Monday, April 25, 2022
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day on May 6th!
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day (led by Child Care Aware of America) is celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day every year to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.

Child care providers were essential long before the pandemic, and the past year has highlighted the lengths to which they are willing to go to keep their doors open to serve the children of other essential workers.

Help us celebrate and thank child care providers across the nation on May 6, 2022 for Child Care Provider Appreciation Day! 
Universal PreKindergarten (UPK)
The Early Education Division (EED) hosts weekly Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) office hours. The EED will be hosting virtual office hours on Wednesday afternoons targeted for Local Education Agencies (school districts, charter schools, county offices of education) so that attendees can come and ask questions and receive technical assistance about UPK implementation. The first 15 minutes will be a quick review of UPK and the latest developments.

Registration for each week’s Office Hour opportunity will open the Friday afternoon before each Wednesday’s event. Registration will be limited to 500 participants per session and will be open to all regions of California. Please register ahead of time. 

The EED has posted resources for UPK here, including information from the first two UPK webinars and first round of guidance to use in planning for UPK implementation.

Click here to register for the next UPK Office Hour on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, from 4–5 p.m. 
First 5 SF and OECE (soon-to-be Department of Early Childhood) co-hosted webinars with the San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Early Education Division to provide an overview of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Plan.

Since then, they compiled answers to frequently asked questions they have been hearing from the community. You can find their new FAQ as well as the UPK Plan Overview webinar recording and powerpoint presentation linked below:

You can also find all of these resources on the OECE website page (scroll down to "Past Meeting Materials" section).

As UPK Planning develops, we will continue to collaborate and keep you informed. 
Upcoming Events
Child Care Licensing Program April Webinars 

The Community Care Licensing Division, Child Care Program (CCP), hosts webinars via phone or ZOOM Webinar for Child Care providers. The purpose of these meetings is to share timely and valuable information that impacts Child Care providers and allow attendees to ask questions of the CCP team members and guests. The webinar content is interpreted into Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. 

Highlights include speakers from the Child Care Law Center - Mandated Reporting Requirements, Bridge Program/R&R - Trauma Informed Care, and California Department of Public Health - COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
Tuesday, April 26th at 6:00 pm
Register in advance for this webinar: ZOOM Registration Link 
Wednesday, April 27th at 2:00 pm
Register in advance for this webinar: ZOOM Registration Link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
For questions or additional information, contact 
COVID Vaccines for Children in Early Care and Education
Friday, May 6th at 10am-11am

Join Penn State Better Kid Care and Dr. Timothy Shope, MD, MPH for the latest update on COVID vaccines for children in early care and education settings. Questions about availability and effectiveness of the vaccine, ongoing research, how the Omicron variant might affect vaccines and how to support vaccine confidence for families will be among the many topics discussed during this free 1-hour webinar.

May 18, 2022 | 11am | FREE

Because of the expansion of preschool programs in public school districts, the majority of principals are now required to supervise early childhood teachers and classrooms. Unfortunately, information on child development and early childhood education is not a mandatory component of administrative training programs in most states nor is it a top priority for professional development for administrators working in public school districts. As a result, nationwide, principals are expressing their interest in learning more about early childhood education so they can become effective early learning leaders. This webinar is designed to address this gap.
June 23-25, 2022 | San Francisco, CA

"Celebrating the Golden Era of Child Care: Connecting Commitment to Quality"

Join the 2022 NAFCC Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 23-25, 2022 to network, collaborate and innovate with your family child care peers.

June 23-26, 2022 | HYBRID: Virtual & Vancouver, Canada

“Being together in/with place: Reimagining pedagogies in transformational times.”

Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) is dedicated to facilitating exchanges about work that challenge mainstream ideas regarding how young children learn and grow. In theory and in practice, RECE members question universal assumptions that mask the realities of local contexts and conditions. Please visit the RECE website for updates and program posting.

2022 RECE hybrid conference will take place at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. 
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