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Imagine enrolling 36 new children in 3 short weeks! Or transforming your workplace culture in 60 days! Or growing your child care business by at least 33% in as little as 60 days.
That's what internationally known child care business success mentor, Julie Bartkus, helps child care owners accomplish.
We were thrilled to have Julie present at PACE's 46th Annual Education Conference and as an extra gift to you, we've arranged for Julie to do a live 60-minute training with you Thursday, Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. PST. This is a free gift to you from us here at PACE and the only investment you have to make is an hour of your time.
Julie will be presenting her in-demand program called: The 5 Profit Killers That Your Security Cameras Will Never Reveal To You.
Even if you were with us at the conference, you'll want to tune in again and get ready to transform your program and, as many of Julie's clients say — transform your life.
Here's the link where you can reserve your seat and get the details. All you need to participate is a phone or computer and — if you cannot make the live event — still register and we'll make sure you get access to the re-broadcast.
Please take a few minutes and mark the date and time on your calendar because what Julie has to say is so good — you really don't want to miss it!
A big congratulations to our first employee handbook contest winner, Sara at MPS Technical! Sara wins and Apple Watch. Get your employee handbook submitted before our next drawing at the end of this month for the chance to win an Apple Watch! Follow the link below for more information on how to enter.
Michigan Employment Law Advisor
Does your company rely on performance reviews for evaluating and managing employees? Probably; performance reviews are a staple for human resource professionals when it comes to evaluating employee performance. Neuroscience, however, is calling into question the value of such reviews.
After months of searching for the missing piece to the company's puzzle, a job offer was finally made and accepted. Unfortunately, what seemed like a match made in heaven is more like the opposite. The company's new hire turned out to be a lot less efficient than they originally claimed, likes to dish out plenty of criticism (but can't take it) and is just plain difficult to work with.
The world is getting faster, more demanding, more competitive, smarter and is changing constantly. Are employees doing the same? Are they getting faster, stepping up to or are ahead of the demands, becoming more competitive or adding to their knowledge base at the rate of the changing marketplace? Frequently and sadly, the answer is, "No."
Workplace Class Action Blog
In a recent order in Medici, et al. v. City of Chicago, Case No. 15 C 5891, 2015 WL 6501153 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 27, 2015), Judge Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a class action brought by three City of Chicago police officers who alleged that a new Chicago Police Department policy requiring on-duty officers to cover personal tattoos violated the officers' First Amendment rights. This opinion is instructive for public and private employers formulating and enforcing uniform and dress code policies.
Dec. 2, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET — Come on In! How Directors and Teachers Can Use Rituals and Traditions to Create Community!
By: Jacky Howell and Kimberly Reinhard
Dec. 9, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET — Managing Mild Autism in Early Childhood Inclusive Classrooms: Top Teaching Strategies for Children with Mild ASD
By: Michael Assel and Libby Hall
Dec. 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET — Social-Emotional Learning & ECE Program Culture: How to facilitate resilience and inclusive culture
By: Dr. Maurice Elias
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January PACE Regional Trainings — Look out for the registration information soon
You don't want to miss out on this Employment Landmines 2016 training in your area:
Employment Landmines 2016, presented by Deisy Bach, CEO of HR Ideas
- Jan. 13, 2016 — Southern California (2 trainings)
- Jan. 28, 2016 — Sacramento California
- Jan. 29, 2016 — Bay Area Regions (2 trainings)
With a new year comes new laws and changes to existing laws. From new regulations associated with the Equal Pay Act to new Mandated Reporter requirements, a number of new bills, laws and legislative issues go into effect on January 1, 2016. It is essential that employers understand these changes and how they will impact their business and operations.
Failure to do so may result in costly penalties, fines and potential lawsuits. Join HRI for our annual Employment Landmines seminar where we’ll review these changes and provide best practices and strategies for compliance for 2016.
A little about our presenter Deisy Bach, CEO of HR Ideas:
- Trends in 2015
- Changes in Mandated Reporter laws
- New labor laws, changes and regulations kicking in for 2016
- How these changes will impact your business operations
- Potential pitfalls, penalties and risks to avoid
- Safety updates and changes for 2016
- Best practices for getting and staying in compliance in 2016
Deisy has over twenty years' experience in human resources, with fifteen spent providing outsourced HR solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the US and Canada. Her experience encompasses most areas of human resources, including in-house and field support, call center, payroll, employee benefits, and HRIS implementation. During the course of her career, Deisy has successfully developed, implemented, and managed several departments, including an international division.
Deisy received her bachelor’s degree from Montclaire State University in Montclaire, New Jersey, where she majored in both political science and sociology. Deisy is also a paralegal; having completed one of the first ABA approved certificate programs in the country. Deisy is a PACE partner.
At the state level, early childhood education has been embraced by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers. At the national level, however, bipartisanship breaks down, according to Erica Greenberg, a research associate at the Urban Institute who conducted a survey of preferences for government-funded preschool in 2013. According to her findings, 31 percent of Republicans wanted to see a decrease in public preschool spending, compared to 5 percent of Democrats. The partisan divide appears to be driven by Republicans' distrust of federal involvement, her research suggests.
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
This brief is based on findings from the Early Childhood Education Higher Education Inventory conducted in several states: California, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. This brief highlights the extent to which ECE teacher preparation is currently integrated across the birth-to-age-eight continuum, and on variations in field-based practice opportunities for teachers of young children.
U.S. Department of Education
Over the past six years, the U.S. Department of Education has empowered states to develop locally tailored solutions to ensure students — regardless of disability, race, zip code or family income — graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life. The Department is helping to support the transformation of the education landscape by working with states, districts and educators to put in place the building blocks for schools to provide a world-class education for all students including, students of color, students with disabilities, low-income students, English learners and other traditionally underserved populations.
U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates parents with a baby born last year will spend an average of $245,340 to raise the child to age 18. U.S. News looked into money saving techniques for families in areas such as child care costs. A 2015 Care.com report found the national average for two children in day care is $18,000. Parents are encourage in the article to do research on cost before paying someone under the table to watch their children.
The first state funded Pre-K class in Fort Payne, one of the pilot sites 15 years ago, has reported that every student except one is now in college. The Alabama School Readiness Alliance research shows students who participated in Alabama's Pre-K program outperform their peers and that Pre-K alumni were less likely to commit a crime or rely on costly social welfare services. Statewide, a total of 11,000 4-year-olds are learning in Alabama's First Class Pre-K program this year. By December, the state will reach 20 percent of 4-year-olds thanks to expanding programs in Mobile; the goal is to serve around 70 percent of 4-year-olds by 2023.
The Rivard Report
Pre-K 4 SA is moving into the final phase of its promise to improve education outcomes in San Antonio through high quality pre-kindergarten. In addition to providing tuition-free education to local families and free training to local educators, Pre-K 4 SA will now multiply its effects again by funding innovation in existing programs. Proposals are being accepted now through Dec. 18 for $4.5 million in competitive grants to early childhood education centers, private and parochial pre-schools, and Independent School Districts in the San Antonio area.
Addison County Independent
Parents and officials at schools around Vermont are working on a state mandate that pre-kindergarten services be offered to eligible students through public schools or private programs. Act 166, signed into law in 2014, requires all school districts in Vermont to offer 10 hours per week — during the 35 weeks of the academic year — of pre-K education to children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten.
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
The Huffington Post
The people taking care of America's children are some of the lowest-paid workers in the country, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute. The report found that nationwide, median pay for child care workers is $10.31 per hour — 39.3 percent less than the median wage of $17 an hour earned by workers in other sectors. In fact, a look at official data shows that median child care worker pay is only slightly higher than median pay for retail salespeople, which is $10.29 an hour. At the same time, child care is prohibitively expensive for most American families.
Sarah attends a kindergarten program for 4-year-olds. After school, she is bussed to Sunshine Place, an after school care program. Sarah is a small, quiet child and has no close friends. She tells her parents she doesn't want to go to Sunshine Place but won't explain why. Betty is also bussed to Sunshine Place from another school where she attends a kindergarten program for 5-year-olds. Betty likes to sit next to Sarah and make fun of her. Betty calls Sarah "baby" or "wimpy" when Sarah starts to cry on the bus and at Sunshine Place. After seeing a quarter Sarah had in her pocket, Betty demanded Sarah give her money every day. Betty has threatened to hurt Sarah if she tells anyone. This is an example of verbal bullying.
Bilingual preschool children can use digital tablets as a special resource. They can listen to books in their language, use pedagogical applications and communicate with children in other preschools using for example Skype — which is particularly important for children that speak minority languages. This was found in a new thesis from Uppsala University.
The Washington Free Beacon
The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly a half a million dollars for researchers to observe how much time preschoolers in daycare spend outdoors. The project will also use GPS and light sensors to track kids' physical activity levels in a "robust" effort to fight childhood obesity. "Physical activity lowers the risk of obesity in children, is independently associated with numerous benefits related to health and well-being, and tracks from preschool-age to adolescence," according to a grant awarded to Seattle Children's Hospital. "The amount of time preschoolers spend outdoors is thought to correlate with their physical activity levels."
Last year at preschool, Elena would stomp her foot when she got upset. When her teachers sternly told her there would be no foot-stomping in the classroom, she simply stomped harder. It was a power struggle with no victors. Elena, who has autism, was miserable at school. Her teachers were frustrated — ultimately telling Elena's mother, Kristin Miesel, that the girl might have to be physically removed from the classroom if her emotions continued to escalate. Miesel, a school psychologist at a Jefferson County elementary school, chokes up remembering that moment.
The University of Stavanger via Science Daily
Two-year-olds with poor language skills fare worse than their peers at play and, subsequently, fall behind socially. This was the finding of a new study from the Stavanger Project at the Norwegian Reading Centre, University of Stavanger. While 70 percent of 2-year-olds with normal language development function well when playing with other children, only 11 percent of 2-year-olds with poor language skills manage to play with others. Children with poor language skills also have problems keeping up when playing.
The nation's governors are asking Congress to keep Preschool Development Grants as part of the federal budget for fiscal 2016. In the letter, written on behalf of the National Governors Association, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state and Republican Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama told four members of Congress that the grants are crucial to providing services for younger children, especially English language learners and those with special needs, as well as for providing professional development for teachers. The grants were included in a budget bill approved by Congress in early 2014, which gave President Barack Obama's administration $250 million to distribute to states, although Obama originally wanted $750 million in federal cash.
Fortune via The Huffington Post
Education. There are just not enough women graduating with the science, technology, engineering and math skills needed to become the next generation of leaders. Today, technology is disrupting virtually every industry in every country around the world. And as we look ahead, it's clear that more and more jobs will require STEM skills, including computer science. By 2020, in the U.S. alone, there will be 1.2 million jobs requiring computer-related skills. This should offer amazing opportunities for people in computer science and with other relevant skills, regardless of gender.
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