• 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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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    California’s Head Start team of 80 rallies, raises awareness at the nation’s Capitol

    What a great week in our nation’s Capital. In the first official week of autumn, California sent a record number of 80 people to NHSA’s Fall Leadership Institute. There was a buzz of energy with so many states gathered together. The opening keynote by Eric Motley, executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, was inspiring. Workshop general session content was focused on key issues facing our Head Start world, including enrollment, workforce, trauma informed care and immigration.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    It’s National Head Start Awareness Month! How are you celebrating?

    In preparation for Head Start Awareness Month in October, we’ve been collecting stories so that we can share them across the state and across the country. What can you do locally to celebrate Head Start awareness month?
    Here are a few ideas:

      1. Invite a member of Congress to your program. Congress is on break and our California delegation is home. If you have not done so already,

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  • Head Start Stories
    Head Start Story: By Lisa Price

    In 1967, my mother enrolled me in Head Start at 3 years old. I loved the environment, the teachers, socialization and field trips! After that first year ended, I was more social, and began putting letters together to spell words. I started reading simple books at 4 years of age. My love for learning began in Head Start. Though I was born to a teen mother, she instilled the importance of learning and supported my school experiences at home.

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