PACE Spotlight
Aug. 11, 2015

PACE invites you...

Professional Association for Childhood Education invites you to our Sept. 17, 2015, Community Care Licensing half-day seminar & networking luncheon in beautiful Carlsbad, California! Register Now!More

PCCP presents the PACE 46th Annual Education Conference — Oct. 16-18, 2015 — Ontario, California
PACE Board of Director invites you to join in celebrating PACE 60th Anniversary!

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Speakers Spotlight

Friday, Oct. 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.

Saturday, Oct. 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, Oct. 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

Take a peak on the Workshop Descriptions and Schedule of Events

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Important Community Care Licensing Update!
Updated Requirements Related to Provision of Incidental Medical Services

The policies and procedures related to the provision of Incidental Medical Services in Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes have been updated and are now in effect.

The changes to the requirements for Child Care Centers are available in the Evaluator Manual, Regulation Interpretations and Procedures for Health Related Services, Section 101226. Child Care Centers that choose to provide Incidental Medical Services must identify those services in their facility's Plan of Operation. Please see Evaluator Manual, Regulation Interpretations and Procedures for Plan of Operation, Section 101173, for more information. The changes for Incidental Medical Services in Family Child Care Homes are available in the Evaluator Manual Regulation Interpretations and Procedures for Operation of a Family Child Care Home, Section 102417.

The Child Care Advocates will be developing additional materials to support implementation of these new requirements. If you have questions in the interim on how to comply with these policies and procedures, please contact your regional office or the Child Care Advocate Program. More


Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
Research-Based Literacy Strategies for All Young Children
Presented by Mary Renck Jalongo, Ph.D., educator and author

Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Science, You and Young Children: Tips from Research to Guide Your Teaching
Presented by Peggy Ashbrook, The Early Years columnist and blogger, National Science Teachers Association

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
The Impact of Trauma on Growth and Development
Presented by Barbara Sorrels Ed. D., Executive Director, The Institute for Childhood EducationMore

Reducing suspension and expulsion practices in early childhood settings
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Recent data indicate that expulsions and suspensions regularly occur in preschool settings. This is a problematic issue given the well-established research indicating that these practices can influence a number of adverse outcomes across development, health, and education. In addition, stark racial and gender disparities exist in these practices, with young boys of color being suspended and expelled at much higher rates than other children in early learning programs. These trends warrant immediate attention from the early childhood and education fields. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education issued a policy statement and recommendations to assist states and public and private early childhood programs in partnering to prevent and severely limit expulsions and suspensions in early learning settings.More

Is early retention an effective, research-based strategy for improving student outcomes?
Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
Questions have been raised about the research to support state and local policies that require retention for young students. Educators, policymakers, and researchers find it difficult to reach consensus on this issue, particularly when young children are concerned. A new CEELO FastFast, Retention in the Early Years: Is Early Retention an Effective, Research-Based Strategy for Improving Student Outcomes?, provides a review of the literature on the effects of early retention and discusses why retention is a nuanced rather than definitive research-based approach to enhancing outcomes. More

New e-Chapter addresses state early childhood data systems
BUILD Initiative
The BUILD Initiative has released chapter seven of the new e-Book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. This new chapter, Stacking the Blocks: A Look at Integrated Data Strategies (August 2015) by Elizabeth Jordan and Carlise King, outlines the work seven states that received Early Learning Challenge grants are doing to build or enhance their state early learning data systems and the main challenges they are facing. It provides examples of the progress these states have made and recommendations for how to continue to support this work.More

New issue of Early Childhood Research & Practice available online
Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative
The Spring 2015 issue of Early Childhood Research & Practice is now available online. ECRP is an open-access, peer-reviewed, multilingual online-only journal published biannually by the Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All past issues can also be accessed online. More

A Good Start: Advances in Early Childhood Development
Bernard van Leer Foundation
A special issue of Early Childhood Matters, A Good Start: Advances in Early Childhood Development, marks the 50th anniversary of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's first grant in early childhood. It is guest-edited by Joan Lombardi and includes contributions from experts on a range of subjects including brain science, nutrition, home visiting, parent support, pre-primary, fatherhood, emergency contexts, and children with disabilities, measurement and leadership. More

Back to school — Welcome to preschool!
Earlychildhood News
Summer's over, and your classroom will soon be filled with children who are eager to learn, but a little unsure of the new classroom environment and their place in it. Ease the transition and set the tone for a school year full of fun and learning with the following activities.More

A look at Clinton's universal pre-K plan
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
At a time when all eyes are focused at higher education and improving graduation rates across the nation, Hillary Clinton has announced her support for universal pre-K. She first mentioned this in June during her campaign in Rochester, New Hampshire, but has since then gone on to be vocal about how and why she wants it implemented. The plan focuses on making high-quality preschools more accessible — especially to kids from low-income families — by 2025.More

'It's just math': Preschoolers can do more than we might think
The Seattle Times
On a recent morning in South Seattle, Kristin Alfonzo challenged her preschoolers to make the number 7 using beads strung across two rows of pipe cleaners. One 5-year-old boy slid four beads across the top and three across the bottom. Another did the reverse, and one kid pushed all seven on one row. "I see many different ways of making 7!" Alfonzo said over the ruckus of kids counting out loud. Preschools typically leave math for grade school, in the belief that 4- and 5-year-olds aren't old enough to understand what 7 stands for. Decades of brain science now show that waiting is a mistake.More

Unifying, defining and owning the profession
Preschool Matters ... Today
The past 10 years have seen unprecedented federal, state and local attention to the education and healthy development of young children. Government resources have been targeted to support such efforts as home visiting programs, high-quality preschool, research on the effectiveness of early learning and development programs, and teacher professional development. Yet there remains wide variability in the funding levels for these programs, the program components, and the competencies required of the early care and education professionals who are charged with program implementation.More

Study ties picky eating in preschoolers to anxiety, depression, ADHD and family problems
Countless parents have faced the implacable resistance of the picky eater. You struggle to assure that your kid's basic nutritional needs are met, while every day confronting an impenetrable wall of disgust. Maybe the only things that get through that wall are waffles and milk (and junk food). What do you do? Most picky eaters eventually expand their tastes. But at its worst, picky eating (or selective eating, as psychologists prefer to call it) can be a threat to health and development. And now, a new study shows, it is linked to significant psychological problems including anxiety, depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.More

The 13 key benefits of early childhood education: A teacher's perspective
The Huffington Post
When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future. You can never have a greater impression on a person than when they are in their early childhood years. Most parents have always inherently understood this and the government is starting to catch up. President Barack Obama agreed in his 2013 State of the Union address. Study after study after study reaches the same conclusion: early childhood education has a tremendous impact on life outcomes. Yet only 51 percent of 3-and-4 year olds in the U.S. are enrolled in full-day preprimary programs, with no improvement in the last 15 years.More

Storytelling skills support early literacy for African American children
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute via Science Daily
Early narrative skills are tied to kindergarten literacy among young African American children, according to new research. The study is the first to demonstrate the connection between African American preschoolers’ storytelling abilities and the development of their early reading skills.More

The citizen preschooler
The Atlantic
One morning this past April, scores of preschoolers and kindergarteners dragged their grownups into the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The children had created an exhibit demonstrating their perceptions of the nation's capital and what it means to belong to the city. In one gallery, there was a replica of the D.C. Metro routes, made from neon-colored plastic pipes. In another were cardboard, foam and popsicle-stick models of the children's dream playgrounds.More

Study: Poverty harms brain development in children
By: Dorothy L. Tengler
Between 2009 and 2010, 1 million more children in America joined the ranks of those living in poverty, bringing the total to an estimated 15.7 million poor children. Poverty can impede a child's ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as poor health and mental health. In fact, new research shows poverty appears to affect the brain development of children, hampering the growth of gray matter and impairing their academic performance.More

Libraries reach out to day care homes to help improve quality
Children typically come to the library to be read to, but Christina Roseli of the Placerville Library in California's Gold Country is reversing that dynamic. Instead of the children going to the library, she is going to them, in a one-of-a-kind program in California. Several days a month, Roseli, an early childhood literacy specialist, drives miles from the library to rural areas of the sprawling county, where she sings and reads to children in family child care homes, which are small day care centers where the adult residents of the homes are the care providers.More