• The Learning Library
    My Son Doesn’t Have a What?

    The correlation between health in early childhood and a number of later outcomes is well established. Before joining the Head Start community, I spent many years in K-12 education. The importance of health and its impact on outcomes is no less important in that world.
    So, we’re grateful to School Specialty for the investment they’ve made to support you in creating healthy and safe environments. They have produced four professional development webinars focused on different aspects of early childhood learning environments:

    1. Social and emotional development
    2. Inclusive environments for children with special needs
    3. Recognizing potential violence in mental health concerns
    4. Safety and security best practices

     

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    Last Chance to get Head Start in the CA Budget

    Time is running out, but we are not giving up! Head Start California is still fighting to get funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the California budget. And we need your help!
    Over the next few weeks, a small group of California lawmakers will decide if our state will invest in Head Start and Early Head Start. We are asking them to provide $20 million to help ensure that critical Head Start and Early Head Start programs are available to California’s most at-risk children.

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    Numbers That Count

    Measurement is such a powerful idea. It is at the heart of science. Numbers are how we test theories, monitor progress and provide feedback. The computer gaming industry certainly understands this. Since the early days of pinball, games have been designed to give constant feedback that is numeric (score), visual (lights) and auditory (bells and whistles).
    That’s why dashboards have become so popular. Everyone understands when you’re driving a car that you need to watch a few important indicators: speed,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    Blue Ribbon Commission Report

    30 Recommendations Involving Head Start
     
    It was in Spring 2017 that Speaker Anthony Rendon first convened the Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education. The commission has worked for two years with extensive input and study to develop its recommendations. Their draft report was released on March 12, 2019, and yesterday, March 29 2019, they published their final recommendations.
    The report contains more than 30 recommendations regarding Head Start. We’ve created our own report summarizing these and you can find it here.

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  • Event News
    The Culture We Create

    Galen Emmanuel, our Policy and Leadership Conference keynote speaker, left us with a strong and consistent key message: we create our culture every day in the way we show up for work and respond to our colleagues. We may do this unconsciously, through unexamined habits of behavior, or very intentionally, through a discipline of self-awareness and commitment to a positive “yes!” way of thinking and being.
    In July 2018, keynote speaker Gervase Bushe talked with us about clarity — and understanding the nature of our experience and that of others around us by attending to the four elements of experience: what we see and hear,

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  • 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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