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SAC Meeting Highlights

California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC).
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, CA 95814
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Members Present:
Pete Cervinka, Co-Chair
Camille Maben, Co-Chair
Nancy Bargmann
Magdalena Carrasco
Sydney Fisher-Larson
Mark Friedman
Katie Johnson
Nancy Remley
Ryan Storm
Natalie Woods Andrews

Members Absent:
Julian Crocker
Linda James Perry

Item 1 Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Comments
  • Sue Burr, Executive Director of the State Board of Education and Education Policy Advisor to the Governor, made opening comments. Ms. Burr stated that the Administration values local control and diverse opinions of the council members. Consensus is good, but if it can’t be reached, votes aren’t necessary and all opinions expressed will be brought to the Governor. Camille Maben and Pete Cervinka will guide the work of the SAC and will be the communication link with the Administration.
  • Council Members introduced themselves and provided their position and their connection to young children.

Public Comment: None

Item 2 Roles and Responsibilities of the State Advisory Council
  • An overview of the council mission, functions, and responsibilities as stated in the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 was presented.
  • An emphasis will be placed on coordinating and collaborating with state agencies that serve young children with a focus on identifying barriers and opportunities. This will be inclusive of all services, not just early learning.
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) present current opportunities.
  • Natalie Woods Andrews requested that the California Head Start State Collaboration Office (CHSSCO) provide an update on the work they do.
  • Overview of meetings:
    • Agendas and materials will be posted on the State Board of Education Web site and linked to Child Development Division Web page.
    • Meetings will follow provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act.
    • Videoconferencing may be considered for meetings in the future.
    • No council member delegates, as members are appointed by the Governor; staff can be sent to take notes if a member is unable to attend.
    • Meetings will be held three times a year to start and schedule will depend on what work we need to be done.
    • Meeting highlights are being recorded and will be brought back to the next meeting.

Public Comment: None

Item 3 Presentation on the California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (A Required American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project)
  • The California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (CCELP) is a required as part of ARRA funding.
  • The plan addresses policies and programs and resource allocation and must be completed by June 2013.
  • The CCELP team will utilize input from a broad scope of stakeholders, including SAC members and is working to develop stakeholder strategies, including regional input meetings (see handout in packet).

AIR Meta-Analysis:

  • Reviewed current research (81 reports), published statistics, and analyzed data from various sources.
  • Report is three-part: 1) Statistics on children and families including poverty, dual language learners, and other risk factors including health; 2) Key findings of reports in multiple areas; 3) Additional detail of reports in table format.
  • An appendix includes county data for a local perspective.
  • Key informant interviews and meta-analysis will inform an online survey to disseminate as broadly as possible; purpose of the quantitative and open-ended survey is to get as broad a range of input as possible into planning process; all the information gathered will help create agendas for a series of workshops around the state and at least one virtual workshop.
  • CCELP team conducted an activity. Emerging themes: workforce education and compensation, universal quality system for zero to five, and family engagement.
  • Two SAC members, Mark Friedman and Natalie Woods Andrews, volunteered to serve as CCELP liaisons. Communication and meetings will be remote (conference call or other) as there is no funding for travel.
Public Comment:

Jan DeLapp, American River College - When will the AIR meta-analysis summary be posted? The AIR reports can be found on the SAC Meetings Web site.

Linda Asato, California Child Care Resource &Referral Network – would like to see focus groups with parents to get their input on the CCELP.

Item 4   Overview of Additional American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Projects
  • There are 10 projects at varying stages of implementation funded by $10.8 million of federal ARRA dollars.
  • The projects are all intended to improve kindergarten preparedness in the state, leading to improved long-term outcomes.
  • Projects fall into three areas – coordination planning and needs assessment (two projects), improving early learning quality (four projects), and school readiness (three projects).
  • SAC members requested written updates on ARRA projects periodically; would like to consider ways to determine that these projects are working and are being utilized by the intended population.
  • All funds will be spent by August 31, 2013.
  • Child Development Division staff will share videos and materials as they are available.
Public Comment:

Giannina Perez, Children Now - Children Now has been helping to roll out assessment tool for school readiness (Desired Results Developmental Profile: School Readiness [DRDP-SR]) and would like to go further with dissemination and awareness; they would like the Superintendent of Public Instruction to do a press release; Children Now is also supportive of the information needs assessment – there is a need to aggregate the data that is collected and look at information not collected; data is needed to identify where are kids are at and their needs.

One SAC Member concurred with the comments on the DRDP-SR; would like to talk about the tool’s reliability, ways to use the tool and encourage more to use it.

Item 5   Overview of Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge
  • California’s received a $52.6 million federal RTT-ELC grant.
  • Approximately 74 percent of California’s RTT-ELC grant funding will be spent at the local level to support a voluntary network of 17 Regional Leadership Consortia (Consortia) to implement Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.
  • RTT-ELC also funds 10 other projects. The grant objective is to improve the quality of early learning programs and close the achievement gap for children with high needs. Statewide projects focus on the health, behavioral, and development needs of children with high needs and on the early education workforce.
  • Staff provided an overview of the goals of RTT-ELC, an overview of the application process, and emphasized that the focused on local participation and control.
  • The Consortia agreed on three common tiers within their local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems - two were required by the federal government.
  • Participating state agencies include Public Health, Department of Social Services, and the Department of Developmental Services.

Public Comment: None

Closing Comments
  • Suggestion to meet in January and April of 2013.
  • Mark Friedman, Sydney Fisher-Larson, and Natalie Woods Andrews would like to serve as CCELP liaisons – Need to select only two members because three constitutes a meeting that would need to be conducted publicly.
  • The SAC should be committed to be locally driven and will do “sales and marketing” on pertinent issues, tools, and resources that are of value to others serving young children in California.
Questions:   Marguerite Ries | | 916-322-4883
Last Reviewed: Monday, November 17, 2014

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