Are ‘Free Phones’ Really Free? How We’re Connecting Families to Services They Need
We’ve all seen them. People standing on street corners, holding or spinning signs that read: “free phone.” I see them regularly just outside our office in downtown Sacramento on the corner of 9th and K. I’ve never paid much attention, nor have I seen anyone stop and talk to them, mostly because it seems like a gimmick. We see that and think “sure, but what’s the catch?”
Surprisingly, it is not a gimmick. There is no catch.
We Advocate Because They are Worth it
What is an advocate? The Merriam Webster online dictionary offers a few definitions, but the simplest is this: an advocate is ‘one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group.’ It seems unfair or perhaps misleading that the definition should be so simple. Because advocacy is not simple. It is complicated and time-consuming. Advocacy is a lot of work.
Here’s the payoff. In our case, it is noble work.
No Child Left Uncounted
Let’s start the new year with a counting party! Census 2020 is coming fast and our Head Start community has a critical role to play. It is estimated that over one million children under age 5 were not counted in the last census. An undercount in 2020 could cost California more than $3 billion in federally funded programs, including those affecting young children. Our goal for 2020: no child left uncounted!
Partnering with the California WIC and First 5 associations to reach out to all families with young children may be the most important action we take for the next decade,
New Appointments to the Early Learning Policy Council
The Head Start community in California is encouraged Gov. Newsom’s November 22nd appointments to the Early Learning Policy Council (ELPC). Join me in congratulating Yvette Sanchez Fuentes and Scott Moore. The Head Start community will be well-represented by these veteran, early childhood professionals.
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes served most recently as director of children, youth, and family services for the Community Action Partnership for San Luis Obispo.
Census 2020: Make Sure Every Child is Counted
Census 2020: Make Sure Every Child is Counted
Census Day is April 1, 2020, just four months away. We are ramping up our efforts to make sure that children under age 5 won’t face the same rate of undercount they did in the last census. The 2010 Census missed close to 1 million young children — costing over a billion dollars each year in federal funding for these and other vital social programs — including Head Start.
Generation Wellness: A Journey to Less Stress + More Success
By Lyndsay Morris, M.Ed
There is no greater time to focus on the wellness than right now.
Eighty-three percent of American professionals are stressed out at their jobs. When people are stressed, they are not performing at their best, which dramatically impacts attitude, productivity and retention in schools and organizations around the world.
What would happen if we built a routine of health and happiness habits? How would our lives change if we filled our tanks,
Workforce and Facility Grants Stakeholder Meeting: Nov. 19
Workforce and Facility Grants – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Early Learning and Care Stakeholder Meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Sacramento. This meeting will be focused on the newly established Infrastructure Grant Program and the Workforce Development Grant.
The meeting venue has reached its capacity. As a result, there will be a virtual Zoom meeting option to attend.
Head Start California Joins Partnership for Census 2020 Outreach
We are pleased to announce Head Start California’s partnership with the First 5 Association and California WIC Association to engage in statewide outreach and education efforts for the upcoming 2020 Census. Together, our efforts will focus on California’s “hard-to-count” (HTC) populations, focusing on children ages 0-5.
This project, funded by the California Complete Count Census 2020, will ensure that the highest risk, most isolated, and HTC 0-5 families participate in the 2020 Census.
Legislative Wrap-Up: Several Bills Signed by Governor Support Early Childhood Development and Learning
On Sunday, Oct. 13, Governor Newsom signed and vetoed the year’s final batch of legislation. The governor signed several bills that support early childhood development and early childhood providers, and help families. Read on below to learn more!
Early Childhood Development
Earlier this year, the governor allocated $54 million to improve rates of developmental screenings. Building on this investment, the governor signed AB 1004 (McCarty) which will help ensure providers adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for developmental screening and use validated screening tools.
The Science of Adult Learning Belongs in Early Childhood
In the early childhood field, we usually focus on how our children are learning. On the other side of the coin, how often do we think about the quality of the learning that occurs for our staff members, including teachers, coaches, and education coordinators? In order for our children to have meaningful learning outcomes, we need to attend to the growth and development of the adults who are shaping children’s environment, experiences, and relationships. The science of adult learning can help us do just that!