences of poverty; and proposes an action agenda of policy solutions. Click here to read more.
The Cost of Work-Family Policy Inaction
Quantifying the Costs Families Currently Face as a Result of Lacking U.S. Work-Family Policies
The lack of federal work-family policies in the United States marks the nation as an extreme outlier among other advanced economies. Unlike every other wealthy country in the world, the United States does not guarantee workers the right to paid maternity leave, nor does it guarantee the right to paid leave for any reason at all. Worse still, families in the United States pay a significantly higher price for child care than families in most other comparable economies. This lack of investment in policies to support U.S. working families depresses labor force participation, holds back economic growth, and has negative impacts on families' well-being. Click here to read report.
ECEC Federal Policy Update
On Sept. 28, two days before the end of the fiscal year, Congress approved a Continuing Resolution to continue federal funding through Dec. 9. A 10 week CR was necessary because the fiscal year ended September 30th and Congress was scheduled to adjourn (i.e., recess through the November elections). Funding was largely continued at FY2016 levels (a freeze) until final determinations can be made in December. Note: An across-the-board spending reduction of .5 percent was applied in order to keep spending below budget caps.
Many funding decisions will need to be made when Congress reconvenes after the election. It is unclear whether funds will be frozen as part of an FY2017 six month CR, a year-long CR, or potentially informed and adjusted based on committee action earlier this year. As a reminder, the House Appropriations Committee bill included an increase of $40 million for child care and the Senate bill included an increase of $25 million.
In support of our field, we want to know what your organizational priorities are. Does your organization have an approved set of public policy or budget priorities? Please share with us.
Also, we all know that the increase in the minimum wage will have ripple effects to all parts of the child care and early learning systems. If you can share with us the impact the minimum wage increase will have on you as a provider, a centers, or to your parents, let us know. Please share with us.
If there is information that you would like collected from the field, let us know.
Child Care Law Center
On April 4, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 3 (Leno), which will raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, giving California a path to the highest state minimum wage in the country. Higher income, itself, has a demonstrated positive impact on family and child health and education outcomes. The Child Care Law Center joins others in celebrating this historic achievement. At the same time, we urge serious consideration of systemic issues highlighted by the increase's impact on the long radically under-compensated field of child care.
To read more about the phase in of the minimum wage and the impacts to providers and parents of our programs, the Child Care Law Center has put together some information. Click here to read.
Next week the California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care California Department of Social Services and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Early Learning and Educational Support Stakeholder Group will convene to discuss impacts our field is expressing in regards to the higher wages.
Please share with us any information that can be put forward. We know the minimum wage will impact providers, parents, and community resources that support them. The more detailed information you have in regards to the impact to staffing, access, ability to Let us hear from you.
Click here to read A Rising Minimum Wage Reinforces the Case for Boosting Investment in California's Child Care and Development System, by the California Budget & Policy Center.
Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing
Click here for Summaries and Implementation Plans.
"We have parents that volunteers for special events (ie. field trip, graduation, special parties, carnivals, etc) in our programs. With the new immunization requirements, will this apply to the parents?"
The Program recently released the official guidance for the new law that was created by SB 792, Please see the link to the Implementation Plan (see page 5).
Here are the excerpts from that IP relevant to your question.
Licensing Program Analysts will review personnel records to ensure that all employees and volunteers at a child care center or family child care home have been immunized against pertussis, measles and influenza, unless they qualify for an exemption. LPAs will additionally review records to ensure compliance with the tuberculosis clearance requirement as modified.
For purposes of this immunization requirement, a volunteer is defined as any nonemployee who provides care and supervision to children in care (Health and Safety Code sections 1596.7995 (e) and 1597.622 (d)). Within a child care center, "care and supervision" is defined in Title 22, California Code of Regulations, section 101152 (c) (3), which includes the provision of basic services necessary to obtain and maintain a child care center license. Within a family child care home, the Department shall address whether a volunteer is engaged in care and supervision on a case-by-case basis.
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InterAct 2017: A CLASS Summit
Teachstone is now accepting proposals for InterAct2017, its upcoming CLASS-user summit on April 24-25 in Austin, TX. Session tracks for the Summit include: Collecting and Using Data, Coaching and Professional Development Tips, and Implementation Stories from the Field.
In addition to attending engaging sessions, InterAct attendees will also be able to learn about the latest CLASS products and trends, network with other education leaders, and discuss their successes and challenges with improving the quality of teacher-child interactions.
The call for proposals closes on Oct. 17. Click here to learn more about InterAct.
Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. ET — "Assessment Literacy" for Early Educators: Unpacking Intentional Child Assessment
Cate Heroman and Jenna Bilmes
Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. ET — Helping Children Rebound from Traumatic Experiences: How to Create Classrooms That Support Recovery from Traumatic Experiences
Cate Heroman and
Register now for one or more of these free Webinars focusing on DRDP (2015), DRDPtech© and the DRDP (2015) Portfolio App!
DRDP (2015) Webinars (Special Topics)
DRDP (2015) Portfolio App Webinars
Counseling, Disciplining & Terminations
This webinar will focus on the proper ways to counsel, discipline and/or terminate an employee. Most employee lawsuits against an employer originate from employers not handling one or more of these processes correctly possibly resulting in fines and/or penalties to the employer.
Date: Oct. 26
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Cost: Clients: Free (With Coupon Code)
Non-Clients, GGRA, & PACE: 49.00
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3-Hour DESSA Comprehensive System Webinar
Presented by: Paul LeBuffe, DCRC Director
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Dates and Times: Thursdays, Nov. 3 & 10 from 1-2:30 p.m., East Coast Time (Both sessions required)
This webinar will train participants to utilize the DESSA Comprehensive System to meet these emerging standards as well as support the healthy social and emotional development of their students. The system includes the DESSA-mini a universal screening and progress monitoring tool, and the DESSA, an assessment of eight key social and emotional competencies. The use of the system in screening, assessing, promoting and evaluating social-emotional competencies will be the focus of this webinar. In addition, the use of the DESSA Comprehensive System in promoting parent-professional collaboration will be highlighted.
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