News & Notes
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 Launches Play Outside NC CEU/PBS Pilot. 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 North Carolina certified early educators and families. The Play Outside NC PBS segments will air in February 2016 on UNC-TV’s program. NC Science Now.
Institute CCHC Certification Process Pilot Underway – The Institute in collaboration with the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center, the NC Child Care Health Consultant Association, the NC Partnership for Children and Child Care Services Association, has outlined field test criteria for the emerging Child Care Health Consultants. Watch for details!
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.
National News & Publications
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Poll Shows Voters Rate Early Childhood Education as Top Priority. Click here to access the First Five Years Fund poll results.
NC Child Care Coalition Membership and Fund Raiser Underway! Click here to learn more about the Coalition and its work to sustain and expand resources for our field and workforce. Click here to print raffle tickets and here for membership and donation information.
Why does our nation make it so hard from children to thrive? New tools and a documentary series, Watch Raising of America, are accessible here.
Senator Murray releases Congressional resolution supporting workforce. Child Care Aware is providing a forum to share your thoughts with your US Senate representative. Click here.
Resolution Excerpt…Whereas these issues affect all families, but disproportionately affect women because—(1) over 95 percent of the formal childcare work- force is comprised of women; and (2) women do most of the unpaid childcare work in families;
Whereas increased pay for workers in the childcare industry improves the quality of childcare for young children;
Whereas to recruit and retain a qualified childcare workforce for young children, childcare staff for young children should be paid as much as K–12 staff with equivalent education and experience;
Whereas a full-time living wage …
Public Policy Training-Opportunities for Action. The Institute and NC Child Care Coalition will be offering webinars to help you learn about what public policy is and how you can lift your voice to support your interests in advancing the field. Watch for details!
Blog Post on Advancing the Education and Professionalism of Early Educators. Click here to read more.
CLASP Shares a Bold Policy Agenda for Tackling Child Poverty. Click here to read more.
Tools, Webinars & Conferences
Click here for CEU Events
Present – Interested in presenting at the Smart Start Annual Conference in 2016 serving over 1,000 attendees? October 28 is the deadline. Click here to access the online proposal form.
Participate – The NAEYC National Conference in Orlando starts on November, Click here to learn more.
Join – The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Alliance (The Alliance) is now accepting memberships! The Alliance was conceived through listening to the voices of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® participants that wanted a way of connecting, growing and developing a national T.E.A.C.H. network. Click here to learn more.
Certified? Click the Pig! EEC Marketplace open and generating savings for certified early educators. Click on the pig above!
EEC Reduced Fee of $25 set through Fall 2015. Fees apply to initial certification on the Early Care and Education Scale. Individuals working with or on behalf of children ages birth to five qualify for this fee.
CEU Events Growing. Institute partners across the state are building CEU options for your use. Click on the Calendar of Training and CEU Events tabs above to access continuing education options.
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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