PACE Spotlight
Mar. 17, 2015

PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
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PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
Ontario, California

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California has highest child poverty rate in nation
KPBS
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation revealed California's child poverty rate — 27 percent — is the worst in the nation. The report found California's rate is five points higher than the second-worst states, Arizona and Nevada. The foundation's numbers come from the Supplemental Poverty Measure, developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. It takes into account government assistance programs that are not included in the government's traditional method of measuring poverty. More

Kids on the move: Afterschool programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity
The Afterschool Alliance
A decade ago, 6.5 million children were in an afterschool program. Today, that number has reached more than 10 million. Concurrently, afterschool programs have continued to grow in sophistication, increase their offerings and improve quality. As the role of afterschool programs has evolved from primarily providing a safe and supervised environment to a resource that provides a host of supports for their students, programs have become valuable partners in helping students reach their full potential in school, career and life.More

Parents' and providers' views of important aspects of child care quality
Child Trends
A new Child Trends paper, Parents' and Providers' Views of Important Aspects of Child Care Quality (March 2015), summarizes findings from a survey of providers and families in two states (Maryland and Minnesota) regarding their views on quality in child care. Results of the survey showed that parents and providers agree on many aspects of quality, but not all. Over half of parents and providers believed knowing about children's changing needs is most important. However, half of providers felt that caring about the entire family (not just the child) was important, while only 16 percent of parents did. More

Pre-K works especially well for children of immigrants
EdCentral
Conor P. Williams, a senior researcher in the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, writes: "In journalism, an 'evergreen' story is one that can hook readers' interest on a regular, reliable basis — no matter what else is going on. When it comes to writing about education, stories on how the American student population is changing are about as evergreen as it gets. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. I've written more than a few posts and columns using that framing. I use that angle both because the demographic changes are facts and because they're a compelling way to get attention."More

Adjectives, social cues, screens and more: What scientists know about baby brains
Education Week
Sarah Roseberry Lytle, the director of outreach at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, hosted a popular session on early cognitive development at SXSWedu in Austin. The national education conference is known for drawing people interested in science and technology, so Roseberry Lytle's focus on brain science proved a draw. Twitter users, who were legion at the conference, used the hashtag #babybrains to comment on her session." More

Maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting program — Report to Congress
U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources
A recently published report, "The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation: Early Findings on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) — A Report to Congress" (2015), provides information on early results from the federally required evaluation of the MIECHV program. Some key findings include: 1. States used initial MIECHV funds primarily to expand the use of four evidence-based home visiting models in at-risk communities. More

Contra Costa receives $1.4 million grant to improve preschool quality for low-income children
San Ramon Patch
The Contra Costa County Office of Education has received a $1.4 million grant to improve the county's preschool education programs for low-income children. Contra Costa was one of sixteen California counties to receive a grant. The goal is to increase the number of low-income children attending high-quality preschool programs, which research shows prepares children for success in school and life.More

5 ways to set limits
Earlychildhood News
The goal for setting limits is to give as much responsibility as possible to the child. One contrast between rules and limits is that rules require the adult to take most of the responsibility. The adult must make the rules, enforce the rules, and apply some kind of punishment. Limits, however, require the child to accept responsibility for her own behavior and limits never require punishment. This is why limits contribute to the normal development of the child's independence. With that in mind, here are the five ways to set limits. They are interchangeable so you can choose the methods that best suits each situation and each child.More

Parents' depression can lead to toddlers in trouble
Northwestern University via Science Daily
A father's depression during the first years of parenting — as well as a mother's — can put their toddlers at risk of developing troubling behaviors such as hitting, lying, anxiety and sadness during a critical time of development, according to a new study.More

Picking a preschool is hard enough without having to worry about vaccination
Los Angeles Times
Finding a preschool might seem at first like just another routine chore of parenthood, another box to check off right about the time your kid turns 2 or 3. But the process is actually quite arduous, with everything from cost (can you afford a second mortgage?) to the guilt caused by leaving your child in the care of a stranger (with extensive training, to be sure) conspiring to make even the most career-oriented parents reconsider the virtues of single-income living.More

New preschool lesson teaches programming theories
UPI
A new activity designed for preschoolers allows participants to program a robot named Dragonbot to respond to series of stimuli. What appears to be little more than having little ones put stickers on a piece of paper turns out to be world's first computer programming class for preschoolers. Designed by researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory, the activity works as follows: children, ages 4 to 8, build templates using square, triangle and arrow stickers. They then fill in these templates with symbols for stimuli (thumbs up or thumbs down) and responses (facial expressions). More