March 2nd, 2020

HEN (Humboldt Early Education Newsletter) Second Edition
News Updates: Legislation, ECE, Job Opportunities, Local Events, and Trainings

A new brief from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative shares strategies that state leaders can use to plan for costs associated with integrating home visiting data and other early childhood data. The brief describes how states leverage multiple funding sources to plan for and develop an early childhood integrated data system. 
Play-based kindergarten


 On a sunny winter morning in Sara Stevens’ kindergarten classroom at Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, 5- and 6-year olds spread out across the classroom learning about colors, shapes, engineering and design.
Not a pencil or worksheet was in sight, however. These kids were playing.
Dual Language Learner Study Reveals California Culture Change, But More Work Needed


Sacramento, CA ––  First 5 California has released a new brief by the American Institute of Research (AIR) as the first step in a $20 million initiative to promote high‑quality early learning environments for children learning more than one language in their child care and preschool classrooms.  The Early Learning and Care Context for Dual Language Learners in California  reports on analysis of interviews with local stakeholders and experts across California, and is now available at , click here .  
As outdoor preschools spread, states debate how to
keep kids safe


Schools that let small children learn in the woods are trying to join the mainstream — but to do so, they might have to leave the knives and fire behind.
We must include English learners in early education plan for California

As Gov. Gavin Newsom’s team pulls together the components of the  Master Plan for Early Education and Care , considers top priorities for the proposed  California Department of Early Childhood Development , and continues to push for investments in our educator workforce, it should consider this fundamental fact: Today , 60 percent  of all California children, birth to 5-years-old, come from homes where their families speak one or more languages other than English.  
Children Who Need Wheelchairs and Other Medical Equipment Often Wait Months or Years Because of Byzantine State System

The complicated system creates a disparity where children from families without the means to pay for medical equipment out of pocket often must go without it for months or years, limiting their interactions with their community or setting them up for poorer health outcomes compared to their wealthier peers.The equipment families seek includes lifts, wheelchairs, walkers, ventilators and hospital beds.
Pre-to-3: NYC undertakes largest-ever expansion of universal preschool for 3-year-olds


Adding classrooms, experts say, provides more opportunities for mixed-age groups and special needs inclusion. But not everyone is happy.
Federal Updates
Babies on Capitol Hill


Hearings on Child Care: With more than half of the United States’ babies and toddlers in child care, it is an important element of our country’s infrastructure. Child care offers a necessary service to families as they work and nurtures future generations of workers. On Thursday, Feb. 6th, the Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship Subcommittee of the Committee on Small Business examined  the role of child care in stimulating regional economic growth . Additionally, the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor looked at the significant  challenges that families and communities face given limited access to affordable, high-quality care . Read  ZERO TO THREE’s statement  on the Child Care for Working Families Act, designed to comprehensively address those challenges.    
Preparing for the Public Charge Regulation: Resources for ECE Stakeholders


The Trump Administration's  public charge  regulation will go into effect on February 24, 2020 in every state except for Illinois . This rule makes it harder for low- and moderate-income immigrants to obtain long-term status in the United States. The regulation is designed to be confusing—research and media reports demonstrate that families are already withdrawing from important services out of fear. It's important for early care and education stakeholders to know the facts and share accurate, up-to-date information with the families they serve.
These resources will help early education providers confidently answer questions about public charge:
·    The Final Public Charge Rule: Five Things Early Childhood Stakeholders Need to Know . This two-page factsheet provides a quick overview of the regulation and it includes suggestions for talking to parents. This resource is also available in  Spanish
·    T he Public Charge Rule and Young Children: Q&A . This document provides a more detailed overview of public charge provisions, how the regulation will affect immigrant families with young children, and other important information specifically for the early childhood community.
The Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign, which CLASP co-chairs, is rallying its hundreds of partner organizations to participate in a  Teach-In Day   on February 24. Please consider joining in on this first day of the public charge rule’s implementation to help the communities you serve better understand how the rule affects them. 

Please contact  rullrich@clasp.or g  with questions or to report how public charge is affecting your state or community.
State Updates
Matrix of Legislation Being Considered by the California Legislature - Second Session of 2019-20
As of February 18, 2020,
Budget Trailer Bills, and More


State Legislation Update
Click here for a matrix of legislation of likely interest to the field of early care and education updated as of today – Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The matrix reflects new legislation introduced to date. The last day for the legislature to introduce new bills is February 21, 2020. Sign up for weekly legislative updates and the matrix from Every Child California by   clicking here
State Budget – Trailer Bills, LAO Publication and Upcoming Hearings
  Budget Trailer Bills - Five budget trailer bills with items of likely interest to the field of early care and education have been posted on the Department of Finance website (see ) and are also listed on the matrix of legislation.
Budget Hearings - To access budget hearings on line, go to
Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) Publication – The 2020-21 Budget: Assessing the Governor’s Reorganization (of Child Care Services) Proposals
On February 7, 2020, the LAO released the above-reference publication outlining a series of suggested questions for legislators to consider as they evaluate the Governor’s proposals for consolidating or transferring government functions, including the proposed transfer of most early care and education programs and activities to a newly established Department of Early Childhood Education. The report is available at   .
Local Trainings & Events
   Humboldt Local Child Care Planning Council

The mission of the Local Child Care Planning Council of Humboldt County is to assess, plan, and promote quality, accessible, affordable child care and development services reflecting the diverse needs of families throughout Humboldt County.

Come to the next meeting!
April 8 th 6 pm at Humboldt County Office of Education, Alder room. 
All are welcome to attend.

0 to 8 Mental Health Collaborative

 Humboldt County Infant- Family and Early
Childhood Mental Health
Tentative Training Calendar 2019-2020
For registration information please contact Scarlet Ibis-Roley at
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Job Opportunities