News & Notes 

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

NC Fields NAEYC Presidential Candidate - Dr. Deborah Cassidy of UNCG, a long standing leader in the field of early childhood in the areas of workforce development, compensation, public policy and research in NC and the nation and Institute Board member, is running for NAEYC President.Click here to read her statement.

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

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 75 TA providers in the state. Learn more and access application materials here.

New NC Poll Shows Broad Support for Early Childhood Education – Read more

Strengthening the Early Childhood & School Age Workforce: A tool to Improve Workplace Conditions, Compensation  and Access to Professional Development (USDHHS ACF Publication May 2014)

Massage Envy Joins NC-Based Groups to Offer Discounts for Certified Early Educators  EEC holders are now eligible for Massage Envy discounts nationwide. Use your EEC ID to enter the EEC Rewards and Benefits portal. Click on the Health and Wellness section and access massage benefits information.

Institute Moves to Next Phase of Early Childhood Public Policy Training in 2014 - Funding for a third year of the Lifting Voices project has been awarded to the Institute from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Watch for opportunities to increase your knowledge and skills about early childhood public policy.

Lifting Voices Library - Check out resources available in the Lifting Voices Public Policy Project & Resource Library!

Institute Director Awarded Statewide Leadership Award for Early Educator Certification System Work - Debra Torrence, Director of the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals was awarded the  Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award at the 2014 National Smart Start Conference.  Click here to read more .











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Partner Updates

5th Annual Forward March Conference (1.2 CEUs) Nov 20 & 21, 2014. Fayetteville. The conference is deigned to help identify and meet the unique needs of military families faced with what the Military Child Education Coalition calls the “Living in the New Normal” of multiple deployments, transitions, and reintegration. Click here for more information and registration. 

Research Connections – high quality early childhood research source provided by US Administration for Children and Families. Need help understanding the research you read? Click here.

2014 NCECA Telephone Seminars - Click here for list.

2014 NAEYC Conference, November 5 – 8, 2014, Dallas, TX. Stop by the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center booth #1903.

Certification Communication

Click the Pig! EEC Marketplace open and generating savings for certified early educators. Click on the pig above!

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.

Reduced EEC Application Fee of $10 may be extended through December 2014. Watch for details.  

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…

  • For permission to work in a licensed child care facility
  • For a Child Care WAGE$® salary supplement (if available)
  • To qualify for professional development bonuses (learn more)
  • To access work/life benefits
  • To qualify for free continuing education
  • For TEACH scholarship purposes (learn more)
One Certification, Many Uses..EEC Counts for
  • Teacher education requirements for child care facility licensure
  • CDA requirements
  • Certification renewal
  • Maintaining your teacher license


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