News & Notes
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Institute Workgroups Conduct SWOT analysis. Four Institute workgroups composed of early educators and partners from across the state are engaged in a six month strategic planning effort to identify next steps in advancing the education, compensation and professional recognition of the NC early childhood workforce. Watch for results.
Institute to Offer Play Outside NC CEU training in February for 60 Beaufort County Early Educators. The Institute in collaboration with UNC-TV and partners in Eastern NC are building training and public education tools to grow the use of early math and science concepts in outdoor settings for NC EEC certified early educators and families. The Play Outside NC PBS segments will air in spring 2016 on the UNC-TV’s program. NC Science Now.
Public Policy Training-Opportunities for Action. The Institute and NC Child Care Coalition offered a series of trainings to help early educators learn about what public policy is and how they can lift their voices to support your interests in advancing the field.
New College to Career Videos Sandhills Community College has released a set of College to Career videos, featuring Early Childhood Department students who have pursued degrees, articulated credits into four-year and graduate degrees, entered from home school settings. Click here.
New State of the Early Childhood Workforce Profiles Emerging! The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has released its first in a series of state profiles on the early childhood workforce. Check out the California profile here.
National Poll Shows Voters Rate Early Childhood Education as Top Priority. Click here to access the First Five Years Fund poll results.
IOM Report Calls for Supports for Creating a Highly Qualified, EducatedWorkforce. Click here to access the report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age Eight: A Unifying Foundation. Click here to access recommendations summary report.
New Data on Today’s Nontraditional College Students – Early educators are non-traditional students. Recently, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics of Nontraditional Undergraduates: 2011-12, a report with descriptive statistics about nontraditional undergraduate students. CLASP highlights additional data points reflecting the nontraditional status of today’s undergraduates and makes policy recommendations to address these students’ complex circumstances.
NAEYC Poll Shows Support and Need for Specialized Ed & Higher Compensation. Click here to access the findings memo released by NAEYC.
Child Care is Crazy Expensive, But Child Care Workers Can’t Make Ends Meet. The new Economic Policy Institute report and blog notes that “Child care workers are already earning far less than other workers—poverty wages, in many cases—for doing one of the most important, taxing jobs out there. It’ll take the concerted action of both private employers and government entities to fix this tightening double-bind.” Click here to read blog.
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Institute CCHC Certification Process Pilot Underway – A grant from a GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope grant is supporting the Institute to create a certification for NC Child Care Health Consultants. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Gillings School of Public Health at the UNC-CH, the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center, the NC Child Care Health Consultant Association, the NC Partnership for Children and Child Care Services Association. Field test participants have been selected. Watch for details and a new web-based benefits and resources for our state’s CCHCs; all coming soon!
TA Endorsed Practitioners Top 100! The Institute has certified more than 100 TA Practitioners in NC. Endorsed applicants must be certified by the Institute at a level 11 or higher, possess specialized knowledge and skills, participate in a tailored training on the art and science of technical assistance and continue to grow their knowledge through ongoing professional development.
Early Educator Professional Development Bonuses Extended to December 2016 or when the funds are gone! 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.
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One Certification, Many Uses..EEC Counts for
Statewide Professional Development
ASK Conference. March 5, 2016. Chapel Hill.
Growing In Place, NLU Conference. March 17, Raleigh.
NC CCHC Conference. April 6 and 7, Chapel Hill.
National T.E.A.C.H. & WAGE$ Symposium. April 26 & 27, 2016. Chapel Hill.
Smart Start 2016 National Conference. May 2 – 5. 2016, Greensboro.
2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute. May 10-12, 2016, Chapel Hill.
NCaeyc 63rd Annual Conference. September 15-17, 2016. Raleigh.