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The debate over vaccinations for children, stirred by the recent measles outbreak, continues. Several states, including California, are considering legislation concerning mandatory vaccination and attendance in public schools. Below is a link to a recent infographic published in California Healthline illustrating the opinion of parents of preschool age children and attendance at day care centers, and a graph from Centers for Disease Control(CDC) depicting the relative magnitude of the current measles outbreak.

Daycare Vaccination Poll

Measles cases and outbreaks from January 1-February 6, 2015. 121 cases reported in 17 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington. One outbreak represents 85% of reported cases this year. Annual reported cases have ranged from a low of 37 in 2004 to a high of 644 in 2014. Data are provisional for cases in 2015.Va

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Pre-K Funding Drops

Children are one of our most precious natural resources. It is not only logical, but imperative that the nation invest in its children. Early Childhood Education benefits the child academically and behaviorally, helping to ensure that the child will complete his/her formal education and become a productive citizen and self-sufficient adult. These children are the individuals to whom the older generation will be entrusting their futures. By investing in our children we are investing in ourselves.

Children are the only form of immortality we can be sure of.   –  Peter Ustinov

http://www.childcareexchange.com/eed/news_print.php?news_id=3073

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MU News Bureau | MU News Bureau. Link to the full story about the importance of early childhood education programs for establishing a foundation for educational success. Preschools are an important part of every child’s development.

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Education Conference Calender Fall 2011

By tradition,  September marks the commencement of a new academic year. The beginning of a new school year is often wrought with emotion, and brings a variety of expectations on the part of parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff. This year have INSPIRATION be a key dynamic in motivating all stake-holders to achieve a fulfilling experience in 2011-2012.  Attached is a partial  list of selected educational events scheduled in California from September through November 2011 which you may find to be  interesting and stimulating.

Best wishes for a rewarding year!

Sue

 

 

 

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An article entitled ‘Technology in Education’ appeared in today’s NY Times [ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/technology/technology-in-schools-faces-questions-on-value.html ]. A central theme of the article questioned the high-cost of technology versus the measurable achievements of the schools/students based on standardized test scores. Two key phrases in the article stood out – one, that more technology means less teachers, and two, that teachers become guides rather than lecturers. Technology is not a panacea. Technology is a tool that can enhance and enrich the learning environment and process. It is imperative that the teachers in technology-based learning environments be trained in the use of that technology and know how to implement it effectively in the classroom; this includes training/teaching the students on the specifics of the tools and programs to be used in the classroom, as well as continual teacher guidance, supervision and monitoring of the students. The teacher should not become ONLY a guide, but  ALSO a guide. The computers and smart boards are NOT replacements for the teachers but  rather become the teachers’ assistants/aides.

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In Brief: Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn and Arizona Department of Revenue v. Winn – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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