• Head Start California Updates
    We all count.

    For most of us, beyond voting, we don’t get many opportunities to participate in matters of constitutional significance at the federal level. 2020 will be different. Next April, each of us has the opportunity to participate in something that has taken place in the United States every 10 years since 1790: the decennial census. Required by the constitution (Article I, Section 2) the U.S. Census serves two very important functions:

    • Representation: The census count is used to determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives.

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  • The Learning Library
    Strengths Re-Found

    I first took the Strengths Finder survey about ten years ago. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always enjoyed these kinds of assessments. I think a lot of us like learning about ourselves and appreciate the insight that they can provide. In a recent staff discussion about our own professional development, this came up as a possible pathway for us. The staff agreed that we should all take the exam and share the results. We had that meeting last Tuesday,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    How we win

    It was an eventful year for your association in the advocacy world. In a prior post, we’ve outlined what we attempted and what we’ve achieved, so I will not reiterate that here. But I would be remiss if I didn’t publicly thank the terrific work of the consultants that helped lead the work.

    • Andrea Ball did an excellent job helping us navigate the halls of the state capitol and coordinating meetings with legislative and administration staff.

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  • Event News
    Uncommon Execution: The Path to Becoming Great Advocates for Head Start

    The core value of Head Start California is advocacy. As we move forward into the new fiscal year and into future legislative sessions, one of the best investments we can make is in our capacity to engage in our advocacy work. One of the challenges we face is how we each perceive and understand the rules around advocacy and how that is distinguished from lobbying. These kinds of questions can sometimes raise anxiety levels for Head Start leaders as well as the staff and parents who look to them for guidance.

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    Thank You for Supporting Head Start

    On behalf of Head Start California, thank you for supporting and advocating for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. On June 27, Governor Newsom signed the 2019-20 budget that provides significant increases and investments for early learning initiatives. With your help, we demonstrated the importance of early intervention programs for our most at-risk children and families across California. Thank you!
    Here is an update from this session:
    Head Start Budget Request
    While the $20 million allocation to Head Start did not make it into the final budget,

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  • Event News
    Preschool Development Grant: Planning and Input at Cluster 8 Meeting

    Kudos to Jodie Keller and Brian Heese in Cluster 8 for working with West Ed to give their region an opportunity for input into the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) planning process. This is an important initiative that will impact the entire ECE landscape.
    More than 50 Head Start management and staff provided their insights on how to improve and align the system of childcare from the perspective of children and families.
    WestEd is working this summer to collect input for the Preschool Development Grant from the field in a variety of venues.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    MEDIA RELEASE: JUNE 28, 2019

    Advocates Praise Governor Newsom and Legislature for Commitment to Early Childhood Education Programs
    Head Start California Statement on Budget
     
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    JUNE 28, 2019
    BY: CHRISTOPHER MARICLE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEAD START CALIFORNIA
    OFFICE: 916-287-9850
    Advocates Praise Governor Newsom and Legislature for Commitment to Early Childhood Education Programs
    Head Start California Statement on Budget
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., (June 28, 2019) – Early childhood advocates praise the California Legislature and Governor Newsom’s commitment to providing funding and resources to programs aimed at children aged 0-5.

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  • The Learning Library
    8 Secrets of Success

    If you want an uplifting TED Talk for your team—or family—try 8 Secrets of Success by analyst Richard St. John. He’s condensed seven years of research and more than 500 interviews on what really leads to success into just three minutes.

    The eight elements are not rocket science, and they probably won’t surprise you. But that it precisely why they can inspire us—because they are not rocket science. Each of these elements is completely within our wheelhouse.

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  • 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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