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Opening the Door to Early Learning

Welcome! CHSA is proud to serve the teachers, health specialists, family service staff and all the other dedicated people who support California's most vulnerable children and families. CHSA is a non-profit, member supported association providing quality professional development, convening and advocacy to advance early learning and child development.


CHSA’s Integrated (Birth to 5) Licensing Bill -- (AB 762, Mullin)

Introduced to the the Assembly on February 25, 2015.

The proposed bill would:

      • Create a single license for Centers serving children age birth through age 5.
      • Maintain existing quality standards – caregiver training, child/adult ratios based on age, etc.
      • Promote continuity of caregiver relationships and continuity of a child’s peer relationships.
      • Reduce vacancies, enabling current system to serve more children
      • Be fiscally neutral – programs would continue to pay licensing fees equal to current system.
      • Reduce paperwork for child development facilities and for CA Community Care Licensing.

To follow the bill's progress go to:

CHSA's Legislation page: Visit

The AB 762 document page: Visit


Head Start Funding

Head Start programs in California rebound as funding increases.
Published: Feb. 18, 2015

As a result of the “sequestration” battle, the 5 percent cut to Head Start programs hit the poorest California families particularly hard.

Today, the picture in California is decidedly brighter. There is more money, and enrollment in programs, particularly for children from birth to age 3 who are in Early Head Start, is rebounding across the state.

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Vaccination Statistics

Why California’s Head Start Kids Are Better Protected From Measles
Published: Feb. 18, 2015

A look at nearly 9,000 child care facilities in California shows that the private, likely more expensive, programs are where kids are most at risk during this measles outbreak.


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EHS-CCP & EHS Expansion Grants

Preliminary Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion Awards
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in negotiation with agencies for the award of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion grants.

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CLASS

Top 10 Ways to Make the CLASS Tool Work for Your Head Start Program
Two programs with top CLASS scores were asked by the OHS Regional Office to describe their approach.  Check out the slides.

CLASS Presentation

 

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