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PACE Executive Director, Gina Ayllon and Board Member, Mary Lou Johnson attended the California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care as well as the State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Early Learning & Educational Support Stakeholder Group on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
A California Legislative Budget update was presented from Debbie Look, Legislative Representative, Government Affairs, CDE.
2015-16 Child Care & Preschool Budget Actions
2015 Early Learning Bills
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference — October 16-18, 2015 - Ontario, California
Take a peek at workshop descriptions and the schedule of events.
Friday, October 16, 2015 - Opening Session 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Come hear Michele Silence MA, President of Aerobic Fitness Consultant (Kid-Fit) speak about
How Fitness and Nutrition Impact Preschool Children.
Click here to read her article on Preschool Fitness Tips
Saturday, October 17, 2015 – Morning Session 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Wake-up and Get Moving with Nick and Jen’s Interactive Music and Movement Come let Nic and Jen (aka Hip Hop Jen) take you on a magical adventure into interactive music and movement!
Saturday, October 17, 2015 – Luncheon Keynote Speaker 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Come hear Julie Bartkus, Founder of Child Care Business Success speak on “Bring that New Positive Energy back into the classroom…” at the 46th Annual Education Conference in Ontario
PACE 60th Anniversary Celebration
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Part 2 California Sick Leave New Update Effective Immediately
When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Or
Thursday July 30, 2015 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT Add to Calendar
Where:This is an online event
Significant amendments to the California Paid Sick Leave Law, went into effect immediately on July 13, 2015.
Key provisions of the Amendment affect calculation of the rate of pay, method of accrual of paid leave, and recordkeeping.
There are many factors to this bill including:
Rate of Pay Calculation
Alternative Accrual Methods
Reinstatement of Prior Accrued Time
Notice for Unlimited Sick Leave or Paid Time Off Policies
Other Areas of Clarification
Most of the Amendments will affect all California employers who currently are required to provide their employees with Sick Leave. Some of these Amendments, if accepted by the employer, will cause the employer to modify their written sick leave policy in their Handbook.
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AB 1825, Harassment Training for Managers, Required - July 30, 2015
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. Certificate issued upon completion.
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PACE Expands Health Insurance Network with Arrow Benefits Group
PACE has partnered with Arrow Benefits Group to provide the healthcare needs of preschool centers throughout the state of California. Through their vast network of California brokers, Arrow Benefits is offering customized programs and services specifically designed for PACE members and their employees. For example, Premier Access offers a custom dental program developed through Arrow Benefits that provides more choices, lower rates, and flexible participation.
Other services provided through Arrow Benefits include:
Through an added partnership with Covered California (SHOP) and Limelight Health, Arrow Benefits is also providing guidance on healthcare subsidies, which can reimburse employer groups up to 50% of their healthcare premium for up to two years.
- Compliance Services to satisfy Department of Labor and IRS reporting requirements
- HR Education, including a handbook workshop for the upcoming PACE Conference
- Online Enrollment Programs
- Healthcare Newsletter for teachers and parents
- HR Helpline for employer assistance
- Individual Coverage for medical and dental
For any questions, or to get enrolled into this program, please feel free to contact a familiar PACE partner and member: Nic Gutierrez — Arrow Benefits Group (888) 636-7655.
Compliance from HR insights
Employee Or Independent Contractor? US Department Of
Labor Provides New Guidance
The debate over classification of workers as employees versus independent contractors has yet another chapter. Last month, it was the California Labor Commissioner who sent ripples across the rideshare industry by telling Uber Technologies, Inc. that its drivers are employees, not independent contractors. This month, the United States Department of Labor decided it was time to throw its hat in the ring and weigh in on the matter by way of a fifteen page Administrator’s Interpretation issued by Dr. David Weil.
We're bringing our CLASS trainings to Sacramento from August 11–14 and would love to see you there! We'll be offering trainings at the Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K age levels, as well as some of our coach trainings that we rarely offer at our regional events.
Just for PACE members, save $150 on your Instructional Support Strategies registration (use coupon code ISS2015 upon checkout) or your Feedback Strategies registration (use coupon code FB2015 upon checkout).
Register now before spots fill up!
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Early Childhood Investigations Webinars- Free!
07/22/2015 11:00a, PST Exploring ADHD in Young Children, by Pamela Brillante, Ed.D.
07/29/2015 11:00am PST Quality Ratings, Common Core, AND DAP: Do they all play together? by Kyle Snow
08/05/2015 11:00am PSTSnagging Talented ECE Teachers: Attract, Engage, and Retain the Best Teachers Who are in for the Long
08/19/2015 11:00am PST Workshops Work! Hosting Literacy Workshops for Families of Preschoolers, by Kathryn Roberts and Nell D
09/09/2015 11:00am PST Eight Leadership Qualities That Advance the Right Choices for Young Children, by Maurice Sykes
Community Care Licensing's Summer 2015 Quarterly Update
Due to errors in the Criminal Clearance Transfers article in the prior version, a corrected version of the Summer 2015 Quarterly Update for Child Care is now available on CCL’s website.
Community Care Licensing’s Child Care Advocate Program
Providing information to parents,child care providers, employers, educators, and community groups to promote the delivery of quality child care in California
Minimum wage increase will lead to less child care, centers say
The higher minimum wage in the city of Los Angeles may harm the very poor families it is intended to help, according to members of the child care planning committee that advises the county.
The L.A. City Council voted Tuesday to raise the minimum wage from the current $9 an hour to $10.50 on July 1, 2016 and then in annual steps up to $15 on July 1, 2020.
City leaders proposed the increase to address California's income inequality and its high cost of living. But there may be unintended consequences for both child care providers and the low-income earners many of them serve.
The ability to read, write, and think critically are vital skills important at every stage of a person’s life to succeed academically, professionally and beyond. The Afterschool Alliance is thrilled to announce our continued partnership with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and open the call for nominations for our second Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.<>
We need you to help us find exemplary afterschool programs that provide year-round literacy support and guidance to their students. Last year we received more than 350 nominations for afterschool programs across the country and learned about the wide range of supports afterschool programs provide their students to increase their literacy skills—from an afterschool program in Atlanta, Georgia that provides one-on-one targeted support to refugee students in their community to a program in Dane County, Wisconsin that facilitates student-run newspapers. This year we are looking forward to hearing how afterschool programs are helping to develop their students’ literacy skills both during the school year and the summer. If you know a program that fits this description, nominate it today!
You can download a copy of the nomination form to review the questions prior to filling out and submitting the form online. Click here to nominate a program.
Nominations must be received by Aug. 27, 2015.
More detailed instructions on the nomination process are available on our website. If you have any questions, please contact Nikki Yamashiro at email@example.com.
Remember to forward this opportunity to your friends and colleagues!
-The Afterschool Alliance Team
First 5 California commissioner article in San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
Talk to your baby for the best future
The first months and years of a child’s life are precious. That’s a trite phrase, but I mean it in a specific way: the development of babies’ brains in their earliest hours, months and years are critically important, and we cannot afford to lose a moment to build the cornerstone of their futures. You can help your child learn and develop his or her brain. How? Talk to your baby.
George Halvorson is the former Kaiser CEO and current First 5 California commissioner.
Get pre-K policy right
U.S. News & World Report
As momentum builds to make pre-K more broadly accessible, it's important for policymakers – and the public – to pay attention to three key factors that will shape the effectiveness of any pre-K initiative: pre-K can only yield a return if it's of high quality, and quality is closely tied to our ability to find good pre-K teachers, parents should get choices when it comes to pre-K, and what happens before and after pre-K is just as important as pre-K itself. Policymakers and education leaders are encouraged to think about pre-K as part of continuum of education and support from the earliest years through high school graduation.
Report on kids' poverty in US raises eyebrows
A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation's economic turnaround. Twenty-two percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, with poverty rates nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians and problems most severe in South and Southwest. The report showed some signs of slight improvement, including high school graduation rates at an all-time high and a dipping percentage of uninsured children. But the problems extend beyond - and in some cases drive - increasing poverty rates. More children were raised in single-parent homes in 2013 than in 2008, and fewer lived with parents with secure employment.
Monitoring accommodations for effective learning
By Pamela Hill
Students who receive special education services rely on accommodations to help them learn and to help make learning environments accessible. The accommodations are typically chosen by the special education team during a student's annual or initial Individualized Educational Plan meeting. Accommodations can also be added any time a change is necessary. However, there are also formal measures that should be considered when recommending an accommodation.
Construction wave produces new and improved schools
State-of-the-art science labs, green buildings and internet upgrades are among major trends in school construction this year, as districts break ground on large projects that address aging facilities, increased enrollment and technology needs.
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Georgia's Pre-K Program to welcome 84,000 4-year-olds
The Associated Press via Education Week
Georgia's Pre-K Program will welcome 84,000 4-year-olds this school year.
Officials say the voluntary program, which is beginning its 23rd year, has been recognized as one of the top programs in the nation based on quality standards, teacher qualifications and enrollment.
Any age eligible child residing in the state may attend the program regardless of family income.
Identifying literacy and learning disabilities early
New research from Northwestern University has found a quick way to detect future literacy challenges in children who have not yet learned to read or write. The study, entitled Auditory Processing in Noise: A Preschool Biomarker for Literacy, found that preliterate children who were unable to successfully decipher speech in a noisy environment were more likely to have future trouble with reading and language development.
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Classroom pets have educational value, new study finds
A new study suggests the classroom pet is beneficial beyond the cute factor; having a pet in the classroom may provide real educational value through leadership skills and character building. The study was published by the American Humane Association in collaboration with the Pet Care Trust and was called "Pets in the Classroom." It featured quantitative survey questions and interviews from 1,200 teachers nationwide to arrive at its findings.
5 ways the tech industry is reshaping the education system as we know it
The Huffington Post
Education is experiencing a tech revolution. Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for parents with a secure login. Tech has even infiltrated the classroom with tablets and video conferencing enhancing student engagement and creating more opportunities for remote learning.
We need innovative ways to fund early childhood education
The Huffington Post
Many presidential candidates are talking about early childhood education as they stump through small towns across the country. It's an issue that is hard to argue with. And while lawmakers, candidates and the public agree that this is an issue where we need to focus our time and attention, it's often difficult to agree on how to fund early learning programs.
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