PACE Spotlight
Jun. 23, 2015

Setting the PACE for 60 years
Congratulations to the following winners who won the Early Renewal Drawing!

  1. 1st Prize (iWATCH) — Kay Basu, Autumn Creek Learning Center, Danville CA
  2. 2nd Prize (Free 46th Annual Education Conference Registration — Lorraine Perry, Seedling Childcare Montessori School, Alameda, CA
  3. 3rd Prize ($150 Lakeshore Gift Card) — Joan Adan, Bright Beginnings Montessori Preschool, San Mateo, CA
  4. 4th Prize ($100 Kaplan Gift Card) — Jaye Perry, Garden Montessori School, Danville, CA
  5. 5th Prize ($50 Discount School Supply Gift Certificate) — Shandy Cole, Fountainhead Montessori School, Dublin CA
  6. 6th Prize ($50 Discount School Supply Gift Certificate) — Anne Reardon, Husky House, Inc. Lafayette, CA

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PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
Ontario, California
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Health and Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Think you can spot a developmental milestone? Take the milestones quiz on this page to find out! Developmental milestones are skills that mark a child's development; things most children can do by a certain age. Milestones like babbling, finding hidden objects, and playing alongside or with other kids provide clues about your child’s developmental health. So, look for your child's milestones regularly, celebrate them, and record them to share with your child's pediatrician using free resources for parents from CDC's Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.

Early Educators/Child Care Providers
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 children aged 3-17 has a developmental disability, but many of these children are not identified until they are school aged. Early identification and intervention is crucial to help each child build new skills and reduce the need for costly interventions in the future.

The CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early. program, provides clinicians, early childhood educators, and families with resources, materials and tools to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. More

Update from our CCLD partner
The Child Care Program’s website has been updated. Please see the link below. There is also new information in the child care news link

Child Care Website:

Thank you!
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. More

Digging into research: Making and tinkering in afterschool
The Afterschool Alliance
June 25, 2-3 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT)
About this webinar:
Following up on our webinar last month, Equity in Making and Tinkering, we're going to take a step back and examine the current research on making and tinkering for K-12 learners. Many of us have questions about the learning outcomes and goals for making and tinkering in afterschool and how educators can best facilitate these experiences.

The Relating Research to Practice project has just released a new resource. This Connected Collection synthesizes of-the-moment science education topics and comes with a bundle of research briefs that provide multiple examples and ongoing challenges for busy education professionals to consider as they seek to improve learning environments for youth.

For this webinar, you'll want to read the Connected Collection Tinkering in STEM Education along with each of the five one-page research briefs in the collection. If you have time, you may want to skim the Equity in Science Education collection, as we'll definitely touch on the intersections of equity and tinkering. Come ready with your questions for our guest researchers, which can be about any of the briefs included in the collection, theoretical OR practical questions about tinkering and making, or just about research in general. We will make time to address, as a group, the discussion questions featured in the collection (see page 2, What do you think?).

This type of webinar is a new format for us, and we envision an engaging dialogue with our guest researchers and among the participants! If you have questions, please email Melissa Ballard, STEM Manager at the Afterschool Alliance.

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Planning a summer program
Earlychildhood News
Begin preparing for summer programming by holding a meeting with your teaching staff to discuss and review policies and procedures for health and safety. During the summer, children are at greater risk for injury and illness because they are more likely to spend time outdoors and away from the safety of your program. Therefore, everyone should know the proper procedures for skin protection; safety guidelines for your outdoor play areas; first aid procedures for minor scrapes, bee stings, and keeping children hydrated; and plans for conducting safe field trips away from your program. Prepare a safety checklist for field trips and for your playground and play equipment.More

Hillary Clinton calls for universal prekindergarten
Education Week
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton made her first high-profile education policy pitch: universal preschool. Specifically, Clinton wants to give every 4-year-old in America access to high-quality preschool over the next decade. It's clear that Clinton, the former secretary of state and U.S. Senator, thinks she has a winning issue here. After all, there's been a lot of bipartisan interest in early education at the state level. But congressional Republicans, some of whom are seeking the GOP nomination, have been reluctant to invest big federal money in the policy, in part because of concerns over runaway federal spending.More

Early education makes substantial gains in state budget
Despite initial resistance from Gov. Jerry Brown, the final budget deal struck by lawmakers provides more than $300 million for early education. "This budget is good news for our infants, toddlers and preschoolers," said Deborah Kong, president of the Oakland-based advocacy group Early Edge California, in a prepared statement. "It builds on the progress made last year and continues the strong momentum for high-quality early learning in California."More

LAUSD plans to lengthen preschool day, cutting thousands of seats
Southern California Public Radio
When the Los Angeles Unified school board considers the district's budget plan, it will also review a proposal to cut about 3,000 preschool seats and lengthen class time for 4-year-olds in greatest need. The School Readiness Language Development Program served more than 10,000 students last year by taking in one group of children in the morning and another in the afternoon. Instead, Superintendent Ramon Cortines wants kids to stick around for the entire school day in a preschool program called Transitional Kindergarten so the district can grow the number of full-time students and receive more funding from the state.More

Professional learning opportunities and the teachers they create
Edutopia (commentary)
Andrew Marcinek, the director of technology and co-founder in Boston, writes: "Over the past few years, professional learning structures have shifted dramatically. This has been a shift not so much in content or strategies, but rather in overall design of professional learning. At its core, professional learning is the key component to improving educator practice and providing new perspectives on an ever-changing profession. While most content has remained consistent throughout time, instructional design, educational policy, and classroom tools and structures have been in constant motion."More

Teaching handwriting in early childhood
District Administration Magazine
Relegating handwriting to the back burner of early childhood education ignores the close relationship between fine motor skill development and early success in math and reading. Technology isn't the enemy, but jumping to keyboards and calculators before mastering pencil and paper may not be developmentally appropriate for young learners. Manuscript handwriting does make a cameo appearance in the Common Core for kindergarten through third grade, but the standards have abandoned cursive handwriting completely.More

Study: 'Sesame Street' helped preschool kids in the 1970's perform better in elementary school
Medical News Today
It seems that kids who found their way to "Sesame Street" during the 1960's and 70's were profoundly better off for the experience. Building on early research conducted when the educational program first hit the public airwaves in 1969, economists Melissa Kearney and Phillip B. Levine examined the relationship between the ability to watch Sesame Street and later educational attainment in elementary school in a study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research.More

Child fitness falls further than feared
Medical News Today
Child fitness levels are falling at an even faster rate than first feared — and this time there is evidence it has nothing to do with obesity. Following up on their 2009 study which showed child fitness declined by 8 percent over the previous ten years, researchers at the University of Essex have reported an even larger drop in fitness in schoolchildren. This time, however, they found the children who they tested were actually thinner than those measured in 2008. More