Institute News & Notes 

Statewide Online Training Calendar Goes Live Click on the Calendar of Trainings tab in the blue bar above to view trainings available across the state. Click on Agenda on the upper right side of the calendar to view a listing of sessions being offered by Institute partners for the entire month. If you have a training to post email for more information.

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 Training - Join us at NCaeyc’s annual conference on September 12 at 10 AM.

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 .

Over 50 Technical Assistance Practitioners Hold New Institute Endorsement  - The new TA Endorsement developed with Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant funding was made available in January 2014 to North Carolina TA Practitioners providing mentoring, consulting and/or coaching services for early care and education programs and early educators. More than 50 TA Practitioners now hold this endorsement Click here for details.

Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet Early Head Start Program Performance Standards and to provide comprehensive, full-day, full-year, high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.

For more information about the partnerships, please visit the resources below:











Early Educator Certification Kit
Professional Development Practitioner Kit
Technical Assistance Practitioner Kit
Welcome to the Profession Kit
CEU Development Kit

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Center for the Study of the Child Care Employment (CSCCE) Releases New Article: Mentors as Teachers, Learners, and Leaders, co-authored by CSCCE Director and Senior Researcher, Marcy Whitebook, and Dan Bellm, was published in the July/August 2014 edition of Exchange Magazine. The article draws upon their recent book, Supporting Teachers As Learners: A Guide for Mentors and Coaches in Early Care and Education, and discusses the three aspects of mentoring – mentors as teachers, mentors and learners, and mentors as leaders – that are essential for developing the skills needed to help early childhood teachers improve their practice. The article also discusses of the supports that mentors need to help them develop and improve their own effectiveness, as well as describes their unique leadership position sitting at the nexus of policy and practice.

NIEER Brief: Raising the Bar on Early Education

White House Fighting for Working Families; Strengthening Our Economy Summit. The Summit convened businesses, economists, labor leaders, legislators, advocates and the media for a discussion on issues facing the entire spectrum of working families – from low-wage workers to corporate executives, from young parents to baby boomers caring for their aging parents. The important efforts the President announced reflect our belief that we all have a role to play in changing our country’s workplace policies. In addition, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a new report: “Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility,” which is available here.

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.

Working in Early Care and Education, 2013 Workforce Study (June 2014, Child Care Services Association)

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

2014 NCECA Telephone Seminars - Click here for list.

2014 NCaeyc Conference – September 11 – 13, 2014, Raleigh NC. Join us at the Lifting Voices Training, Sept 12, 2014, Raleigh, NC

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

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)
Your earned CEUS and college courses can be used for…
  • Teacher education requirements for child care facility licensure
  • CDA requirements
  • Certification renewal
  • Maintaining your teacher license

Big Savings from EEC Back to School Savings Fair Happening Now in EEC Marketplace - Use your EEC ID and login to check it out – double points for purchases at Walmart and more!

Reduced EEC Application Fee of $10 extended through September 2014 Do you have it yet? Early educators working with or on behalf of children ages birth to five can apply for Early Educator Certification (EEC) for just $10! Click here to access the EEC application.

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.

Snapping up EEC Images Across NC The Institute is collecting photos of EEC from around the state. Snap shots of certified early educators, EEC halls of fame, card carrying EECers and more could be included in presentations and featured on our Fb page and website! It’s easy…take a picture on your phone, upload it to the Early Educator Certification Fb page!

EEC Marketplace open and generating savings for certified early educators. Hundreds have accessed discounts on everything from car rentals to shoes! Get certified and save on personal and professional, work life resources, professional development and more! Click on the pig above!

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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