• Head Start California Updates
    Head Start: Good for Children, Good for the Economy, Good for California

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [women and children] are created equal.”
    This principle is a cornerstone of our democracy — as much today as it was over 200 years ago. Maybe even more so today. As the country has grown over the last two centuries, it has become clear that while we remain dedicated to the belief that we are born with equal rights (and we still struggle with this), we are not all born into equal circumstances.

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  • The Learning Library
    The Bookshelf: What the Eyes Don’t See

    Full Title: What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
    Year: 2018
    Author: Mona Hanna -Attisha
    Category: Child Development & Health
    About the author: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha became the director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan in 2011. After successfully fighting to return Flint Michigan’s water supply to a fresh, safe source, she became the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund,

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  • Head Start California Updates
    MEDIA RELEASE: MARCH 25, 2019

     
    California Urged to Include Head Start in State Budget
    Head Start California is Calling on Lawmakers to Support the Programs
    Serving the State’s Most At-Risk Children
     
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    MARCH 25, 2019
    BY: CHRISTOPHER MARICLE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA HEAD START ASSOCIATION
    OFFICE: 916-287-9850
    Advocates Praise Governor Newsom’s Commitment to Early Childhood Education Programs
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., (March 25, 2019) – Today, Head Start California is calling for California lawmakers to invest in Head Start and Early Head Start,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    The Big Conversation – California’s Smallest Children

    The governor’s January budget proposes substantial investments in early childhood education and care (ECE)—hundreds of millions of dollars to support ECE facilities, employees and systems. In February, the CDE’s Early Learning and Care Division rolled out its year-long $10.6M Preschool Development Grant needs assessment and planning process. On March 11, the California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Early Childhood Education presented its draft report: a bold, balanced and comprehensive assessment of our mixed delivery system.

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  • Event News
    Keynoter Galen Emanuele Sure to Bring Laughs, Inspiration to Sacramento’s P&L Conference

    I’m looking forward to laughing.
    Some of our Head Start community was lucky enough to spend a little time with our keynote speaker Galen Emanuele back in 2018 at the Parent Engagement Conference. I can honestly say I’ve never seen that many parents laugh that much at one time — at a conference. At a stand-up comedy act, sure. But at a conference? Never.
    It was engaging, enjoyable and instructive. It was also restorative.

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  • The Learning Library
    Member Education: AB 2816: Let’s Talk About the Healthy Schools Act

    By: Christina Vredevoe, Senior Environmental Scientist, CDPR
    Do you have something to say about the Healthy Schools Act? Now is your chance to voice your comments via our new email account, HSAinput@cdpr.ca.gov! The Healthy Schools Act (HSA) is a set of nine requirements that California public K-12 schools and licensed child care centers must comply with when they use any kind of pesticide on school grounds, including antimicrobial pesticides like bleach and disinfectant wipes.

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    Help Secure a Stronger Start, Brighter Future for Our Children

    Your help is needed to ensure that California invests the resources required to strengthen Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Together, we can improve the entire early childhood education and care system.
    Please contact your legislators today to tell them to fund Head Start and Early Head Start programs – and invest in California’s most vulnerable children and families. Sending this pre-drafted message will only take one minute of your time.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    Introducing: Head Start California

    Allow me to introduce you to the new ‘us.’ We are now: Head Start California! After a year-long process of exploring and clarifying our purpose, core values and key services, the board of directors has adopted a new brand image for your state Head Start association. View a PowerPoint here that visually shows the transition of California Head Start Association to Head Start California.
    Why rebrand? This is not just about a new logo.

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  • The Learning Library
    The Bookshelf: Clear Leadership

    Full Title: Clear Leadership: Sustaining Real Collaboration and Partnership at Work
    Year: 2010
    Author: Gervase Bushe
    Category: Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness
    Quick summary: This book is about clarity, and how to get closer to it. How do we share our experience in ways that strengthen our daily work with others? Gervase Bush provides a model for getting past the organizational mush that’s created when we make up stories about other people’s behavior instead of simply asking them.

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  • The Learning Library
    The Bookshelf: The Spirit of Kaizen

    Full Title: The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time
    Year: 2013
    Author: Robert Maurer, Ph.D.
    Category: Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness
    About the author: Robert Maurer is Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and a faculty member with the UCLA School of Medicine. He also wrote One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way and Mastering Fear: Harnessing Emotion to Achieve Excellence in Work,

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