News & Notes
Word Gap Hurting Children and Early Educators- Click here to access Washington Post article about study identifying low literacy levels of the early childhood workforce and what it could mean for efforts to advance quality.
Institute Hosts Growing Greatness Partner Discussions - The Institute is partnering with a statewide community college project to gather input on increasing use of community college early childhood options. The project is funded by Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant and is being coordinated by Blue Ridge Community College in partnership with the NC Community College System.
New Study on Math Competency Needs and Strategies for Early Educators Released - Click here.
2014 NC Child Care Workforce Study Released – Child Care Services Association released the latest NC Child Care Workforce Study. Click here to access the full report.
Technical Assistance Practitioners Hold Institute Endorsement - The new TA Endorsement developed with Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant funding in 2013 is held by more than 91 TA providers in the state. Learn more and access application materials here.
Institute Supporting NCDPH Effort To Grow Healthy Child Care. A grant to the new DPH Clinical and Community Connections for Prevention and Health is being guided by a statewide committee who are working to support efforts including professional development/training, implementing evidence-based interventions and assessment and evaluation.
NC ECE Health Collaborative Statewide Committee
Institute Board member runs for NAEYC President Elect – Focused on Early Educators - Ballots have been released to NAEYC members to support the election of the national Board of Directors. NC Candidate and Institute Board Member, Deb Cassidy, is running for President. Dr. Cassidy offers NAEYC leadership an opportunity to be led by one of our own, with hands on and in-depth experience, knowledge and understanding of early childhood system. Click here to read her candidate statement. See the candidate video.
Tools, Webinars & Conferences
NCECA Telephone Seminars - Click here for list.
February 21, 2015 - ASK Conference, Chapel Hill, NC. CEU credits available. FULL
March 23 – 25, 2015 - Synergy Conference for Afterschool Partners & Providers, Greenville, NC.
April 28 & 29, 2015 - T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Symposium, Chapel Hill Registration opens in February.
May 4 – 7, 2015 - Smart Start National Conference, Greensboro, NC. Registration opens soon.
Certified? Click the Pig! EEC Marketplace open and generating savings for certified early educators. Click on the pig above!
EEC Reduced Fee Continues! Through March 31, 2015, early educators working with or on behalf of children ages birth to five can apply for EEC for only $10! This reduced fee applies to initial certification and renewal of the Early Care and Education Scale. Fees will increase to $25 April 1, 2015.
EEC Renewal CEU requirements reduced. Institute requirements for renewal for those certified on the ECE scale have been reduced to align with the college credit requirements.
CEU Events Growing. Institute partners across the state are buildng CEU options for your use. Click on the Calendar of Training and CEU Events tabs above to access continuing education options.
Professional Development Bonuses are available to 4- and 5-star child care centers and family child care homes to reward investments in professional development. Early Educator Certification is an option for eligibility. Number and time-limited resources so act now! Access details and application here.
EEC Levels & Teacher Ed Point Charts. Click here to download star rating & EEC level charts (scroll to bottom of page) for teacher education points to support your use of EEC as an equivalency option for staff education points. Administrator equivalency information is not yet available.
You can use your EEC educational assessment…
One Certification, Many Uses..EEC Counts for
National News & Publications
Invest in US.Check out the link to information about investments being made in us, early educators, and the quality of child care across the US at this YouTube link. Click here to join the national coalition of people, businesses, government partners, non-profit leaders, foundations and more who are committing to growing high quality early care and education services in our nation.
New report, Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study. The release was marked by a panel discussion on the report and the working conditions of the early childhood workforce, hosted and moderated by New America. View the webcast here.
Lift Your Voice…post your story – how does child care subsidy affect you? The amount of dollars you have for your program? You compensation for working in a child care program? The enrollment in your program. Click here!
Building a Skilled Workforce (September 2014) - Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
NIEER Brief: Raising the Bar on Early Education
New NC Poll Shows Broad Support for Early Childhood Education - Read more