News & Notes 

Early Educator Certification (EEC) Changes Effective June 1, 2017

As of June 1, 2017, Early Educator Certification is becoming a more traditional education registry, which will assess and house education. While EEC continues to encourage ongoing education, it is no longer required for renewal except for those certified at levels 4 or 8 with less than 6 focused semester credits. EEC will continue to provide a certificate to document your success as well as benefits through EEC Rewards & Benefits.

Also effective June 1, the fee for initial certification is $50 for one scale or $60 for both the ECE and SA scales.  

Updated materials are posted in the certification section

PNC Grow Up Great Initiative Currently Providing Funding for Pre-K and Head Start Classrooms

PNC Financial Services Group is partnering with to support teachers in NC Pre-K and Head Start classrooms! Funding is provided for materials, classroom resources, and enrichment experiences – all free for teachers! Teachers simply post their project to get started. Click on the links below to learn more about this exciting initiative!

To begin a project funding request, click here.

5 Things to Know About the Opioid Epidemic and Its Effect on Children
With increasingly rising numbers of opioid use, the impact on young children shows up in a multitude of ways, with children’s basic health and safety being put at risk. This article shares information related to the opioid epidemic, along with many links to data that document how children are being affected by this ever-increasing national crisis. Click here to read more.

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

Public Education

Lean In and Learn Webinar 2017

On October 5th, 2017, the Institute, in collaboration with UNC Wilmington, held our fall Lean In and Learn Virtual Webinar to inform the field of the implications of trauma to children, families, and the early childhood workforce. Three presenters provided information for those working in the field who support children, families, and early educators, sharing the risks involved in exposure to long-term street and trauma and strategies to promote positive and healthy early education environments. Click here for a recording of the webinar. Click here to access the PowerPoint.

Lean In and Learn Webinar 2016

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.
New Tools For TA and PD Specialists Available!

We are excited to share new, free tools for Technical Assistance and Professional Development Specialists and Faculty! Download, post & share!
Over the past year the Beaufort Hyde Partnership for Children has continued its work with early childhood, public television and art partners to develop more tools to grow opportunities for young children to play and learn outdoors in early childhood and community settings. 
Spread the word! More Play Outside NC tools have been developed as part of a multi-year project supported by PNC Grow Up Great.  
Download Free Tools! Below are links to free tools developed for early educators working in the classroom and for those supporting the work of early educators through the provision of training, education, technical assistance and quality improvement.
  • Free Web-Based Training! A free, 5 hour, web-based training about literacy and art outside will soon be available for Technical Assistance and Professional Development Specialists through the Beaufort Hyde Partnership for Children until June 30. 2018.  The Powerpoint training modules may be viewed, saved, reused and shared by training participants. The modules are intended to be viewed using the Notes View. They may be accessed here. Contact Carroll Worrell Barnes with questions at
  • Free Video Segments! A series of six Play Outside public television segments for use by early educators as training tools, parent education and/or resources developed are available below. Segments 4, 5 & 6 were developed during this phase of the project and aired on UNCTV this past spring.

Play Outside NC 1

Play Outside NC 2

Play Outside NC 3

Play Outside NC 5

  • Free Activity Cards! Click here to access a series of free activity cards to support early educators and families making connections with young children about learning concepts using the outdoor environment are attached to share, use and post!

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.



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