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|In Loving Memory of Craig Hammer
On behalf of the Professional Association of Childhood Educators let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing a great educator, an amazing leader, a past PACE Board Member, Friend, Colleague and advocate in the field of Early Care and Education.
Craig Hammer, a leader and friend of many in Early Childhood Education, passed away in early October. Many of you know him as the owner and operator of Educational Programs Inc. which developed the Serendipity School's in the San Gabriel Valley with former locations in Van Nuys and the Inland Empire. Craig was active in the "preservation of play", especially outdoor play. He was a certified playground inspector and strongly encouraged outdoor play for children and "the Outdoor Classroom."
He was well known and involved, including being on the boards, with many professionals in the field such as PACE (Professional Association of Childhood Educators), NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), SCAEYC, CAEYC, and Foothill AEYC, just to name a few. NAEYC Accreditation and its' standards were very important to Craig, which led to some of his schools achieving NAEYC Accreditation. He was also an NAEYC Accreditation validator.
Craig was a very strong advocate for children, early childhood educators and owners. He had been heavily involved with Public Policy and legislation. He enjoyed attending conferences both local and far away, including the groups already listed as well as WSLN, Western States Leadership Network, just to name a few.
Craig's health had been a challenge in recent years, but his passing was quick and unexpected. Craig's wife, Linda Quirk-Hammer, will be assuming his responsibilities for Educational Programs, which has been a family business since 1972. Craig is survived by his wife, son, daughter, two grandsons, and two granddaughters. Those who have worked with him through the years at Serendipity Schools, Playfactory Preschool, Cal-Tot Child Care Center, and Dove Day School shared his delight in music, blocks, laughter, stories, nature, baseball and of course, childhood. He will be remembered fondly by all.
In lieu of flowers or cards, Craig's family has asked donations be made in his name to these organizations that he loved and supported: Big Bear Alpine Zoo www.bigbearzoo.org, the Nature Conservancy www.nature.org or the National Wildlife Federation www.nwf.org.
Over 500,000 school students and untold teachers attend school in proximity to the heaviest and most hazardous agricultural pesticide use in California. Many of these pesticides are known to cause cancer, or linked to impacts on the developing brain or hormone system. On Sept. 30, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed new rules that would restrict the most volatile methods of application — aerial spraying, fumigation and air blasters — providing a 1/4 mile no-spray zone around daycares and K-12 public schools. Like the Healthy Schools Act, which regulates pesticide use on school campuses, the new rules would also provide school officials with information about annual use of pesticides and regular updates on proposed applications.
Comment deadline is Dec 9. Please consider downloading and submitting your own letter, personalizing it, and emailing it in: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Additionally, please consider attending one of the three hearings across the state:
For more information about the rules, the hearings or submitting comments, please contact Paul Towers, Organizing Director & Policy Advocate at PAN: 916-588-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thurs, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. to register and testify: Salinas Sports Complex, Exhibition Mall, 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas
The California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has released three Early Childhood Education–focused surveys for stakeholder feedback. These surveys reflect the work of the Commission's Child Development Permit Advisory Panel.
In addition, Commission staff has developed an informative short video presentation to walk you through the content of each of the surveys. The link to the video is included at the beginning of each survey.
By completing these surveys, you and your colleagues will be providing valuable input to both the Child Development Permit Advisory Panel and the Commission for considering possible next steps. In addition to completing the surveys, please also share the survey and video links with any colleagues or stakeholders whom you believe would be interested in providing feedback.
The surveys will remain open for public input through Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Child care funding is important to help parents obtain and retain a job. If we heard one thing from this election, it’s that working families want to be heard – that Congress needs to support the needs of working families and make working families a priority.
Take the 5 Action Steps below and be sure to share your stories so we can track progress and highlight your efforts!
The election is now behind us, and there are many takeaways from this historic political process that we can use to craft our strategy moving forward. I hope you have had a chance to review the special ECEC Election & Federal Policy Update we sent out yesterday — forwarded again at the end of this message for your convenience.
Immediately following the election, I represented ECEC in a convening with many of our national advocacy partners in Washington, DC and together we resolved to move forward in a bipartisan and unified way to protect and grow investments in high-quality child care and build upon the early learning proposals that have been put forward by our newly elected leaders wherever possible.
Some key things to keep in mind as we work together to ensure that early care and education is a top priority in the next Administration, Congress and in your state legislatures:
5 ACTION STEPS TO TAKE NOW!
- High-quality early care and education is perfectly positioned to continue to garner bipartisan support.
- Support for increased federal and state investment in early care and education is consistently high across the political, geographic, and demographic lines that have divided American voters and policymakers.
- Accessible, affordable high-quality child care is a core strategy for restoring the American dream for hard working families.
- Now, more than ever, ECEC will be a respected voice and leader for early care and education.
- As the collective business voice for our field, we have a real opportunity to demonstrate how high-quality child care empowers our current workforce, fuels economic growth in the short-term, and produces proven benefits for individuals and society in reduced healthcare costs, increased school achievement and a more educated and productive workforce.
- We can do this.
- We know that everyone can support high-quality child care and early learning - because they have. We look forward to working with our President-Elect, members of Congress, and state leaders to create solutions that give all parents the tools they need to go to work, stay on the job, and raise healthy, productive children.
- Call and congratulate your elected officials. Schedule meetings with each of your representatives (new and old) before the end of the year.
Write a note to non-elected candidates. Send a note to candidates who did not win elections and thank them for being willing to serve their community — running for office is hard! While a candidate may not have won this time, he or she may run again in the future. Furthermore, as a community leader, the candidate should continue to be cultivated as an early childhood champion.
Make sure your materials are up to date so that you have handouts for the meeting. Check out fact sheets on your ECEC online action center page that you may be able to use in your meeting to supplement any brochures your program may have.
Contact your members of Congress and request an increase in funding for child care as part of any continuing resolution extension or funding bill for FY2017. [An online link will be coming soon to make this easy for you to contact Congress).
Organize within your state to ensure that child care programs have a united front. Develop a state policy agenda with your state's key advocacy allies. (ECEC can help you on this effort, however, it is important to begin thinking now about a united front for January state legislative sessions).
- Use these meetings to get a sense of where members stand (what are THEIR priorities?) and provide an initial opportunity for educating them.
- Position yourself and your organization as a resource to the policymaker.
- Use the attached talking points to craft your own customized messages.
Find California General Election information: here.
Click here to read "Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election"
Approved Ballot Measures Relevant to Education:
- Proposition 51: California voters have approved a 9-million dollar bond for school construction projects across the state.
- Proposition 55: Continues the tax rates instituted by Proposition 30 through 2030. The tax increase impacts the 1.5 percent of Californians with a single income filing of at least $263,000 or a joint income filing of at least $526,000.
- Proposition 58: No longer requires English-only education for English learners and allows schools to utilize multiple programs, including bilingual education.
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Following the November 2016 election, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next President of the United States on Jan. 20. The Republicans will also have the majority in the Senate (51 Republican, 47 Democrat) and in the House of Representatives (238 Republicans, 191 Democrat). As a result, the political atmosphere is favorable for the Trump Administration to begin implementing its healthcare policy objectives.
National Farm to School Network
In a time of change, many of us reflect on our values and passions and consider the kind of community we want our children to live in. We consider various policy options and how they have (or have not) worked to improve the lives of children and families across the country. Those of us involved in the fields of healthy food access or education will be looking for supportive policies in these areas, hoping that policy makers will continue projects like Let's Move! or increased funding for Head Start programs. We'll also hope that current battles, like those over Child Nutrition Reauthorization, will be resolved with the best possible outcome for children's access to healthy food. A supportive policy environment, along with ingenuity and perseverance from the early care and education community are vital components to ensuring that all of our nation's young children have access to healthy, nutritional foods and high quality learning opportunities.
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.
Donald Trump was elected president. For the fourth time in U.S. history, a candidate has won the presidency through electoral college votes, but failed to win a majority of actual votes. The New York Times projects that President-Elect Trump will lose the popular vote by about 1.3 percent (while potentially obtaining 306 electoral votes, 14 percent more than Secretary Clinton). The three previous Presidential elections where the President was elected while failing to gain a majority of the popular vote were: Bush in 2000, Harrison in 1888, and Hayes in 1876.
California Department of Education
We are very pleased to share the final version of Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: Implementation Plan for the State of California, which is available at the following link: http://twb8-ca.net/files/CA_TWB8_Implementation_Plan.pdf.
The website for this project (http://twb8-ca.net) has been updated to include some overview and summary language; as well as links to download a two-page summary, full plan and appendices.
In addition, a number of resources for communicating this plan will be available at http://twb8-ca.net/communication-resources/, including:
We encourage you to use the information and resources at the links above to share this plan and associated materials with your colleagues and networks.
- Talking points (including a one-minute overview and detailed talking points)
- A message template for sharing the plan with your colleagues and networks
Both First 5 California and CDE Early Education and Support Division will be making formal announcements about the release of this plan in the coming week. However, we wanted to share the plan and associated materials with you in advance.
While the release of this plan is a key milestone, our collective work to achieve the objectives outlined in the plan and determine the specific actions necessary to do so, is ongoing. Moving forward, the Core Team (originally consisting of co-leads from the three work groups that worked to develop the plan content, and now with slightly modified membership) will continue to meet on a monthly basis to guide implementation of this plan.
We would like to reiterate our deep thanks for your participation and thought partnership throughout this planning process, and for your ongoing dedication to California's young children and the adult professionals supporting them. Thank you!
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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.
Harvard Family Research Project
Now is the time to come together to insure that all our children have the opportunities to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in a global society. Our children's success will depend on our working together to build learning pathways that equip children in every community in the country to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Our nation is in a period of transformation, one in which advances in brain science, technology, and education clearly show how children, from birth on, learn, not just in classrooms, or on school days, but anywhere and anytime.
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
NOTE: The Senate and the Assembly are in final recess until Dec. 5.
Scholastic Inc. (commentary)
Shari Carter, a contributor for Scholastic Inc., writes: "If you have young children you are planning to read to during the days that lead up to Thanksgiving, these books will be perfect for you! I have included some of my very favorite stories, and I absolutely love sharing them with my kiddos during this time of year. Each story is paired with activities to enhance your little learners' reading experience, and make your teaching just a little bit easier!"
For years, students learned to associate No. 2 pencils with going to school. In today’s classrooms, technology is becoming just as synonymous with school as writing utensils. This fall, the Department of Education made it clear that it is trying to provide clarity into the role technology should play in school, particularly for the youngest of learners. In their "Early Learning and Educational Technology Policy Brief," released with the Department of Health and Human Services, the department outlined their vision for how early learners can use technology to expand learning and collaboration at school and home.
Do you remember when your very favorite part of the school day was recess? Many of the reasons that outdoor play was so exciting then have not really changed over the years. Outdoor play is still a time to interact with friends, to run and stretch big muscles, to yell out loud, to let the imagination soar, to be messy, to fly like the wind, or to sit quietly in the tall green grass while being a seamless part of the natural environment.
Health Medicine Net
Many education experts believe children's preschool years are important to their educational development and preparation for success in school. Although the benefits of attending preschool may seem apparent, limited evidence exists to support this based on large scale state-wide studies. Now, a new study from the University of Missouri College of Education has found that, on average, children who completed preschool make large improvements in their alphabet recognition skills compared to children have just begun preschool.
Over the past 20 years, both charter schools and pre-kindergarten education have taken on increasingly prominent roles in the schooling of America's children. Charter schools in 43 states now serve more than 2.6 million students—roughly six percent of all students attending public schools. And more than two-thirds of 4-year-olds attend some form of public or privately funded preschool, with 1.4 million of them enrolled in state-funded pre-K programs.
In conversations about early education it's pre-K programs for 3- and 4-year-olds that typically garner the most attention. But a well-connected early education system isn't one that begins at age three or four. Rather, it's a continuum of early learning that is available from a child's earliest months of life, continuing into pre-K for children ages three and four, and ending with the early elementary grades.
Small Business Trends
As the line separating the digital and physical world continues to blur, learning the language that brings them together has become an important asset. Coding is now being taught to very young children, and Cubetto is a toy robot designed to teach the principles of coding while having fun. Cubetto is approved for children ages three and up so they can develop computational thinking skills during the playing process. According to the company that created it, Primo Toys, this is accomplished in an age-appropriate method that compliments a child's natural way of learning.
Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. ET — Professionalizing Early Childhood Education: Your Role in the Next Era
Is Your Business Ready for the New Overtime Rule?
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Employers must be in compliance with the higher Department of Labor salary threshold standard for overtime exemption by December 1. Are you prepared? ThinkHR's compensation expert Renee Farrell provides additional insights into employer compliance with this rule as a followup to the webinar she conducted back in May.
Onboarding Tips to Start the Employment Relationship Right
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