News & Notes
Child Care Health Consultant Certification (NCCCHCC) Pilot Project Partners Present to NC CCHC is a Wrap! The first in the nation NC CCHC pilot project (click here for a project overview) with funding for the project is provided by a Ribbon Of Hope grant from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. A total of 24 CCHCs received their certification and a new set of benefits are available to certified NC CCHCs.
Institute Workgroups Conduct SWOT Analysis, Move to Strategies. Four Institute workgroups composed of early educators and partners from across the state 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. The workgroups composed of diverse early educators and stakeholders from across the state include Compensation, Higher Education, Professional Development (non-credit opportunities) and Advancing the Education of the Workforce are now moving on to strategy development
NC Justice Center Analysis
The NC Justice Center recently published an analysis of early educator wages across our state, providing evidence that the low wages of our workforce keep a majority of educators in such a state of poverty that they cannot afford to live on the wages they earn. Learn more by clicking here.
Lean In and Learn Webinar
On November 15, 2016, the Institute, in collaboration with UNC Wilmington, held a Lean In and Learn Virtual Webinar to inform the field of The National Academy of Medicine’s Report – Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce for Children Birth through Eight. The information presented summarizes some of the the report findings and provides an update of where we are and the continued work of the Institute to advance the field in NC. Click here for a recording of the webinar.
Early Childhood Workforce Index
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has released the Early Childhood Workforce Index. It represents the first effort to establish a baseline description of early childhood employment conditions and policies in every state and to track progress on a state-by-state basis to improve early childhood jobs. Providing states with periodic appraisals of their efforts, based on measurable status and policy indicators, is aimed at encouraging states to step up their efforts to address these persistent workforce challenges and at supporting related advocacy efforts.
Lift Your Voice
We can all lift our voices to share the need for early educators to earn a worthy wage.
Check Out 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.