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Child Care Aware of America
For the first time in 18 years, Congress has passed CCDBG Reauthorization, as the bill now awaits President Barack Obama's signature to become law. The Senate voted to pass S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 led by Senators Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Richard Burr, R-N.C. and Representatives John Kline, R-Minn., George Miller, D-Calif., Todd Rokita, R-Ind., and David Loebsack, D-Iowa. In September, the House approved the measure by a voice vote, sending the amended version of the bill the Senate originally passed 96-2 in March 2014.
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Study: Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages, The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Staffing
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
The National Child Care Staffing Study released in 1989, brought national attention for the first time to poverty-level wages and high turnover among early childhood teaching staff, and to the adverse consequences for children. In the succeeding 25 years, combined developments in science, practice, and policy have dramatically shifted the context for discussions about the status of early childhood teaching jobs, and the importance of attracting and retaining a well-prepared workforce that is capable of promoting young children’s learning, health and development.
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Thank Congress for reauthorizing CCDBG
Early Care and Education Consortium
The Senate made historic and bipartisan progress by passing the Child Care and Development Block Grant. The newly reauthorized CCDBG significantly improves child care safety, quality and access through a series of key provisions. The bill includes new language that directly addresses affordability, continuity of care, and cost stabilization that will both benefit families and support providers. Much of this language came directly from ECEC member perspectives that were communicated to Congressional leaders through a variety of channels.
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State preschool expansion funds available — private providers apply now!
California Department of Education
This is an opportunity for private center based providers to apply for state preschool funds. Don't miss this important opportunity especially when it will give you access to the quality funding that will be available predominately for state preschools. The timeline is short so act soon!
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 Industry News


Paper, Paper, Everywhere...
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
Organizing documentation is an important part of an Administrative Rating Scale assessment. So, where do you begin? At first, organizing your paperwork can seem like a daunting task; however, the four tips below will help you get your papers in order and make the task more manageable. To show how these tips can be implemented, examples have been provided for each as they relate to the Program Administration Scale for center-based child care and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care.
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CalChamber releases list of new employment laws affecting businesses in 2015
CalChamber Advocacy
The California Chamber of Commerce released a list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2015 or earlier that will have an impact on businesses in California.
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When young children use profanity: How to handle cursing and name calling
Earlychildhood News
Jimmy and Tommy (two 5-year-olds) are playing together in the block area. When Jimmy won't share a block that Tommy feels he needs, Tommy calls Jimmy a "poop head." Ms. Smith, Jimmy and Tommy's teacher, overhears the exchange. What should she do? Ignore the bad language? Give Tommy a warning? Put Tommy in timeout? On a more philosophical level, Ms. Smith wonders if calling another child a "poop head" is really all that bad. After all, there are much worse words that Tommy could have used. Language values clearly vary from one community to another.
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Worthy work, still unlivable wages
EdCentral
Recently, New America hosted the release of Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study, by Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips and Carollee Howes. The Staffing Study first shined a light on the fact that many early care and education teachers earn poverty-level wages a quarter of a century ago. This new report provides an update on the state of the child care workforce and offers new evidence of their economic insecurity.
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Using texting to boost preschool reading skills
Scope
A new program that sends weekly texts to parents to remind them to engage in simple activities to boost their preschooler's literacy skills appears to help children read. The program, called READY4K! and developed at the Stanford School of Education by education professor Susanna Loeb, PhD, and graduate student Benjamin York and tested at preschools at the San Francisco Unified School District, underwent an 8-month pilot conducted in 2013-2014.
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Preschool and prekindergarten are the same thing — aren't they?
The Atlantic
Less than half of all 3- and 4-year-olds across the country are enrolled in any sort of early education, largely because of how pricey these programs can be. That's a shame, advocates argue, considering the research showing the positive, long-term impact a quality early-education experience can have on a child's life — all the more so if that child comes from a low-income family. In particular, these advocates want every child to have the opportunity to attend prekindergarten.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Do child care centers have to pay staff for time spent in training? (Earlychildhood News)
Early childhood education that focuses on executive function improves later school performance (Medical Daily)
Research consensus for early childhood education backed in letter by over 500 researchers (Investinginkids)
What's the point of teaching math in preschool? (Brookings Institution)
Improving teacher preparation requires less tinkering, more transformation (EdCentral)

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Preschool nutrition can be challenging
CentralIllinoisProud.com
Does your child eat three meals a day with healthy snacks along the way? I often find myself talking to parents about establishing healthy eating habits especially when you have a preschooler. Preschool children, specifically the 2- to 5-year-old set are notoriously picky eaters, and parents need to recognize that this is developmentally appropriate, although frustrating for parents.
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Senate votes to help low-income families pay for childcare, but more action is needed
Salon
The Senate voted to reauthorize a federal childcare subsidy program that hasn't been updated in two decades, proof that the Senate can sometimes do things that are moderately OK things to do. The Child Care and Development Block Grant program allocates $5.3 billion in funds each year so that states can subsidize and improve childcare for low-income families. Among some of the changes made in the reauthorization bill, the version heading to President Barack Obama's desk allows children to remain in the program for a full year, creating a more reliable system than the one currently in place.
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Revisiting early childhood teachers, 25 years later
Preschool Matters ... Today
The new report revisits the topic of teacher wages and working conditions in light of the dramatic increase in attention to, and investment in, early childhood education in the last 25 years. Despite this focus at the local, state and federal government levels, as well as in private industry and philanthropy, early childhood education teachers are still struggling to get by.
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A look inside the revised Child Care Development Block Grant Bill
Education Week
The U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan revision of the Child Care Development Block Grant, which now heads to the president's desk for his signature. Lawmakers and early-childhood advocates hailed the passage of the bill, which helps low-income families pay for child care. It has not been revised since 1996. Here's a look back at the history of the law, and some of the notable changes.
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 Webinars


Desired Results Developmental Profile — DRDP (2015) Teacher Training
Center for Child and Family Studies
Learn about:
  • The terms and layout of the DRDP (2015)
  • Use of documentation and evidence to rate measures
  • Importance of inter-rater reliability
Date: Monday, Dec. 1
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Meaningful Observation (2015) Teacher Training
Center for Child and Family Studies
Learn about:
  • The Purpose of Observation
  • Observing and Collecting Evidence
  • Organizing an Observation System
  • Reviewing and Reflecting on Documentation; Rating the Desired Results Developmental Profile - DRDP (2015)
*Previous attendance of the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) teacher training or a working knowledge of the DRDP is recommended.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 3
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Mandated reporter training
HR Ideas
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:
* Certificate of completion
* Knowledge assessment test

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 3
Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Webinar
Register: Click here

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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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.

Certificate of completion issued.

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
Register: Click here

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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