Institute News & Notes
NC Early Childhood Foundation – New Infographic on Impact of Early Educators
National Data on Workforce – Number & Characteristics…
Supporting Early Childhood Degree Attainments – New study released by Center for Study of Child Care Employment
Institute Partners with Organizations Across the State to Offer Free Early Childhood Public Policy Training. A total of 10 hours (.5 online and .5 in person) will be offered across the state for free to an anticipated 300 certified early educators Read more!
Self Help Credit Union to Partner with the Institute to Develop Financial Tools for Certified Early Educators – Self Help Credit Union and the Institute are working together to build online modules about financial resources for administrators to strengthen their capacity to operate a business and individuals to increase their financial knowledge and health. Free online training coming soon!
Natural Learning Initiative to Build Online Outdoor Learning Training for Credit The Institute and NLI are partnering to offer certified early educators resources about managing safety and risk for young children in outdoor learning environments. Opening in early October.
TA Practitioner Endorsement Field Test Begins - The Institute is testing developed criteria for the new Technical Assistance Endorsement. Support from the Institute and Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant funds are supporting the testing of this endorsement for certified early educators providing technical assistance services to early educators and early care and education programs in NC. The endorsement, TAE, will be available statewide in early 2014.
Affordable Care Act Expands Health Insurance Options for Early Educators
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Tools, Webinars & Conferences
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Smart Start National Conference – Save the Date (5/5-8/14)
JCC opens fall offering of CEUs Online for certified early educators!
Reduced EEC Application Fee of $10 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 for just a couple more months! Click here to access the EEC application.
New! Discounted massages for certified early educators! Low cost massages for certified early educators! Check out the savings in the Health & Wellness rewards section.
New! Gryphon House offering discounts to certified early educators! Visit EEC Rewards section for details.
Free! Corporate Level Benefits from Workplace Options for Certified Early Educators! Certified early educators have access to a host of rewards and benefits including free work-life benefits and tools available through Workplace Options. These types of benefits are typically available to only large corporations and big government agencies and are being offered at no charge to certified early educators. Workplace Options benefits include online resources including:
Go to the EEC Rewards & Benefits portal and type in your EEC number to access work-life benefits available to certified early educators at no charge.
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.
More Options – Early Educator Certification was added in rule as an additional education equivalency option for the Star Rated License (refer to rule numbers below and/or view the DCDEE rule changes). This new equivalency option may allow individuals to qualify as Lead Teacher, Teacher, Family Child Care Home Provider and/or Program Coordinator using their current EEC certificate. DCDEE rules 10A NCAC 09 .2819 – .2823 – Education Standards for a Rated License for Child Care Centers and 10A NCAC 09 .2824 – .2826 – for Child Care Centers that provide care only to school-aged children).