PACE Spotlight
Nov. 4, 2014

PACE announces new health insurance partnership
Introducing The Limelight Health — Agent Network"
This year, PACE members will be served by a new health insurance partnership program called Limelight Health. The new program, created by health insurance experts and a statewide network of trained, licensed and certified insurance agents, PACE members will be provided no-cost, expert enrollment and renewal assistance for both small group and individual coverage options. Coverage options include Covered California,Kaiser, Anthem, Blue Shield, Health Net, Aetna, United, Cigna, MediCal, Medicare and many other affordable insurance options.More

PACE members: Save the date
Learn and get ready for the upcoming open enrollment. PACE has a new partner for our health insurance program and invites you to join us for a webinar on Nov 13. Bring your questions and get helpful information to get the most for your health benefits:

When: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m. PST
How: Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.More


HR Ideas (PACE new partner) is offering PACE members a discount for HR services. Contact Ruth Alexander at (925)359-1473 today and sign up online for their free webinars! More

The pitfalls of social media with teachers, coaches, parents and minors
HR Ideas
Protecting the Children- Protecting Your Organization
Social media is embedded in today's culture and is the "go-to" communication of children of all ages. Adults communicate to the children using social media, which may put the children and the adults at risk. Attend this complimentary webinar to learn about the risks, and what steps your organization can take to protect the children and keep your organization out of harm's way.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Register: Click hereMore

Mandated reporter training
HR Ideas
Protecting the Children- Protecting Your Organization
Whether your organization is for profit or not-for-profit, you are held to the same standards when it comes to protecting the children your staff and organization comes in contact with. It is your ethical and legal responsibility to report any incidents of child abuse or neglect — not doing so is putting you, the children and your organization at risk. Join Us for this informative training to learn about your legal responsibilities as a mandated reporter.

Training Includes:
* Certificate of completion
* Knowledge assessment test

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 5
Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Register: Click here

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 3
Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Register: Click here

Cost*: HRI Clients: Complimentary with HRI Shield Plan. Accessible through eHRI. Non-Clients/Members; $25/person

*Cost is per person. Payment is billed at the time registration forms are received. 48-hour cancellation notice required for refund. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be credited for future classes. More

CA paid sick leave webinar
HR Ideas
Last Month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into effect the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, also known as the CA Paid Sick Leave Act. Starting July 1st, 2015, all California employers will be required to provide paid sick leave to certain employees. HRI is conducting a webinar to explain the new CA Paid Sick Leave Law.

Join us for this complimentary and informative webinar to learn about the implications this new law will have on your current sick leave policies and your business overall.

Monday, Nov. 17
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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Ebola webinar
HR Ideas
Ebola is on everyone's mind these days. But many California employers are not aware of how Ebola can affect their business today.

Join us for an informative webinar to learn about Ebola, how it can affect your business, and your responsibilities as an employer to keep your employees and your business safe.

Thursday, Nov. 20
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Click here

Management harassment training
HR Ideas
Harassment Training for Managers — fulfills AB1825 Requirement
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.

All supervisory personnel must be trained within six months of their date of hire or promotion, and every two years thereafter. Supervisory personnel have a personal responsibility to keep the workplace free of harassment; failure to do so can lead to a financial fine to the supervisor/manager. Attending this seminar will meet legal requirements and reduce the company's exposure, educate your management and improve your company's work environment.

Certificate of completion issued.

English Harassment Training
Date: Monday, Jan. 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: GGRA Conference Room
220 Montgomery St, #990
San Francisco, CA 94104
Register: Click here

Cost*: HRI Clients, GGRA, CLIA Members: $85/person (with promo code) Non-Clients/Members; $105/person

*Cost is per person. Payment is billed at the time registration forms are received. 48-hour cancellation notice required for refund. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be credited for future classes.More

PACE 2015 Directory
It's that time of year! PACE is getting ready to compile it 2015 Directory.

Errors, Omissions, Corrections and Changes

In an effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in the directory, we need your help. If you have any changes or corrections (fax, email, new director, etc...), please email them to using the following format below.


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Art in early childhood: Curriculum connections
Earlychildhood News
Art has traditionally been an important part of early childhood programs. Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, believed that young children should be involved in both making their own art and enjoying the art of others. To Froebel, art activities were important, not because they allowed teachers to recognize children with unusual abilities, but because they encouraged each child's "full and all-sided development" (Froebel, 1826). More than a century later, early childhood teachers are still concerned with the "all-sided" development of each child. Our curriculum includes activities that will help children develop their cognitive, social and motor abilities.More

Experts, advocates say early childhood development is crucial
Not all parents are equipped to be good parents, Cary Brown concedes. But among the ready and willing, too many never get the chance. The consequences surpass parental regret, a panel of speakers suggested in Montpelier at an event moderated by Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women. When parents can’t provide or afford high-quality early childhood care, their children suffer and society pays. That was one takeaway from a new documentary "The Raising of America," that was screened at the event.More

For toddlers, it's the quality of the screen time that matters, study reveals
PBS Newshour
Parents, you can give up the twinge of guilt you feel when you let your toddler watch television or play with your smartphone or tablet, according to a new report from Zero to Three. It's true that young children learn most easily from one-to-one interaction with their parents and other caregivers or educators. The American Academy of Pediatrics's guidelines go so far as to say children younger than 2 shouldn't spend any time in front of the TV or any kind of screen. That leaves parents asking questions like whether reading to a child from a device counts as story or screen time and whether their own screen time could be hurting their kids.More

Play, art, music: Using the magic of childhood to help kids learn
Herald and News
When children go to preschool, they can learn many things. Most parents want to focus on A-B-C and the 1-2-3. But Esther McDonald believes learning P-L-A-Y can be just as important. "Have any of you had to defend lately, math? The parents come to you and say 'I don't want my child doing math.'" McDonald said to a room full of preschool educators on Saturday. "Have any of you had to defend reading? No? Have any of you had to defend spelling?"More

Majority of states apply for federal preschool grant program
Education Week
Several states that were not on the original "intent to apply" list are among the 36 applicants competing for a share of the $250 million the U.S. Department of Education is making available for states to beef up their preschool programs. The department has divided the funds into two pots. In the smaller of the two, $80 million is allotted to preschool "development" grants, for states whose preschool programs are just getting off the ground.More

Teachers: Finding appreciation at work
Elena Aguilar, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "With Thanksgiving coming up, as well as International Coach Appreciation Day (November 4), I've been thinking about how we express gratitude. One of the primary complaints I hear from teachers is, "I just don't feel appreciated" (echoed often also by principals and other administrators in our school system). So many of those working in our schools don't feel appreciated — and one luncheon or certificate per year just doesn't cut it."More

Next generation preschool math: Seven guiding principles for design-based research
Technology use in early learning offers promising opportunities — and lots of unanswered questions. Preschool classrooms are usually crowded and chaotic. There is often one lead teacher for fifteen or twenty children, making individualized instruction difficult. Many preschools have mixed-age classrooms, with not-yet-3-year-olds playing and learning alongside 5-year-olds, and it can be difficult to tell exactly what a child knows and where they need to go next.More

Keeping early learning at arm's length
Preschool Matters ... Today
Jim Squires, a NIEER senior research fellow, writes: "We are a nation intrigued by lists, and I am no exception. I scour lists from top to bottom on any number of topics, from best companies to work for to international rankings for educational performance. I also look for any underlying trends that may tell the story behind the list. It should come as no surprise that I eagerly reviewed the recently released list of states applying for $250 million in federal Preschool Development Grants. These grants — ranging in size from $5-20 million per state to develop a preschool program to $10 — 35 million annually for 4 years to expand existing preschool services for low- and moderate-income children — present an opportunity for states to reach children who have fallen between the cracks when it comes to participating voluntarily in a high-quality preschool, an opportunity the majority of Americans are clamoring for."More