• Advocacy and Policy News
    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.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    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.

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  • Event News
    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,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    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.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    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.

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    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.

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  • The Learning Library
    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!

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  • Head Start Stories
    Head Start Story: By Marlo Lopez

    This story is about Andrea*, a young mother of two who was new to the United States and lived with an abusive partner. When she entered our program, she and her children were shy and withdrawn. Our staff at Walnut Grove Head Start enjoyed making families feel welcome and feel like one big family and gave Andrea and her family this same warm welcome.
    With time, she formed friendships with other parents in the program, and began to participate in parent activities.

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  • Head Start Stories
    Head Start Story: By Darline Garibay

    My mother came to the United States with many hopes and dreams. She worked multiple entry-level jobs in order to give us a better life. Therefore, she stressed the importance of education from a young age. She was a single parent that spoke little English but that did not stop her from seeking out opportunities for my siblings and me.
    One such opportunity was our local Head Start program, located in Oxnard, CA, that helped me learn social and communication skills,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    Federal Judges in New York and California Block Administration’s Public Charge Rule

    On October 11, 2019, a federal judge in New York issued a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, preventing the rule from taking effect on October 15.
    The public charge rule would make it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards if it looks like they might need public assistance. Titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” the rule sparked several legal challenges.
    Under the rule, U.S. immigration officials who decide whether an immigrant should be granted a green card would weigh whether the applicant will be self-sufficient.

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