News & Notes
Your input needed by September 4 – The NC Division of Child Development and Early Education is developing its plan for the use of federal dollars to support quality child care in our state. Focus groups are being held across the state and input is being collected online too. Lift your voice and share your professional development ideas, supports you need, next steps for advancing the education of the workforce and more! If you missed the DCDEE focus groups on the federal Child Care and Development Block grant plan, you can still send in your comments through DCDEE’s on line survey accessed here.
Training credits offered – Institute Partners with NC Child Care Coalition to Offer Opportunities for Action Sessions . The Institute and NC Child Care Coalition will offer sessions on the ins and outs of public policy on September 15 in Charlotte and November 6 in Wilmington for early educators working in any role, hosted by NC Early Childhood Association members. Click here to learn how to register for the Charlotte session.
Institute to Pilot CCHC Certification Process – 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 received a $25,000 GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope grant. The grant will design and launch the first-in-the nation certification endorsement process for Child Care Health Consultants. North Carolina has one of the largest populations of CCHCs in the country (n=73), which served more than 2,000 programs serving over 65,000 children in fiscal year 2013-14.
Institute presents to WNC leaders Smart Start of Buncombe County and Channels for Child Care sponsored a four-day leadership institute in Mars Hill to grow and support emerging early childhood leaders in their development. The Institute participated in the Insitute and will provide follow up professional development to participants.
Institute and Growing Greatness Project Ed2Career Initiative. Read more and access the emerging library of resources to support this work here.
Tools, Webinars & Conferences
The Shape NC: Healthy Starts in Early Care and Education Professional Development CEU Seriesis designed to provide early childhood professionals with the latest information, research, policies and best practices to address the crisis of childhood obesity and support young children in getting off to a healthy start. The course is appropriate for childhood professionals – both direct child care center staff and technical assistance staff.
This self-paced course, consisting of 8 e-learning modules will begin on September 15, 2015. Click here to register.
New Early Educator Central Launched! – A partnership of federal agencies has led to a portal of resources and tools, digital clips, professional development planning tools and more for early childhood teachers, directors, trainers/coaches, faculty and professional development system leaders to support growing a supported, effective early childhood workforce. Check it out! Connect to resources! Click here to access the free portal.
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.
You can use your EEC educational assessment…
One Certification, Many Uses..EEC Counts for
National News & Publications
Funding Lacking for NC Early Childhood Services. Learn more about the sources and levels of funding for our state’s largest investments in early care and education services.
IOM Report Calls for Supports for Creating a Highly Qualified,Educated Workforce. Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age Eight: A Unifying Foundation. Click here to access the report.