Institute News & Notes
TA Practitioner Endorsement Focus Groups Completed - The Institute held a series of virtual focus groups in April and May with technical assistance practitioners to gather input from the field on recommended criteria for the TA Endorsement. A total of five virtual, one-hours focus groups were held to inform the criteria for the emerging Technical Assistance Endorsement (TAE).
Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant funds are supporting the Institute in building an endorsement for those providing technical assistance services to early educators and early care and education and out of school time programs in NC. The endorsement, AEE-TA, will be piloted in fall 2013 and be available statewide in early 2014.
Institute Opens Spring 2013 Webinar Series – EEC, Grant Writing 101 & Developing a CEU. See column to the right for details on each option.
New! NC’s TA Practitioner Competencies released by DCDEE (updated April 23, 2013)
Tools, Seminars & Webinars
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Free Training/EEC Webinars - Free one hour live webinars on EEC for 1.0 DCDEE credit are available through the Institute. Click on date below to register. Space is limited. Credit issued 30 days from date of training via email.
Shape NC & Institute Wrap Up Pilot CEU. Nearly 140 early educators completed the recorded webinar series and practice quizzes. Successful participants will be receiving a 1.0 CEU by email from UNCW this month. Click here to learn more about the project. Questions or CEU needs? Please email AMichel@ncsmartstart.org at the NC Partnership for Children if you have not received your CEU certificate by email by May 25.
Grant Writing 101 Webinar Training - May 30 at 10 AM ($10 fee)
Early educators who apply for Early Educator Certification (EEC) postmarked by June 3, 2013 are eligible to participate in the FREE .5 CEU (5 hours) online only series to be offered mid- June to mid-July.
PD Connections This 6/4/13 training forum is for TA & PD Providers & Directors (no credit provided) Click for details…limited space. $20 fee, $15 if certified.
Free early childhood public policy training to be offered across the state (.5 online and .5 in person, two-part series).
Free Fire Exinguisher & Emergency Preparedness Training Incentives Offered in April & May. Must apply for EEC or new your EEC to be eligible – email us for details.
$10 Certification or Renewal Continued with Race to Top! Do you have it yet? Early educators can apply for Early Educator Certification (EEC) for just $10 for the next three months (deadline June 3, 2013). Click here to access the EEC application.
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.
More Options – Effective 8/1/12: Early Educator Certification was added in rule as an additional education equivalency option for the Star Rated License (refer to rule numbers below and/or view the DCDEE rule changes). This new equivalency option may allow individuals to qualify as Lead Teacher, Teacher, Family Child Care Home Provider and/or Program Coordinator using their current EEC certificate. DCDEE rules 10A NCAC 09 .2819 – .2823 – Education Standards for a Rated License for Child Care Centers and 10A NCAC 09 .2824 – .2826 – for Child Care Centers that provide care only to school-aged children).
Certification Prize Raffle Underway! Get certified or renew your certification between now and April 30, 2013 and be entered into drawings for $50 Target gift cards, Discount School Supply prize and/or free fire extinguishers!
EEC Rewards & Benefits Tips
EEC Provides Savings for Certified Early Educators! Do you have it yet? Over 23,000 early educators are certified in NC and accessing discounts on everything from pampers to theme park tickets, attending free work life webinars and more! Use your EEC ID to access more insurance information available in the EEC Rewards & Benefits section!
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