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- PACE Leadership Summit
Feb. 27-28, 2015
Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco, CA
- PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
- DSS Regional Trainings 2015
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The White House wants you to know that preschool is really good for the economy
The Huffington Post
A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers makes the case that investing in preschool education is absolutely worth it. The report, released Wednesday morning, comes out the same day that the White House is convening a Summit on Early Education. While President Barack Obama has not yet persuaded Congress to pass a major preschool expansion bill, he is expected to point to other indications of progress. The president is set to announce which states and communities are receiving some $750 million in federal grants for the expansion and improvement of early childhood education programs. He's also expected to say that corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders have committed over $330 million in support of the cause.
New bill would significantly expand state preschool in California
The Hechinger Report
Another bill proposing to significantly expand state-funded preschool has been introduced in California. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, is the author of AB 47, which would expand the state's full-day preschool program for low-income children so that all eligible children are granted a spot. Currently, the program enrolls about 140,000 3- and 4-year-old students from families who make 70 percent of the California median annual income ($46,896 for a family of 4) or less. The state didn't provide enough money to offer spots to another 32,000 children who meet the qualifications.
10 ways to improve playground supervision
Many of the accidents that happen in child care programs happen on the playground. Of these, many of the most serious can be related to lack of proper supervision. Child care regulations issued by the states are generally silent on outdoor playground supervision. Indeed, the general rule appears to be no rule at all, or implicitly to allow less supervision on the playground than indoors. But the opposite should be true.
Early education has its day
Preschool Matters ... Today
The White House hosted its first Summit on Early Childhood Education. The Summit brought together a wide variety of stakeholders, including local government officials; private philanthropy; researchers; federal government officials; and business leaders. The president's remarks can be seen here. The event also launched the InvestInUs campaign, administered by the First Five Years Fund to encourage private-public investment in a range of early childhood activities.
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Study: Parent program helps kids' reading
The adage that "parents are a child's first teachers" applies to learning to tie shoes and ride a trike. But parents also can be crucial when it comes to learning to read and write — especially if they get some guidance along the way, according to recent research. The nonprofit research organization Child Trends looked at nearly two dozen evaluations of Raising A Reader, a California-based program that teaches parents how to be reading mentors to their kids. The Child Trends report found that parents who received training in the most effective ways to encourage kids' reading were more likely to report positive changes in their children, such as improvement in spoken language skills, ability to ask questions and turning pages in a book.
18 states awarded new Preschool Development Grants to increase access to high-quality preschool programs
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that 18 states have been awarded grants, totaling more than $226 million, under the Preschool Development Grants program. From the 36 applications the departments received, five states will be awarded development grants: Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana and Nevada. Thirteen will receive expansion grants: Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
Helping states improve and enhance early education for all
High-quality early education shouldn't just be a privilege for some children — it must be an opportunity for all children in America. We know the foundation of a thriving middle class is access to a strong education for every child beginning in the first few years of life. But right now, the U.S. ranks 28th in the world in preschool access for four-year-old children. The Obama administration is working to change that.
Why math might be the secret to school success
Little children are big news, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education. The president wants every 4-year-old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill. Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there's still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years. In New York City, an ambitious, $25 million study is collecting evidence on the best way to raise outcomes for kids in poverty. Their hunch is that it may begin with math.
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.
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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
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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