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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.
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
On Nov. 16, 2016, The Legislative Analyst's Office released it's annual Fiscal Outlook report. The report describes the office's assessment of the state's economy and budget over the 2016-2017 through 2020-2021 period.
The report discusses child care and some topics of interest include:
Click here to read the full report.
- Overview of State Subsidized Child Care
- Assumptions Underlying Child Care Forecast
- Child Care Cost Projected to Increase Notably in 2017-2018
- Out- Year Child Care Costs
- California in Midst of Responding to New Federal Requirements
Department of Labor
A federal court on Nov. 22 blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers, 392,000 in California, eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season, dealing a major blow to the Obama administration's effort to beef up labor laws it said weren't keeping pace with the times.
The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction, saying the Department of Labor's rule exceeds the authority the agency was delegated by Congress. Overtime changes set to take effect Dec. 1 are now unlikely be in play before vast power shifts to a Donald Trump administration, which has spoken out against Obama-backed government regulation and generally aligns with the business groups that stridently opposed the overtime rule.
What does this mean to you?
If you want to learn more about the Overtime Rule as it was originally written, we suggest that you visit the DOL website.
- As a result of the ruling, employers currently do not need to comply by the original December 1 effective date.
- The injunction is temporary pending further review by the court.
- We have no way of knowing if or when the status of the regulations will change.
When Temporary Assistance for Needy Families replaced the existing welfare program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, in 1996, it established work requirements and time limits on cash assistance, with the stated aim of helping families achieve self-sufficiency. Recognizing that mothers now required to work would need help affording child care, Congress provided a significant boost in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. TANF had some initial success in moving mothers to work during the strong economy of the late 1990s. However, with its strict work requirements and flat funding, TANF failed to respond to the increased needs of families struggling during the economic downturn, and has left many families without assistance during the slow recovery. Compounding this challenge, many families no longer able to receive TANF cash assistance have not been able to turn to child care assistance to help them get back to work because child care funding has also been stagnant. A number of states' policy decisions have made it even more difficult for families to access TANF or child care assistance. As a result, many families are left without either a primary or back-up safety net as they struggle to meet their basic needs and ensure the well-being of their children.
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.
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.
Arrow Benefits Group
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, individuals are required to have health insurance, while applicable large employers are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees. In order for the Internal Revenue Service to verify that (1) individuals have the required minimum essential coverage, (2) individuals who request premium tax credits are entitled to them, and (3) ALEs are meeting their shared responsibility (play or pay) obligations, employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees and insurers will be required to report on the health coverage they offer. Final instructions for the 1094-B and 1095-B and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms were released in September 2016, as were the final forms for 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. The reporting requirements are in Sections 6055 and 6056 of the ACA.
Reporting was first due in 2016, based on coverage in 2015. Reporting in 2017 will be based on coverage in 2016. All reporting will be for the calendar year, even for non-calendar year plans.
On November 18, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-70, delaying the reporting deadlines in 2017 for the 1095-B and 1095-C forms to individuals. There is no delay for the 1094-C and 1094-B forms, or for forms due to the IRS.
Early Education and Support Division
The California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR), Chapters 19 and 19.5 will be current and aligned with California laws enacted over the past several years as well as the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program Final Rule published September 30, 2016.
This will be achieved by amending, adding, or deleting appropriate child care and development sections of 5 CCR, following the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) rule making process, which includes public comment periods.
The 5 CCR sections which will be updated will be determined based on the need to comply with California laws and federal laws and regulations. Early education contractors, stakeholders, and appropriate state agencies will be invited to submit suggestions of 5 CCR sections needing to be updated.
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.
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!
California Department of Education
California Education Code (EC) Section 8265(d) allows a rate increase for contractors on a case-by-case basis in order to maintain service levels for contracts currently at a rate less than the Standard Reimbursement Rate. Increases approved through this application will be retroactive to July 1, 2016. Contractors may apply for a rate increase if the contract rate for a center-based child development contract has a daily rate less than $40.20 for General Childcare and Development Program or $40.45 for California State Preschool Program, and secondly meets one or more of the following:
In all cases, contractors must clearly demonstrate that the current year's projected costs have increased and thereby threaten continuation of the existing program. Copies of prior and current year documentation for all areas of increased costs must be attached.
- Loss of program resources from other sources;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate how the loss of supplemental funds or in-kind contributions will affect the program. Copies of correspondence from the funding source(s) documenting the reduced funding must be submitted. The loss of in-kind contributions must be quantified with a dollar amount.
- Need of a contractor to pay the same child care rates as those prevailing in the local community;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate how their current contracted rate has had an adverse effect on the quality of care offered by the contractor. The lesser of the contractor's documented requested contracted rate, the SRR, or the Reimbursement Ceilings for Subsidized Child Care fund found on the Reimbursement Ceilings for Subsidized Child Care Web page at http://www3.cde.ca.gov/rcscc/ will be used to determine the maximum rate allowed.
- Increased cost directly attributable to new or amended regulations;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate that they will experience a cost increase as a direct result of one or more provisions of a new or amended regulation. To be considered under this criterion, contractors must identify and describe how each new or amended regulation will increase cost.
- Increased costs necessary to maintain the prior year's level of service and ensure the continuation of the program;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate that they will experience a cost increase that threatens the ability to maintain the prior year's service level. To be considered under this criterion, the contractor must provide documentation of each cost increase.
Documentation must reflect a complete audit trail for increased costs. For example, applications based on labor cost increases must be documented by board-adopted salary schedules for Fiscal Years 2015–2016 and 2016–2017, listing of the appropriate staff on the salary range or step, and the number of staff affected. Board minutes can indicate that the FY 2016–2017 salary increase is contingent on the approval of the rate increase application. Any worksheets or calculations that help clarify and/or justify the amount requested should also be included.
Eligible contractors who wish to apply for a rate increase must complete the attached application (CDNFS 3104) and return it with an original signature to the Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services unit by January 31, 2017. No faxed applications will be accepted, because an original signature is required. Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline to be considered. Extensions will not be granted.
Applications will be evaluated based upon the information and documentation submitted, as well as an analysis of the contractor's historical earnings, and expenditure data gathered through the annual CDNFS contract review process. If available information does not clearly support the amount being requested, that portion of the request for a rate increase will be denied. Rate increases are subject to availability of funding. Under earnings may be used to fund the rate increase; however, the contract service level may not decrease below the current level of services being projected in FY 2016–2017.
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"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.
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.
Childhood education lays the foundation of good careers and can prevent future academic failure, states a new study on early childhood education. Children, who complete preschool education, have a significant improvement in alphabet recognition skills as compared to those have just begun preschool, the study adds.
Three new reports from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families suggest the gap in ECE participation rates between low-income Hispanic children and their peers appears to be closing. Latino families are more willing to enroll their children in ECE programs than ever before. The federal government, states, and local communities have all been doing their part to increase the supply of ECE programs and to encourage even the hardest to reach populations to enroll their children in these programs, in which they have been historically underrepresented.
There's a lot attention right now on improving attendance in schools — making sure kids don't miss too many days. But what about the littlest students — those 3 and 4 years old? New research shows that if kids miss a lot of preschool, they're way more likely to have problems in kindergarten or later on. Researchers and many top preschool programs are focusing on one solution as a way of getting pre-K attendance up: Home visits at the beginning of the year, before kids start missing and before parents have a chance to feel skeptical about the school.
HealthDay News via UPI
In a bit of good news, the rate of diagnoses for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among U.S. preschoolers has leveled off, a new study finds. At the same time, the prescribing rate of stimulant medications for these young patients has also stayed steady, a promising trend that researchers credit to treatment guidelines that were introduced in 2011.
North Carolina's investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, research from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy finds. The research looked at more than 1 million North Carolina public school students born between 1988 and 2000. Researchers asked whether the state's Smart Start and More at Four programs provided long-lasting benefits for children, or if previously seen positive results diminished by the end of elementary school.
A little over a quarter of New Hampshire families paying for child care spend more than 10 percent of their income doing so, according to a new University of New Hampshire study. Mean child care expenses in the Granite State were $7,798, the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy study found. Though New Hampshire's share of families putting more than 10 percent of their income toward child care was higher than average compared to other states, it wasn’t by much. Nationwide, 26.8 percent of families paying for child care are cost "burdened," meaning they pay more than 10 percent of their incomes, according to the study.
The most important thing you can do to set up your tinkering space for primary students has nothing to do with the space. Of course you'll need space for your students to work in, but the physical space for tinkering matters much less than the mental space that you create for young makers. To be effective tinkerers, students need to achieve a state of mind in which they are primed to play and make joyful discoveries.
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Most preschoolers with mood, behavior and social disorders would benefit from non-drug therapies, but few receive this type of help, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians reports. As many as one in 10 kids younger than 5 years old experiences these kinds of mental health problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a new report.
What would it take for “every child to succeed,” as our new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) suggests? States can choose to use this major federal education legislation, which at its core is intended to address inequities in educational opportunities, to refocus on the early years–birth to third grade. State forerunners in addressing early learning in their draft ESSA consolidated state plans released for public comment are Illinois, North Carolina and Washington, and we know that early childhood leaders in several other states are working hard to develop early learning focused recommendations for their states’ ESSA plans. We propose a bold challenge–what if every state submitted an ESSA state plan that prioritized resources and strategies on children preschool to third grade?
Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. ET — Professionalizing Early Childhood Education: Your Role in the Next Era
Adapted PE: Innovative Ideas for Inclusion
Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time
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With the number of students with disabilities on the rise, more schools are in need of skilled teachers with adapted physical education training. Unfortunately, many teachers do not have the necessary training to help them in supporting all their students. Join Greg Lukshaitis, the 2015 SHAPE America Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year, as he provides educators with innovative ideas to support students with disabilities in a physical education setting. Greg will focus on how to create an environment that is safe and effective, share ways to modify activities, and share how to implement equipment effectively. Greg's goal is to support educators in understanding how to create a class environment where each student is supported, challenged, and successful.
Presenter: Greg Lukshaitis, the 2015 SHAPE America Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year
Attendees will learn...
- How to stage a class environment that is functional and safe
- How to modify activities for students with disabilities
- How to use equipment effectively
Large Classes? Limited Space and Time? No Problem!
Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time
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The amount of time you are able to spend with your students is decreasing, while the number of students you work with at one time is increasing! Your goal is for your students to be moving and learning efficiently, instead of wasting valuable time standing in lines.
Are you equipped?
Whether you are a new instructor, or just looking to freshen up your curriculum with new content and ideas, the tips and resources provided in this webinar will help!
Please join us to learn tips and techniques, and the array of educational resources that SPARK offers to help you make the most of the time with your students.
Presenter: Sandy Spin Slade, President and Founder of Skillastics
A STEM Skillastics Activity Kit, provided by Skillastics will be raffled off at the end of the webinar to one lucky attendee. You must attend live to be entered!
- Solve the issue of students standing in lines
- Learn how to integrate physical activity with academic and nutritional concepts with maximum participation
- Eliminate the distractions that occur in teaching sport skill development
- Learn to promote Physical Education to large groups outside the gym environment (Family Fitness Events)
- Learn about Skillastics, and innovative twist on traditional circuit training
Your professional development begins here! Each summer SPARK conducts 2 day "Institutes" for each program in beautiful San Diego that are similar to the SPARK Premium Program — yet offer an even richer, in-depth training experience.
We only offer Institutes once a year, and attendance is limited to 40 (on a first registered basis), so make sure to register soon! Registration is now open for the 2017 SPARK Institutes.
The SPARK Institute early registration deadline is April 21.
Select a program below to learn more & register:
We hope see you in San Diego this summer!
Is Your Business Ready for the New Overtime Rule?
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