It is time to celebrate, appreciate, recognize, and grow!
I am humbled to lead an outstanding group of resilient early educators as we move beyond survival of the pandemic to opening our hearts to transform the futures of all children and families. I am appreciative as I serve the second year of my presidency with colleagues' bravery, thoughtfulness, and collaborative efforts.
Together we will continue to build on our organization's most significant assets by maintaining relationships and making new connections. In addition, SCC-CAAEYC keeps the flexibility necessary to respond to the needs of the early childhood education community through our professional development, webinar, workshops, and advocacy. Finally, we are dedicated to nurturing, growing, and developing early childhood leaders. Studies show that investments in high-quality early childhood education save taxpayer dollars, make working families more economically secure, prepare children to succeed in school, earn higher wages, live healthier lives, avoid incarceration, and contribute to society.
We are just coming off celebrating the Week of The Young Child, honoring and validating our youngest learners and families with five fun-filled themes each day. A special thanks for celebrating the Week of The Young Child at our local region, state, and national levels.
We still have more to celebrate! Earth Day is on April 22 every year. The day inspires us to act toward protecting the environment and focus on the need for conservation. We can teach our young learners how to make this world a better place now and for future generations. Earth day is recognized as the largest civic event in the world.
Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated in the first week of May. Teachers have such a significant impact on the lives of our children. Since 1984, the National PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) has designated a whole week to honor the women and men who lend their passion, skills, hard work, and dedication to educating our children. A million thanks to all the excellent teachers in the lives of children as we celebrate, appreciate, and recognize your accomplishment with young children helping them find joy in learning.
Lastly, we want to continue to grow the field of early childhood education by strongly advocating and supporting a robust and diverse universal preschool system inclusive of both school and community-based providers.
Gloria J. Davis, M.A., President
Southern California Chapter
California Association for the Education of Young Children (SCC-CAAEYC)
It's NOT too late!
You still have time to register for the 2022 CAAEYC Conference in Pasadena! And, plan now for next year's conference, too!
The link below will guide you to the lists of workshops/presenters and all the activities you will come to know and enjoy!
Make this the year to return and enjoy networking and learning with others in real time and real life!
My contribution is in honor of the LAPP COVID-19 Response Team, which was a gathering of mutual support from over 150 local Preschool Directors throughout the worst ~ 18 months of the pandemic. We shared pertinent operational information, and offered collegial guidance and consolation, without which our programs and our own state of wellbeing would certainly have suffered more greatly.
Thank you, Leila, for your kind words and donation to SCC-CAAEYC to recognize the LAPP COVID-19 Response Team.
SCC Announces Opening for VP Membership/Communications
If you are interested in voluntarily serving on the SCC Board of Directors, you may complete the attached application and submit it prior to April 27.
As we know, a child’s development can be impacted by many things; toxic stress can hinder development just as the presence of a reliable adult can support it. Currently we, as a community, nation and world, are facing stressors that are beyond the control of families. In this session we will discussthe impact of COVID 19, institutionalized racism and other factors on families and in turn, on the development of young children, and how we can support a child’s development, even in difficult times. The CDC has released new Developmental Milestones. An update on the information and how to share it with families will be addressed.
Fran Goldfarb is Director of Community Education, Information Dissemination and Technical Assistance for the University of Southern California University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her priorities will be to strengthen communication between the USC UCEDD, its community partners, self-advocates and family members; and expanding education and technical assistance programs for individuals and their families with disabilities. Fran was one of the first Family Support faculty in the LEND network and had an instrumental role in the development of this LEND discipline. She has been a leader in family support both here and through the Association of University Centers on Disability. Fran is a staunch supporter of peer advocates and family navigators as well as being a steadfast advocate for families and their children.
The Southern California Chapter (SCC) is pleased to invite you to register for an update on this very timely topic with ECE experts and members of the ECE field.
The presenters listed below are also members of PEACH, (PEACH is an ECE cross-sector higher education collaborative since 2011 with faculty colleagues from 25 institutions of higher education in Los Angeles County and now statewide with faculty from approximately 80 institutions of higher education.)
Jan Fish, Ed.D., has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since the late 1960s, working in ECE center-based programs as teacher assistant, teacher, and director for 11 years.
Earning her doctorate in Early Childhood and Developmental Studies at UCLA, Jan joined the faculty at CSUN where she coordinated the BA Program in Child Development and the MA program in ECE. She has held three Fulbright Fellowships in Early Childhood Education in Uruguay (1967-68; 2004) and Spain (1986), and has taught and lectured in Spanish in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
Jan is Co-Lead of Partnerships for Education, Articulation and Coordination through Higher Education (PEACH) from 2011 to the present. She is member of the CAAEYC Public Policy Committee where she co-leads with Fran Chasen the Professional Development and Policy Linkages Workgroup.
Dr. Helen M. Davis is the Program Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at UCLA Extension, Education Department. She has been a teacher, researcher and program director for birth through 12th grade education for over 35 years and has worked at UCLA since 1996. Davis earned an MS in Ed. from the Bank Street School of Education and an Ed. D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a Fulbright Fellow. Publications include Coherence, Dissonance, and Personal Style in Learning to Teach (2017), Learning in Residence: Mixed-methods research on an Urban Teacher Residency Program (2015) and Framing Teacher Learning Dispositions: A summer Institute on Special Education (2014). Davis is a co-lead in the CA ECE Faculty Advocacy group, PEACH. Davis regularly presents at conferences in the US and Latin America. Recent presentations include Public Policy and Education in ECE: a US perspective, Keynote, and Pedagogical and Curricular Development in ECE: Brain and Play workshop, at III IberoAmerican and Colombia National Congress for Quality Education in ECE (2019); Cultural Transmission of Social Knowledge in Early Childhood Education, Jewish Federation of America, JECELI Program (2019); Dynamic and Inclusive Classrooms: A relational approach to teaching diverse college students. CAAEYC (2020).
Dr. Denise Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan in Developmental Psychology and contributed to the longitudinal Family Transitions Study. Dr. Kennedy holds a dual degree in clinical psychology and Marriage Family Therapy and worked with elementary school children in the Downey Unified School district. He is the co-lead of the ECE Credential workgroup with PEACH.Dr. Kennedy’s research centers on enhancing the social and emotional development of children and families and how children learn to regulate emotions. The scope of her recent research focuses on parents’ and teachers’ efficacy— the belief that they will be able to work successfully with children. New research also encompasses Cross-cultural sensitivity for students traveling abroad, and emerging parenthood for college students.
Dr. Sandra Moe is a Child Development/Education full-time tenured faculty member at Rio Hondo College. In addition to teaching the Child Development Practicum class – which allows students to apply what they’ve learned in Child Development classes to working with children in a laboratory environment – Dr. Moe is the coordinator for the center. She also teaches one course over the semester that varies between Introduction to Special Education, Child Growth and Development or Adult Supervision. Dr. Moe earned associate degrees in general studies and early childhood education from Cerritos College; a bachelor’s degree in child development from California State University, Fullerton; and a master’s degree and doctorate from Utah State University in family and human development. For the last 12 years, Dr. Moe has worked at Rio Hondo College and served as coordinator for the center for the last four. She has a great wealth of knowledge in the area of laboratory schools, having worked her way up from aide to teacher at the Cerritos College lab school, and directing the lab school at Utah for six years.
Information on the PK-3 ECE Specialist Credential
New Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) have been developed as part of the work to establish a new PK-3 ECE Specialist Credential.
For questions about the recent survey or the work relating to the PK-3 ECE Specialist credential, email ECE@ctc.ca.gov.
As part of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s (CTC’s) work to develop the Preschool through 3rd grade (PK-3) ECE Specialist Credential, a new set of Preparation Program Standards for the proposed PK-3 ECE Specialist Credential has been drafted. The Program Standards describe quality and effectiveness expectations and are used for accreditation.
Another survey for public input regarding the draft PK-3 ECE Specialist Credential Program Standards is now available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XC2TTDC. The deadline for responding to the survey is Tuesday, April 26, 2022.