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By: Michael Lujan, RHU, CHRS via PACE
Still don't have health insurance? If so, it's OK. You are one of more than 3.5 million Californians who are uninsured and can get covered right now. Open Enrollment for health insurance started Nov. 15 and you have until Feb. 15 to enroll in something. Based on your income, you could qualify for free Medi-Cal or possibly a huge subsidy to help pay for your private health plan offered through Covered California. Click here are ten good reasons you should get covered now.
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PACE 2015 Directory
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Events you don't want to miss
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- PACE Leadership Summit
Feb. 27-28, 2015
- PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
- DSS Regional Trainings 2015
Stay tuned for published dates!
California Department of Education
The Early Education and Support Division periodically issues Management Bulletins to provide legal and regulatory information to child development contractors and other interested parties. This is a complete listing beginning with calendar year 2000, with links to those that are still in effect or that provide historical information.
Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2014 Report
Eleven million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in the United States. The Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2014 Report summarizes the cost of child care across the country, examines the importance of child care as a workforce support and as an early learning program, and explores the effect of high costs on families' child care options. This year's report continues to expose child care as one of the most significant expenses in a family budget, often exceeding the cost of housing, college tuition, transportation or food.
Child care and education costs are off the charts. Literally
The Huffington Post
The costs of educating and caring for children just keep soaring. Just check out this chart from a recent Brookings Institution analysis of consumer price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing how various costs have changed relative to median U.S. household income in recent decades.
Full-day preschool linked with increased school readiness compared with part-day
Journal of the American Medical Association via Science Daily
Children who attended a full-day preschool program had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills (language, math, socio-emotional development, and physical health), increased attendance and reduced chronic absences compared to children who attended part-day preschool, according to a study.
Is rubber mulch a safe surface for your child's playground?
According to the EPA, benzene, mercury, styrene-butadiene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, and arsenic, among several other chemicals, heavy metals and carcinogens, have been found in tires. Studies have found that crumb rubber can emit gases that can be inhaled. When the material gets hot, it can increase the chances that volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and chemicals can "off-gas," or leach into the air. One study that analyzed rubber mulch and rubber mats, published in the scientific journal Chemosphere in 2013, concluded that "Uses of recycled rubber tires, especially those targeting play areas and other facilities for children, should be a matter of regulatory concern."
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Innovative practice: 5 strategies for the early learning classroom
A marble rolls down a ramp, and children cheer as it reaches the target they have adjusted numerous times. After a small-group reading of Frog and Toad, children gather in a community of inquiry to discuss the nature of being scared and brave at the same time. In an adjacent area, two children complete their construction of treasure chests. They begin classifying rocks as gems or geodes, sorting them into the compartments of their wooden creations. A child preserves flowers using waxed paper and heavy books in the science center.
Study: Toy scooters are driving more and more kids to the emergency room
The Washington Post
In 2000, the Razor scooter landed on the U.S. toy market and took off. The foot-powered scooter, which offered a smooth, speedy ride and was maybe even a little cooler than a bike, sold more than 5 million units in six months and was named Spring/Summer Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association. But around that same time, non-fatal emergency room visits by kids associated with their beloved toys also spiked, according to a new study.
Mississippi, let parents have information about child care centers
The Hechinger Report
When it comes to making decisions about child care, parents in Mississippi don’t have many facts about the quality of centers other than a star-rating system in which participation is voluntary. But more detailed information about all of the 1,757 state-licensed child care programs does exist. Mississippi Department of Health officials inspect each center at least twice a year and report violations. They also keep records of official complaints made against the centers by parents or other members of the community and the results of subsequent investigations. These reports are public records and should be available to anyone who asks for them.
Here's where child care is the least affordable around America
The Huffington Post
To the surprise of no one, child care remains massively expensive and is putting a huge strain on the
bank accounts of families around America. The Child Care Aware of America released its latest report about the costs of child care around the country. As in previous years, the results were bleak. Even though this is the eighth year the organization has been releasing such a report, authors say "the picture for families has not improved ... and child care remains one of the most significant expenses in a family budget."
Management harassment training
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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