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 Industry News


Do child care centers have to pay staff for time spent in training?
Earlychildhood News
Most states require child care teachers and staff to take a specified amount of annual continuing education. Teachers and staff often attend training sessions after regular working hours. Does the center have to pay them for this training time? That question has caused considerable confusion across the country in recent months. Many states require annual staff training. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires that staff get paid for training time if the training is required to keep their jobs. Yet regional offices of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor have ruled differently as to whether providers must get paid for training time.
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Early childhood education that focuses on executive function improves later school performance
Medical Daily
Science is beginning to show more than ever that a child's performance in school is largely dependent by how much they know prior to beginning kindergarten. According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds score 60 percent lower in cognitive tests than kids with richer parents. When it comes to math scores, poor black kids score an average of 21 percent lower than whites, while Hispanics score 19 percent lower. Pre-K and kindergarten classes are meant to balance these disparities, but curriculums and resources often vary between poorer and richer schools.
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Research consensus for early childhood education backed in letter by over 500 researchers
Investinginkids
Tim Bartik, a contributor for Investinginkids, writes: "A letter was released on Nov. 12, 2014, signed by over 500 researchers and academics, that expresses the strong research consensus that supports investment in high-quality early childhood education. I am honored to be among this group of signatories, which includes many well-known researchers. The letter can be found at the NIEER website. Here is the full list of the over 500 signatories. The letter reflects the broad range of research consensus that backs the effectiveness of early childhood education. As the letter says, research shows that quality early childhood education not only improves academic achievement outcomes, but also improves future adult outcomes, for example by increasing earnings and reducing crime."
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What's the point of teaching math in preschool?
Brookings Institution
Twenty years ago few preschools (or parents, for that matter), paid much attention to teaching mathematics to four-year-olds. In 1998, for example, only four percent of a nationally representative sample of American children entering kindergarten could add or subtract. Today, math is firmly entrenched in the pre-K curriculum. And the Common Core State Standards, which are the new instructional guidelines for K-12 math instruction in 40+ states, and which require kindergartners to engage in algebraic thinking, are being extended downward into pre-K in many locales.
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Improving teacher preparation requires less tinkering, more transformation
EdCentral
Nationally, enrollment in traditional preparation programs is on the decline and interest in alternative routes, like Teach For America, is on the rise. Ed Week's Stephen Sawchuk recently reported that — despite already having small undergraduate and master's programs for aspiring teachers — Harvard University's Graduate School of Education will launch the Harvard Teacher Fellows program, a new alternative pathway to prepare undergraduates for careers as secondary teachers. The HTF initiative appears to respond to this larger trend — about 1 in 5 Harvard undergraduates apply to TFA — as well as to public and local criticism of TFA.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Daycare and preschool: The keys to a great education (The Daily News)
Preschool and politics (Preschool Matters ... Today)
Pre-K has changed. Can teachers keep up? (Slate)
Federal policy can help avoid tragedies of unlicensed child care (EdCentral)
Good but not good enough: Moving public will on early childhood education (The Huffington Post)

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Tools of the trade: The abacus
NPR
For this series, we've been thinking a lot about some of the iconic objects that some of us remember using — if only for a short period of time — in our early schooling. Slide rules, the recorder, protractors and Bunsen burners. But when the abacus came up, we were a bit stumped. "Does anyone still use this thing?" we wondered. "And how the heck does it work?" These days, you're most likely to find the simple abacus in the hands of preschoolers — with rows of rainbow-colored beads that kids can push around and shake and rattle. But the abacus is much more than a fun toy for 3-year-olds. It's a fairly sophisticated calculating device that dates back to antiquity.
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Political strategists urge lawmakers to 'seize opportunity' on early education
Education Week
The GOP and Democratic leaders can find common ground in supporting early childhood education, according to a post-election memo drafted by Jim Messina, a former White House deputy chief of staff and the manager of Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, and Kevin Madden, a former senior advisor to Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.
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Mom's age affects kid's school performance
Yahoo News
No one said it was easy to be a teenage mom. Between the fact that they tend to lack the resources older moms have and the stigmas they have to put up with on a daily basis, it’s simply not an easy job. And new research from University of Michigan brings more bad news: The children of young moms tend not to perform as well academically as kids born to older parents — even when a variety of other possible explanatory factors are controlled for. The researchers examined data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, a large cohort of kids who were regularly checked in with from the time they entered kindergarten in 1998 until 2007. They found a significant achievement gap between kids born to mothers 18 or younger and those born to mothers 19 or older when it came to math and reading.
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The pitfalls of social media with teachers, coaches, parents and minors
HR Ideas
Protecting the Children- Protecting Your Organization
Social media is embedded in today's culture and is the "go-to" communication of children of all ages. Adults communicate to the children using social media, which may put the children and the adults at risk. Attend this complimentary webinar to learn about the risks, and what steps your organization can take to protect the children and keep your organization out of harm's way.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
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Mandated reporter training
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Protecting the Children- Protecting Your Organization
Whether your organization is for profit or not-for-profit, you are held to the same standards when it comes to protecting the children your staff and organization comes in contact with. It is your ethical and legal responsibility to report any incidents of child abuse or neglect — not doing so is putting you, the children and your organization at risk. Join Us for this informative training to learn about your legal responsibilities as a mandated reporter.

Training Includes:
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* Knowledge assessment test

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 3
Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
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Cost*: HRI Clients: Complimentary with HRI Shield Plan. Accessible through eHRI. Non-Clients/Members; $25/person

*Cost is per person. Payment is billed at the time registration forms are received. 48-hour cancellation notice required for refund. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be credited for future classes.

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Ebola webinar
HR Ideas
Ebola is on everyone's mind these days. But many California employers are not aware of how Ebola can affect their business today.

Join us for an informative webinar to learn about Ebola, how it can affect your business, and your responsibilities as an employer to keep your employees and your business safe.

Thursday, Nov. 20
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
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Management harassment training
HR Ideas
Harassment Training for Managers — fulfills AB1825 Requirement
California law AB 1825 requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide all managers, supervisors, leads, or anyone advising employees with two hours of interactive sexual harassment training every two years.

All supervisory personnel must be trained within six months of their date of hire or promotion, and every two years thereafter. Supervisory personnel have a personal responsibility to keep the workplace free of harassment; failure to do so can lead to a financial fine to the supervisor/manager. Attending this seminar will meet legal requirements and reduce the company's exposure, educate your management and improve your company's work environment.

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English Harassment Training
Date: Monday, Jan. 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: GGRA Conference Room
220 Montgomery St, #990
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Cost*: HRI Clients, GGRA, CLIA Members: $85/person (with promo code) Non-Clients/Members; $105/person

*Cost is per person. Payment is billed at the time registration forms are received. 48-hour cancellation notice required for refund. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be credited for future classes.

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