PACE Spotlight
Oct. 13, 2015

Meet Julie Bartkus, Founder of Child Care Business Success in person at the 46th Annual Education Conference in Ontario, CA Oct. 16-18

Julie will be the keynote speaker for the Professional Assn. for Childhood Education’s 46th Annual Conference!

A ticket to the Saturday Luncheon is included in each full conference registration.

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Save $50 by using code: PACE60

This is what Julie is saying ... 3 Things To Make Your Phone Ring: Becoming The Child Care Program of ChoiceMore

PACE's 46th Annual Conference
Reasons for attending PACE’s Leadership Full Day Seminar Oct. 16, 2015 in Ontario, CA

Reasons for attending PACE's 46th Annual Conference October 16, 2015 in Ontario, CA Click here to register today.

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Don't miss the 60th Anniversary Dinner on Oct. 17, 2015!
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A new federal resource with you: Early Educator Central

Early Educator Central is a collaborative effort of the Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start, within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is jointly administered by these offices.More

Top 3 ways to celebrate Farm to School

National Farm to School Month is underway, and thousands of schools, communities and organizations across the country are celebrating! Kids in Mississippi, Virginia and Washington have been chowing down on local food during state-wide Farm to School Weeks, Vermont is helping kids try new foods with “Test Taste Mania,” and in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a proclamation declaring October Farm to School Month in his state.More

Health Care Reform Guidance

On Oct. 1, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act. The PACE Act repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that the small group market in every state be expanded to include businesses with 51-100 employees. The PACE Act previously passed in the House. This morning, the Associated Press reports that President Obama signed this legislation "aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under his signature health care law."More

2015 State of CLASS survey

With the CLASS tool impacting more classrooms than ever, Teachstone has launched the 2015 State of CLASS survey to learn how the observation tool is working for coaches, teachers, and administrators. To show their thanks, Teachstone will send you a copy of the State of CLASS 2015 report. Take the survey before it closes on November 29.More

Upcoming Webinars

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

This is how many more primary school teachers the world will need to provide primary education for all by 2020
UNESCO is honoring one of the world’s hardest-working professions with World Teachers’ Day, placing a spotlight this year on those who specialize in early childhood education (ECE). Globally, ECE is a field often mired by poor training, staffing and funding. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, up to 10.9 million primary-school teachers will need to be recruited by 2020 to meet the goal of providing universal primary education for all.More

For quality pre-K, look for more than the ABCs
The Notebook
Take a tour of Children’s Village, a highly regarded child-care center in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood, and some of the elements that make it a high-quality program are immediately evident. In Room 303, a group of 3- and 4-year-olds is absorbed in a variety of activities, playing with toys, listening to recorded music and stories, or engaged in drawing, making and building things. The spacious room where they spend their day is divided into well-equipped stations filled with intriguing educational material. Each one — block-building, dance and gross motor skills, art, dramatic play, and science — has accompanying materials that encourage specific kinds of learning.More

Can states expand preschool access without court order?
Education World
Are states able to expand preschool access without a court order? That's what Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is hoping. Though the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled six years ago that the state was responsible for providing a certain level of education to all, it did not specify preschool. As a result, educators, lawmakers and parents are sparring over how the state should set out to expand preschool access to the state's young learners.More

YMCA forced to turn kids away due to state budget impasse
Some kids have nowhere to go after school and the YMCA says it's because of the state budget impasse. Some YMCA services were frozen and for others the qualifications changed making it harder for parents to get their kids in the programs. We're talking about services like the Teen Reach program and after school care. The YMCA's CEO Mike Brown says 90 percent of families are now being turned away. More

Studies shed light on fleeting benefits of early childhood education
U.S. News & World Report
Does preschool education help youngsters do better in school as they get older? Two new studies make the answer seem as elusive as ever. First came a state-of-the-art study from Tennessee. It showed that all the benefits of its statewide pre-kindergarten program not only disappeared by third grade, but that students who hadn't gone to preschool were actually doing better in third grade than those who had. Can preschool actually be harmful? It defies logic.More

Child care costs exceed rent in most american cities, study finds
ABC News
While policymakers including President Obama have emphasized the importance of affordable child care, for many families, finding quality care can be more expensive than their rent. The cost of child care for two children exceeded rent in 500 out of 618 family budget areas, according to a new paper by the Economic Policy Institute, a worker advocacy group. EPI determined that child care costs for families with two children range from about half as much as rent in San Francisco to nearly three times rent in Binghamton, New York. More

Preschool suspensions: Young children who are being left behind
The Huffington Post
Young children have now begun the new school year, many for the first time. How many will not be allowed to finish the school year due to being expelled or miss significant time in school due to suspension for unacceptable behavior or for violating some mandatory school policy? The most recent figures available come from a 2011-2012 study from the US Department of Education found that more than 8,000 public preschool students were suspended at least once, and almost half of those children more than once. More

Early childhood development added to the global development agenda
Education World
The United Nations have now included early childhood development (EDC) into its global development agenda, promising to recognize early, equitable and smart investment to promote both the education and health of the world's youngest learners. Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, released a statement on the UN'S decision to add EDC into the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals. In doing so, he encouraged media, philanthropists and civil society to band together with the UN and support every child through EDC. More

Federal grant boosts early childhood education programs
Virginia has begun distributing the funds from a $17.5 million-dollar federal grant to expand and enhance the Commonwealth’s early childhood education efforts. Governor McAuliffe toured one of the schools that received money for its program and explained that the funds will be awarded to 11 high-need school divisions. The goal is to give more preschoolers a solid foundation for learning that improves their readiness for Kindergarten. More