PACE Spotlight
Sep. 22, 2015

Setting the 'PACE' for 60 years!
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference!

Hurry! Hotel group discounts ends this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015!

Early bird registration has been extended until Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015! Register online today!

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Why teacher retention matters so much
Daycare In Demand
If you have a steady stream of unsolicited resumes arriving at your center, and/or a connection to a good source of new teachers (such as a local college), you may not be all that concerned about the teachers who decide to leave your center. Who needs 'em, right?More

Policy statement on inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood programs
U.S. Deparment of Education
The purpose of this policy statement is to set a vision and provide recommendations to States, local educational agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs, from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (the departments), for increasing the inclusion of infants, toddlers and preschool children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs.iMore

Updated ThinkHR Employee Handbook Builder
Thanks to your broker, you now have access to our updated Employee Handbook Builder. Take the pain out of producing an effective employee handbook that meets both state and federal regulations and reduces your risk of liability. To begin creating your new handbook, simply login to ThinkHR Workplace and click on the Handbook Builder icon.More

The employer's role in mental health care
Risk Management
In March, Germanwings Flight 9525 cashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 passengers and crew members on board. Investigators later determined that the crash was deliberately caused by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had a history of depression, reportedly exhibited suicidal tendencies and contacted a number of doctors for help in the weeks before the disaster.More

Hold that friend request: Legal traps in a post-Facebook work environment
Partner, Birmingham Office Labor & Employment Law
Many well-meaning managers engage with employees on social media websites, and doing so provides a host of benefits: stronger relationships between employees and management; a sense of collegiality; instant updates on employees' life changes. However, accessing employees' social media pages could expose the employer to legal liability. Employers, and their management teams, would be wise to consider how knowledge gleaned from employees' social media accounts could shape future litigation.More

Employee's positive return-to-duty drug test result warranted termination despite employer's use of low cutoff concentrations
Jackson Lewis
A Texas oil refinery whose substance abuse policy said an employee "whose drug test is positive, regardless of the reasons for the test," would be considered in violation of company policy and "will be terminated from employment" meant what it said, a labor arbitrator has concluded. The policy, along with an agreement requiring that an employee seeking assistance for a claimed drug problem abstain from drug use, justified the discharge of an employee who tested positive for marijuana on a return-to-duty drug test, even though the cutoff levels for positive results were low.More

The art of talent science
Organizations today are augmenting Human Resources intuition with analytics-based talent science. With the proliferation of big data analytics, HR finally has the luxury of aggregating job candidates' data into sophisticated applications to be measured against the attributes and conditions of the top performers in specific positions. This correlation bolsters instinct and experience and can guide talent management decisions from hiring through exit.More


The CLASS measure is powerful in assessing teacher quality, but no one tool can address all the complexities in ensuring quality. Take a look at Teachstone's crosswalks — reports showing how CLASS is used along with other tools.

Randolph College Nursery School recently got an almost perfect QRIS scoresheet! Find out how they did it in an interview with program director, Holly Layne on the Teachstone blog.

You can use data to support staff and create a community of professional practice. Find out how in this upcoming webinar.More


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

Portfolio App available
Center for Child and Family Studies
The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) (2015) Portfolio App is now available! The new portfolio app can be accessed on an iPad via the app store, or can be accessed from a Web browser on any desktop, laptop or tablet device. The DRDP (2015) Portfolio App is designed to assist teachers in organizing documentation for the DRDP (2015). The ability to upload and save different forms of evidence in one place enables teachers to stay organized and save time. The app is free of charge and is now available for download on your iPad in the app store. To download the app, click on the App Store app from your iPad home screen, use the Search feature to find the DRDP (2015) Portfolio App, and select GET to install. To access the app on your desktop, laptop, iPhone or Android device, simply go to

*Please note that the DRDP (2010) and DRDP (2015) apps are completely separate applications. You will be required to start as a new user with the DRDP (2015) Portfolio App.

For questions or for more information and resources, please visit or email More

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: What to Do When Nothing Else Works
Presented by William J. DeMeo, Ph.D., Developmental Psychologist, Mayerson Academy

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 Education

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Boys, boys, boys! Why they’re falling behind and what to do about it
Presented by Ruth Hanford Morhard, President, Ruth Reid & Company Consultants in Early Childhood

Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
Supporting Motor Development for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Presented by Dr. Steve Sanders, Assistant Chair, College of Education's Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Sensory Integration: Recognizing and Responding to Young Children with Sensory Issues
Presented by Christy Isbell, PhD OTR/L, Milligan College, TN

Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
Setting the Stage for Reading with Babies and Toddlers
Presented by Amy Read, M.A., Program Manager for Early Literacy OutreachMore

Obama administration makes push for preschool inclusion
Disabilities Scoop
Federal officials say that all children with disabilities should be able to attend preschool alongside their typically-developing peers. Nearly four months after requesting public feedback on the issue, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are jointly issuing guidance to states, school districts and early childhood providers urging them to make a place for kids with special needs. "As our country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early learning programs for all children, we must do everything we can to ensure that children with disabilities are part of that," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in announcing the effort this week during his annual back-to-school bus tour.More

Study finds children eat healthier at daycare centers than at home
Medical New Today
A recent study conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has found that preschool age children are consuming more calories and fewer fruits, vegetables and milk outside of child care centers than what is recommended by the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program. Based off of guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children who attend full-time child care are to receive one-half to two-thirds of their daily nutritional needs while attending a child care facility, leaving about a third to one-half of their total calories to be consumed away from child care. More

How safe is your classroom? Identifying hazards before accidents happen
Earlychildhood News
There are many types and locations of child care environments. Some classrooms may be located in centers, churches, schools or homes. Some facilities are newly constructed for the purpose of child care, while other programs are located in outdated or remodeled buildings. Regardless of the setting, it is our responsibility to assure the safety and well-being of children in our care at all times.More

The surgeon who became an activist for baby talk
It's not just baby talk. Any kind of talk with young children — especially if they're too young to talk back — will do. Because talk is vital to a child's brain development, says Dana Suskind, who found her passion for literacy in an unlikely place: the operating room. As a surgeon, Suskind performed cochlear implants at the University of Chicago. The implant is a remarkable marriage of medicine and technology that can help even profoundly deaf children hear. But Suskind noticed that her young patients went on to develop language skills at wildly different rates. Some reached or surpassed grade level. Some didn't. Why?More

Tech and young children: Education Department elevates need for guidance and PD
Now that digital technologies — and touch-screen tablets in particular — are finding their way into preschool and kindergarten classrooms, educators are faced with multiple questions about if, how, and when it is best to introduce them to young children. On Sept. 3, the U.S. Department of Education brought together nearly 60 people from across the early childhood field to think through what would be of most help.More

'Ready for success' begins with early learning
U.S. Department of Education (commentary)
Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, writes: "Every year, back-to-school time can be a period of great expectation and excitement for students, educators, and families, so when Education Secretary Arne Duncan asked me to join him on his sixth annual 'Ready for Success' back-to-school bus tour, I jumped at the opportunity. The first stop on this five-day trek across seven states was the Woodland Early Learning Community School in Kansas City, Missouri. Located within a mile of five public housing developments, Woodland provides more than 300 3- and 4-year-old children, many of whom are from low-income or immigrant families, with high-quality early education."More

P-3 governance — What is it, and why is it important?
Preschool Matters ... Today
Governance, as a term applied to the field of early learning, is somewhat ambiguous. To whom or what are we referring when we say "governance of P-3 systems?" The State Education Agency? Local Education Agencies? Human Service Agencies? State Early Childhood Advisory Councils? Governance is composed of three principal dimensions: form, function and durability.More

California legislature passes big public preschool bill, doesn't fund it (yet)
Education Week
The California legislature passed what could be landmark preschool legislation, when it sent a bill to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown that would expand the state's preschool program to all of its low-income 4-year-olds. California's preschool program isn't new. It's been around for 50 years, said state Assembly member Kevin McCarty, a Democrat and sponsor of the preschool bill. But funding for the program has rarely, if ever, been sufficient to enroll all of the children who qualify to attend it. More