To serve as a dynamic voice for California Community College Early Childhood Education
- Serve as an active stakeholder when decisions are made about ECE workforce development
- Be the primary ECE teacher preparation/workforce development body
- Partner actively with other stakeholders and maintain our unique focus and role of representing community colleges
- Help shape and track ECE policy development
- Serve as a resource to child development/early childhood education departments throughout the state wide regional meetings twice yearly.
Holding Bev Bos in Mind
Excerpts from the reflections shared by Mary Jane Maguire-Fong at the memorial celebration for Bev Bos, Feb. 14, 2016, Roseville, CA.
Bev cared deeply for children, for their parents, and for teachers of young children. And they cared deeply for her. Bev saw children fully, she listened to them intently. She shared their sense of wonder. And she learned from them. And they learned from her.Bev taught us to listen to children, as they reveal to us their brilliance, their compassion, their awareness of others’ thoughts and feelings, their problems, and their solutions to those problems. Bev would beckon and say, “You’ve got to see this! Come here. Watch. Did you see that? Did you hear what he said? ”
In these moments of watching, and wondering what children were doing or thinking, Bev captured the richness of children’s ideas, she held them in ways that gave them deep value. And she saw herself as a resource to their learning. “What do you need?” she would say. And before long, she would return with something more that she saw might add complexity to the children’s invention, script, or project.
Each day, Bev arrived hours before the first child would step foot in the school and made sure that every square foot of the room and yard was in order, provisioned with the materials children might need to launch their investigations, to tell their stories, to build their forts, or to set sail in their vessels. And then she would take her place near the front door and welcome children and families with her warm words, “I’ve been waiting for you.” If that’s not the magic of teaching young children, I don’t know what is.
In many ways, I think, Bev knew children better than anyone, even those who spend their careers doing research in child development. If you heard Bev speak at conferences, you may recall her saying, with respect to very shy children, “All some children need is just 10 minutes more.”
Bev was a pillar in early childhood education, a champion of children’s right to play and a champion of teachers’ right to teach in ways that make sense for children. We might feel, that with her death, this pillar of hope for children, families, and teachers has been knocked from under us. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Nothing. Listen to this quote from Bev, “What we do with children will take them by the hand for the rest of their lives.” With her words, her songs, and her stories, Bev took us by the hand. She handed us a charge – to listen well to children, to care deeply for them and care about them, to learn from them, and to wonder with them. The lovely thing is . . . when we do this, children will do the same – listen well; care for themselves and others; be willing to learn from each other; and indulge their sense of wonder. What more could we ask?
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Feedback and comments on the Early Education Block Grant
The California Department of Education website CalEdFacts states that “California has recognized the value of quality early childhood education…. birth through school-age for over 70 years. … After World War ll California was the only state to continue (child care) centers under the administration of the California Department of Education.”
The goal of a consolidated funding stream for early education and care is worth pursuing.
But we need to preserve the state’s 70 year legacy and address the entire early care and education system and seek ways to make it a truly seamless system serving the full continuum of early childhood, from infancy to kindergarten and beyond.
But we need to preserve the funding and management stream through the California Department of Education-Moving the funding stream from the California Department of Education to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will tear down the California’s early childhood legacy, its established Early Learning and Development System and consistency across the state.
Local Education Agencies (LEAs) educational background requirements do not include coursework in early childhood education or child development. Therefore, the personnel administering the funding for these programs may not understand or value the need for these programs or be aware of the aspects that would comprise quality in early childhood education.
Build on the quality structures and resources already in place and look at all early care and education contracted programs to establish consistency.
Promote legislative requirements to utilize the Early Learning and Development System Learning and Development Foundations, Curriculum Frameworks and Desired Results Assessment System in Transitional Kindergartens throughout California.
Impact on community college early childhood education lab schools and the upcoming early childhood workforce.
The block grant proposal risks destabilizing funding for community college early childhood education lab schools which train the majority of the upcoming early childhood workforce by providing supervised clinical experiences for student teachers preparing for a teaching certificate or degree.
Many colleges have braided contracts for Prop 98 state preschool with non-Prop 98 general child care and education in order to provide full day service to children infancy to kindergarten entry. The block grant only addresses one portion of such funding. Access to their non-Prop 98 contracts is in question. Also implied is that they would be subject to two distinct sets of standards, one that applies to Prop 98 funds and another for non-Prop 98 funds, adding a burden of complexity to staffing and program operation.
|Governor’s Budget 2016-2017
As you may have already heard, Governor Brown is again attempting to change state policy regarding Early Childhood Education through restructuring the system with an Early Education Block Grant in his 2016-2017 Budget Proposal. Check this link to find out more about the plan:
What can we do to educate the governor, the Dept. of Finance and the Legislature about the short-sightedness of this approach?
Monday, February 29th, 1 pm to 4 pm*
*This meeting will offer opportunities for public input at the following sites:
• Butte County Office of Education
• Fresno County Office of Education
• Kern County Superintendent of Schools
• Los Angeles County Office of Education –
• Marin County Office of Education
Riverside County Office of Education
• San Diego County Office of Education –
• Santa Barbara County Office of Education
Tuesday, March 8th, 9 am to 12 pm
Monday, March 14th, 1 pm to 4 pm*
2. Find your legislators to write or call:
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