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2016
January 2016

Changes in Investigations of Child Abuse and Neglect in Child Care

DCDEE and the departments of social services (DSS) currently work together to investigate reports of child abuse and neglect in child care. Effective January 1, 2016, DCDEE will be the sole agency to investigate these allegations. Child abuse and neglect in child care will now be called "Child Maltreatment." DCDEE will continue to work with law enforcement and other agencies as needed.

DCDEE will now have a list called the Child Maltreatment Registry. This list will include names of caregivers who maltreat in child care. DCDEE will check the child maltreatment registry automatically as part of the criminal background check for licensed child care. Individuals on the child maltreatment registry are disqualified from working in licensed child care. The general public can submit a request to check an individual's name against the registry by completing the Public Request Form for Child Maltreatment Registry.

Frequently Asked Questions

2015
November 2015

NC Child Care Commission Meeting

The North Carolina Child Care Commission will hold its Special Rules Meeting on November 16, 2015 beginning at 9 am.

The Commission will hold its Second Quarterly Meeting on November 17, 2015 beginning at 9 a.m. Due to the rescheduling of the Commission meeting, the public hearing for 10A NCAC 09 .1718 has also been rescheduled for November 17 and will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Notice of Text for this Rule was previously published in the September 15, 2015 NC Register and can be found on pages 604-607. The Commission proposes to amend rule .1718 regarding the supervision of children while in a Family Child Care Home. This amendment will allow school-age children to participate in age-appropriate activities in a room separate from younger children in care in a family child care home setting. The change will also align this Rule with the center supervision rules; more specifically defining supervision and allowing children to be seen "or" heard.

The meetings and public hearing will be held at the Dix Grill, Employee Center, 1101 Cafeteria Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603. Please see the directions and map to the Dix Grill Employee center.

October 2015

Notice of Public Hearing for North Carolina's Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2016-2018

A Public Hearing will be held on Nov. 18, 2015 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Dorothea Dix Campus in the McBryde/Dix Grille Employment Center, 820 South Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603.

Members of the public are invited to comment on North Carolina's Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan. The Plan describes how the program will be administered by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) during the period of 6/01/2016 - 9/30/2018.

Draft CCDF Plan 2016-2018

Changes in Investigations of Child Abuse and Neglect in Child Care

DCDEE and the departments of social services (DSS) currently work together to investigate reports of child abuse and neglect in child care. Effective January 1, 2016, DCDEE will be the sole agency to investigate these allegations. Child abuse and neglect in child care will now be called "Child Maltreatment." DCDEE will continue to work with law enforcement and other agencies as needed.

DCDEE will now have a list called the Child Maltreatment Registry. This list will include names of caregivers who maltreat in child care. DCDEE will check the child maltreatment registry automatically as part of the criminal background check for licensed child care. Individuals on the child maltreatment registry are disqualified from working in licensed child care. The general public can submit a request to check an individual's name against the registry by completing the Public Request Form for Child Maltreatment Registry.

Frequently Asked Questions

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission has cancelled its Special Rules Meeting for October 19, 2015.

September 2015

NC Social Services Commission's Periodic Review of Existing Rules

For more information please visit the Child Care Rules, Law, and Public Information page.

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold a Special Rules Meeting on September 28, 2015 at the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 10 a.m. Please see the Directions and parking information to the conference center.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan template is now available on the NC Risk Management Portal. Click on the Planning Tools tab. Designated staff completes the template within four months of taking the EPR in Child Care training. For more information about accessing the template and an updated list of trainers, go to the Emergency Preparedness and Response page.

August 2015

NC Child Care Commission teleconference meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold a teleconference meeting on Monday, August 17 to adopt rules regarding the hours of operation for Developmental Day Centers.  The rules are 10A NCAC 09 .2902 and .2903.  The teleconference will be held at the Division of Child Development and Early Education, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Conference Room 130, Raleigh, NC.  The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m.

2014-2015 Child Care Market Rate Study

Required by the federal Child Care Development Fund block grant, this study was conducted by the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services at NC State University. Surveys were sent to 6,678 regulated child care centers and family child care homes in the state. The study collected information needed to establish recommendations for payment rates for subsidized child care in North Carolina through the Subsidized Child Care Program.

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its First Quarter Meeting on August 10, 2015 at the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 9 a.m. There will also be a public hearing beginning at 1:00 p.m. regarding the hours of operation for Developmental Day Centers. Please see the meeting agenda and: Directions and parking information to the conference center.

Child Care and Development Block Grant Focus Groups

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of 2014 included new requirements for states receiving these funds. Areas of focus include health and safety standards in child care, consumer and provider education, activities to improve the quality of child care, and policies in the subsidized child care program. To assist in gathering preliminary information, DCDEE has scheduled eight (8) focus groups in August. You do not need to register to attend, and there is no cost to attend. If you were unable to attend the focus groups and would like to provide feedback online, please complete this brief survey.

July 2015

Emergency Preparedness and Response Rules Effective July 1

The NC Child Care Commission approved new emergency preparedness and response rules which go into effect July 1. These rules require at least one individual from each licensed child care program to take a newly revised Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) in Child Care training as well as complete an online EPR Plan. For more information about these rules, additional EPR rules and helpful resources please visit the Division's website.

Immunization Requirements Effective July 1

The Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, announces new immunization requirements effective July 1, 2015.  Read the DPH, Immunization Branch, memo announcing the new requirements. Also included in the memo is a revised Children in Child Care - What Shots Do They Need.

June 2015

NC Child Care Commission meeting

Public Hearing
A public hearing will be held on August 10, 2015 beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Nature Research Center, 121 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC. The hearing will be held in the William G. Ross Conference Center located on the 4th Floor.  Read this memo and the proposed rules and impact analysis for more information.

Please see the Directions and parking information to the conference center.

May 2015

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Fourth Quarter Meeting on May 11, 2015 at the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 9 a.m.; Please see the Directions and parking information to the conference center.

April 2015

2013-2014 NC Pre-K State Evaluation Report

Students who were enrolled in the NC Pre-K Program are making significant gains across all areas of learning through the end of kindergarten, according to a new report from scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). Please click the following links to access the news article, full report and executive summary.

March 2015

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold a Special Rules Meeting on March 16, at the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 9 a.m.; Please see the Directions and parking information to the conference center.

A meeting of the Curriculum Sub-committee of the NC Child Care Commission will be held on March 16 beginning at 3:15 p.m., following the Special Rules Committee meeting of the Commission. Members of the public who wish to attend should come to the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street. Please see the Directions and parking information to the conference center.

February 2015

Flu Season Precautions for Child Care Setting

Working in Early Care and Education in North Carolina - 2014 Workforce Study 

This workforce study provides comprehensive data on the state's early care and education workforce (teachers, directors, family child care providers) and the licensed programs in which they work. For this study, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) conducted a statewide survey in North Carolina from February 2014 through October 2014. The information gathered is compared to similar studies conducted by CCSA between 2011 and 2013, as well as data from 2001 and 2003 studies, in order to provide a perspective on changes over a longer period of time. Funding for the study came from the Division of Child Development and Early Education, through a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

NC Pre-K

The Early Education Unit for the offices of NC Pre-K and EESLPD has released the Checklist for Determining Eligibly of Nonpublic Early Education Teachers. The checklist should be used by NC Pre-K site administrators, local NC Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) contract administrators, returning lead teachers and potential applicants. The checklist will create consistency across the state for the selection and employment of lead teachers in nonpublic NC Pre-K classrooms.

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Second Quarter Meeting on February 9, at the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 9 a.m.; Please see the Directions and parking information to the conference center.

January 2015

Flu Season Precautions for Child Care Setting

Since so many children spend most of their day in child care in North Carolina, it is vitally important that child care programs follow the child care licensing rules pertaining to health and safety during the flu season. This includes recognizing when children are too sick to be in child care, separating children who become sick in child care, and preventing the spread of illness. Child care providers must be ready to help protect the health of the children, families, and staff by taking precautions to prevent the spread of germs. For more information please refer to Flu Season Precautions for Child Care Settings.

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold a Special Rules meeting to begin its substantive review of all existing Child Care Rules on January 12, at the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 9 a.m.; Please see the meeting agendas and: Directions and parking information to the conference center.

2014
December 2014

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold a Special Rules meeting to begin its substantive review of all existing Child Care Rules on December 8, at the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 9 a.m.; Please see the meeting agendas and: Directions and parking information to the conference center.

November 2014 Summary of Rule Changes Effective December 1, 2014

The North Carolina Child Care Commission has amended rules related to temperature taking of mildly ill children and the use of cellular telephones while transporting child in child care. Please view the summary of these rule changes, effective December 1, 2014. Also, please refer to the rulebook for complete rule text and take time to familiarize yourself with the new December 2014 revisions to the North Carolina Child Care Requirements. Consistent implementation of these requirements promotes the health, safety and well-being of all children in North Carolina. North Carolina's goal is to maintain its reputation for providing high quality child care.

CCR&R Request for Information (RFI)
Responses to this RFI must be received by 5:00 PM on December 19, 2014.

The Division of Child Development & Early Education seeks to survey national experts, system partners, and stakeholders for information and innovative ideas to enhance North Carolina's Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) system.

Those responding to this RFI will not be excluded from submitting a response to any future CCR&R Request for Applications (RFA).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Questions concerning the specifications or any information contained within this Request for Information will be received until 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, 2014. All questions must be received in writing, via electronic mail (marylee.porterfield@dhhs.nc.gov). Responses to all questions received by the deadline will be posted on the Division of Child Development and Early Education website (http://ncchildcare.nc.gov) no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014.

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold their second quarterly meeting on November 17 and will hold a special rules meeting on November 18 at the Nature Research Center, William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 9 a.m.; Please see the meeting agendas and: Directions and parking information to the conference center.

Subsidy Market Rates Announcement

The Division of Child Development and Early Education has posted the new Market Rates that will be effective January 1, 2015.

October 2014 Updated Workforce Education Applications

The Workforce Education Unit applications have been updated effective September, 2014 and added as fillable pdf documents to the DCDEE website. Please visit the DCDEE website for updated applications.

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission has cancelled its October 13, 2014 meeting.  The next meeting will be held on November 17 and 18 at the William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor, 121 W. Jones Street, beginning at 9 a.m.; Please see: Directions and parking information to the conference center.

September 2014 NC Child Care Commission's Periodic Review of Existing Rules

For more information please visit the Child Care Rules, Law, and Public Information page.

NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will be holding a Special Meeting on September 26, 2014 at the Division of Public Health, 5605 Six Forks Rd., Cardinal Conference Room, beginning at 9 a.m. Please see: Meeting agenda and directions to DPH's campus.

August 2014 NC Child Care Commission meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will be holding their first quarterly meeting on August 11, 2014 at the Division of Public Health, 5605 Six Forks Rd., Cardinal Conference Room, beginning at 9 a.m. Please see: Meeting agenda and directions to DPH's campus.

June 2014 NC Child Care Commission Sub-committee meeting

A sub-committee meeting of the NC Child Care Commission addressing the Curriculum Review Process will be held on the campus of UNCG Friday, June 27 from 10am - 2pm in Room 219 of the Stone Building. Please see: Directions to the Stone Building and Campus Map

Working in Early Care and Education in North Carolina - 2013 Workforce Study

The Working in Early Care and Education in North Carolina 2013 workforce study provides comprehensive data on the state's early care and education workforce (early care and education teachers, assistant teachers and directors) and the licensed programs in which they work. For this study Child Care Services Association (CCSA) conducted a statewide survey of the early care and education workforce in North Carolina from March 2013 through January 2014. The information gathered is compared to similar studies conducted by CCSA in 2003, 2011 and 2012. Funding for this study came from the Division of Child Development and Early Education through a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

May 2014 School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale - Updated Edition

The School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale - Updated Edition (SACERS-U) will replace the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS) effective July 1, 2014. The SACERS-U uses the same format and scoring system as the other Environment Rating Scales. Many of the same SACERS requirements are included in the SACERS-U, but there are some changes to wording and content. The North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project (NCRLAP) will begin using the SACERS-U in its evaluations beginning July 1, 2014. Visit the NCRLAP's website at www.ncrlap.org for a summary of the differences between the SACERS and the SACERS-U, additional information, and upcoming webinar and training sessions about the SACERS-U.

Further information regarding SACERS-U is available at the Environment Rating Scales Institute website at www.ersi.info.

April 2014 Attention Center Directors and FCCH Providers:

The Division of Child Development and Early Education invites you to attend a Director or FCCH Provider Meeting. Your child care consultant will soon be sending you an invitation that provides the meeting date, location, and time. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss several important Child Care Law and Rule changes that have occurred over the last two years. In addition, you will receive updates related to the Division and upcoming rulemaking activities.

The Division will be "going green" for this meeting, and therefore will not be providing copies of the presentation handouts. You should download presentation handouts and bring them with you to the meeting. Click here for instructions on how to print handouts.

Child Care Center Director PowerPoint

Family Child Care Home Provider PowerPoint

 

Summary of Rule Changes Effective March 1, 2014

This past year, the North Carolina Child Care Commission worked on rulemaking in the areas of general safety requirements for school-age care, criminal history record checks, and staff qualifications for developmental day programs. These rule changes became effective March 1, 2014. Below you will find a summary of these rule changes. Please refer to the rulebook for complete rule text and take time to familiarize yourself with the new March 2014 revisions to the North Carolina Child Care Requirements. Consistent implementation of these requirements promotes the health, safety and well-being of all children in North Carolina. North Carolina's goal is to maintain its reputation for providing high quality child care.

 

NC Pre-Kindergarten Program Evaluation Results for the 2012/2013 Program Year

The North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program (NC Pre-K) is a state-funded initiative for at-risk 4-year-olds, designed to provide a high quality, classroom-based educational program during the year prior to kindergarten entry. The 2012-2013 evaluation study included information about characteristics of the NC Pre-K Program statewide and observations of classroom quality and teacher surveys in a random sample of 99 classrooms. The primary research questions addressed by this evaluation included:

    • What were the key characteristics of the local NC Pre-K programs?
    • What was the quality of the NC Pre-K classrooms attended by children?
    • What factors were associated with better quality and better outcomes?
    • What were the outcomes of children attending the NC Pre-K Program?
    • To what extent have there been any changes over time in these results in the Pre-K program?

Please click here to access the Evaluation Summary and click here to access the Full Report.


Title: Quality Initiative: School-Age

Description:The Division of Child Development and Early Education seeks to contract to increase accessibility to higher quality licensed school-age programs across the state and to provide DCDEE-approved Professional Development (PD) to the school-age care workforce.

Attachment #1   Cover Sheet
Attachment #2   Line Item Budget
Attachment #3   Line Item Budget Narrative Instructions
Attachment #4   FTE Sheet
Attachment #5   Notarized Conflict of Interest (non-profit agencies only)
Attachment #6   No Overdue Taxes (non-profit agencies only)

Applications will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Questions concerning the specifications or any information contained within this Request for Applications will be received in writing until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Responses to all questions received by the deadline will be posted to the Division of Child Development and Early Education website (http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/) no later than Friday, April 11, 2014.

Public Notice
A public hearing will be held on May 12, 2014 beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Division of Public Health, 5605 Six Forks Rd., Cardinal Conference Room, Raleigh, NC. Read this memo and the proposed rules and impact analysis for more information.

Directions to the Division of Public Health's Campus.

March 2014

The Division of Child Development and Early Education has Relocated.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education has moved to 820 South Boylan Ave Raleigh, NC 27603. The Division of Child Development and Early Education Phone number is 919-527-6335.

McBryde Complex

Campus Map:
McBryde is building 19

Directions to McBryde Complex:

From downtown Raleigh: Take Capital Blvd to Dawson Street. Stay in the right-hand lane until you get to Martin Luther King Boulevard/Western Boulevard.  Bear to your right.  When you reach the top of the ramp, you will be facing Western Boulevard.  Take the right. Move toward the left lane. Turn left onto S. Boylan Ave. Turn Right onto Umstead Drive. Visitor's Parking is on the right. Follow Signs for Handicapped parking which is on the left.

From Durham: Take I-40 East toward RDU Airport/ Raleigh. Stay on I-40 East. Until you see the Lake Wheeler Road-- Exit #297.  Take exit #297 and make a left at the top of the ramp onto Lake Wheeler Road.  (Pass by the Farmer's Market on the left.) Turn Left onto Umstead Drive. Follow Umstead Drive. Visitor's Parking is on the right. Follow Signs for Handicapped parking which is on the left.

From Benson Take 1-40 W towards Raleigh. Take exit 298B for South Saunders St N towards Raleigh/Downtown. Turn Right on to South Saunders St. Slight Right onto McDowell St. Take the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd exit toward Western Blvd. Turn left on to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Slight left to stay on Western Blvd. Turn left onto S. Boylan Ave. Turn Right onto Umstead Drive. Visitor's Parking is on the right. Follow Signs for Handicapped parking which is on the left.

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2013
November 2013

The Division of Child Development and Early Education is Relocating.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education will be moving its Raleigh office to a new location on the Dorthea Dix Campus beginning in January 2014. Check back frequently for more information.

October 2013

NC Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant Transformation Zone Evaluation (NC RTT-ELC TZ Evaluation)

Addendum

The Division of Child Development and Early Education seeks to contract to conduct an evaluation of the Early Learning Challenge Grant Transformation Zone.

Applications will be accepted until 12:00 NOON Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Questions concerning the specifications or any information contained within this Request for Applications will be received in writing until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

Responses to all questions received by the deadline will be posted to the Division of Child Development and Early Education website (http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/) no later than Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Responses to all questions received by the deadline are posted here.

September 2013

Tuberculin Shortage and Revised Recommendations
To be consistent with recommendations for all non-health related employees during the Tuberculin shortage, the state TB Controller/Medical Director has revised recommendations for administrative testing of Tuberculosis (TB). All individuals who work in child care facilities are required to go to their local health department or health care professional for a TB risk assessment to determine if a tuberculin skin test or other test is necessary. Instead of immediately requesting a TB test, individuals will now be required to answer a list of questions. If the responses given are negative, then the individual will be certified as not having tuberculosis in the communicable form. Certified individuals are not required to be tested any further for TB. Documentation of the certification must be maintained on file in the child care facility where the individual is employed. If individuals give positive answers on the risk assessment questionnaire, they would be required to receive further medical evaluation. For more details about the new recommendations for administrative testing of TB and the document to take to your health care professional, please use the linked memo-English memo-Español.

August 2013

2012-2013 Child Care Market Rate Study
Required by the federal Child Care and Development Fund block grant, this study was conducted by the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services at NC State University. Surveys were sent to 7,222 regulated child care centers and family child care homes in the state. The study collected information needed to establish recommendations for payment rates for subsidized child care in North Carolina through the Subsidized Child Care Program.

July 2013

DCDEE Web Address is Changing
The Division of Child Development and Early Education is announcing a change to the web address. The change will take place July 31, 2013 and the new address will be ncchildcare.nc.gov. Please take this time to change any bookmarked pages and documents to our new web address. Thank you.

May 2013

Working in Early Care and Education in North Carolina – 2012 Workforce Study
This workforce study provides comprehensive data on the state’s early care and education workforce (teachers, directors, family child care providers) and the licensed programs in which they work. For this study, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) conducted a statewide survey in North Carolina from September 2012 through February 2013. The information gathered is compared to similar studies conducted by CCSA in 2011 and 2003. Funding for the study came from the Division of Child Development and Early Education, through a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

Public Hearing
A public hearing will be held on June 27, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Division of Child Development and Early Education, 319 Chapanoke Rd., Suite 120, Room 300, Raleigh, NC. Read this memo for more information and read the proposed rule changes here.

North Carolina Technical Assistance Practitioner Competencies
What knowledge, skills and dispositions are needed by technical assistance (TA) practitioners who work in early care and education and school-age child care settings? A diverse group of stakeholders was invited to address this question. Their dialogue informed the development of this Framework for North Carolina Technical Assistance Practitioner Competencies. Read more about this effort here. The TA Competencies document, and more on technical assistance, can be found on the website of the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals.

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April 2013

Public Hearing on North Carolina’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
The federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides block grant funding to states to support early care and education services. Members of the public are invited to review and comment on the proposed 2013-2015 CCDF Plan and the services that it will provide. Read this public notice for more information about the CCDF Plan and how it is used in North Carolina. The public notice includes information about your opportunities to offer comments and recommendations on the proposed plan: in-person at a public hearing on April 25 or in writing through email or US Mail.

March 2013

NC Pre-Kindergarten Program Evaluation Results for the 2011/2012 Program Year The North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program (NC Pre-K) is a state-funded initiative for at-risk 4-year-olds, designed to provide a high quality, classroom-based educational program during the year prior to kindergarten entry. The 2011–2012 evaluation study included information about charac¬teristics of the NC Pre-K Program statewide and observations of class room quality and teacher surveys in a random sample of 100 class rooms. The primary research questions addressed by this evaluation included:

What were the key characteristics of the local NC Pre-K programs?

What was the quality of the NC Pre-K classrooms attended by children?

What factors were associated with better quality?

To what extent were these results similar to past years under the More at Four Program?
Please click here to access the Evaluation Summary and click here to access the Full Report.

NC Pre-Kindergarten Rule changes
NC Pre-Kindergarten Rule .3008 Formative Assessments became effective on March 1, 2013.

Phase-Out of DCDEE Print Publications / Retiración Progresiva de Publicaciones de Impresión de DCDEE
Print publications will no longer be sold by the Division of Child Development and Early Education. Child care center and family child care home handbooks, child care law and rulebooks for centers and homes, and Infant Toddler Foundations will be available online only. Read this memo in English and en Español for details about the change and links to the online publications.

Change to the NC Family Child Care Credential adds EDU 114 as a course to earn the credential certificate.
Read this flyer to learn how EDU 114 - Introduction to Family Childcare can now be used to qualify for the NC Family Child Care Credential (NCFCCC) certificate. You can apply for the NCFCCC certificate by completing the revised NC Credential Application (DCD.0168) which now includes EDU 114 as a course to earn the credential.

February 2013

Reduce paperwork with the revised Workforce Change of Information Form (DCDEE.0120) for child care staff.
With this revised Change of Information Form you may submit changes in name, address and place of employment to either the Criminal Record Check Unit or Education Unit and the information will be updated for both Units. If requesting an education evaluation because you have completed additional post-secondary education or you want to be qualified for a different child care position, and there is no change in any other information, submit the form only to the Education Unit.

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January 2013

Updates on NC’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
Since September 1999, the star rated license system has promoted optimal learning environments in North Carolina’s early education and school-age care settings, recognizing different levels or tiers of quality. A focus on strengthening the QRIS is documented in a report from the NC QRIS Advisory Committee. Read the Executive Summary for the findings and recommendations of stakeholders who participated in the nearly three-year process. A revised Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS) will be the subject of a comprehensive validation study.

NC Pre-Kindergarten Rule changes
NC Pre-Kindergarten Rule .3007 Early Standards and Curricula became effective on January 1, 2013. Objections by the Rules Review Commission to several rules in Section .3000 NC Pre-Kindergarten Services will be considered at the February 4, 2013, Child Care Commission meeting.

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2012
December 2012

Changes to the child care education equivalency options to include Early Educator Certification
Changes have been made to the education equivalency options for Lead Teachers, Teachers, Family Child Care Home Providers and Program Coordinators to include Early Educator Certification (certification) being added as an option to be qualified and/or to be used for the voluntary enhanced education standards for the star rated license. To be evaluated for qualification by your certification, you must submit paperwork to the Workforce Education Unit along with a copy of your Early Educator Certificate (EEC). Your certification data will not automatically be transferred to the Workforce Education Unit. Please see the Early Educator Certification flyer, the Revised Star Charts and the Child Care Provider Education and Equivalency form for more information.

NUTRITION RULES have been added to child care requirements
New Child Care rules regarding nutrition standards for family child care homes and centers became effective December 1, 2012. These changes are in accordance with S.L. 2010-117 to improve the nutrition standards in child care facilities. Read About the new rules that have gone into effect.

November 2012

NC Pre-K rules added to child care requirements
New Child Care Center rules became effective November 1, 2012 when Section .3000 NC Pre-Kindergarten Services was added. Read about the new NC Pre-K rules that have gone into effect and the pending NC Pre-K rules that are being revised due to objections from the Rules Review Commission.

TQRIS Validation Study Phase I RFA
The Division of Child Development & Early Education seeks to contract for Phase I of the Tiered Quality Rating & Improvement System (TQRIS) Validation Study, to identify, test, and collect stakeholder feedback on alternative models for a revised TQRIS as recommended by the QRIS Advisory Committee. Find details here.

Responses to all questions received by the deadline are posted here.

Acuerdo: ¡La Fecha de Pago de su Honorario de Licencia es el 30 de noviembre!
Los proveedores con licencias de guardería son recordados que el pago para el honorario anual de 2012 para su licencia debe ser sometido antes del 30 de noviembre del 2012. Las facturas fueron enviadas a todos programas el 15 de octubre del 2012. Si usted no ha recibido su factura, por favor llame al 1-800-859-0829.
*Programas en colegios, universidades o en el sistema de escuelas publicas, igual como los que operan bajo de G.S. 110 con Nota de Conformidad no son sujetos de pagar esta factura anual. Oprima aquí para mas información.

Reminder: Annual License Fee Payment Deadline is November 30!
Licensed child care providers are reminded that payment for the 2012 annual license fee should be submitted no later than November 30, 2012. Invoices were mailed out to all programs* on October 15, 2012. If you have not received your invoice, please call 1-800-859-0829.
*Programs owned by Colleges, Universities or Public School Systems, as well as those operating with a G.S. 110 Notice of Compliance are not subject to pay this annual fee. Click here for more information.

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September 2012

Rules adopted by the Child Care Commission:
The Child Care Commission adopted the following rules at their September 17, 2012 meeting. These rules were published in the June 1st, NC Register and will be reviewed by the Rules Review Commission on October 18, 2012.

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August 2012

NC School-Age Quality Improvement Project
To find trainings geared to school-age child care, read the School-Age Education Specialists’ newsletter and quarterly calendar and their standardized training descriptions.

BSAC training available online
BSAC training is now offered online through Johnston Community College and is available to anyone in the state. Check the college website for training dates and registration information.

Curriculum and Formative Review Process 2012
Send the curriculum review announcement and instructions for submitting curriculum to the publisher of your curriculum or formative assessment if you wish to have your curricula and/or formative assessments reviewed in 2012. “Criteria for curriculum approval” and “Definition and criteria for formative assessments” explain expectations and provide guidance for submissions.

NEW 2012/2013 NC Pre-K Program Requirements & Guidance released
This revised document includes these highlights: the addition of Guidance sections; incorporation of 2012 Legislative changes; incorporation of updated income levels for TANF effective July 26, 2012.

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July 2012

Rules adopted by the Child Care Commission:
The Child Care Commission adopted the following rules at their June 27, 2012 meeting. These rules were published in the April 16th NC Register and will be reviewed by the Rules Review Commission on August 16, 2012.

Early Childhood Director Leadership Institute
The Division of Child Development & Early Education seeks to contract to develop a leadership and management curriculum, to include a 1.0 CEU-bearing course for child care center directors, that will lead to evidence-based changes in leadership approaches and program practice. Find details here.

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June 2012

CORRECTION to recently posted RFAs
Please see this Request for Applications Addendum #1 from the Division of Child Development & Early Education, correcting the Administrative or Indirect Costs instructions in recently issued RFAs.

Changes to Early Childhood Education/Child Development Coursework Requirements Changes have been made to the education evaluation process for requirements pertaining to countable Early Childhood Education/Child Development (ECE/CD) coursework. These include using all countable ECE/CD coursework towards qualification without the 10 year rule limitation and counting ECE/CD coursework hours to only the maximum number which is needed to support the education point system for the star rated license. See this flyer for more information.

Cultural Competence Support Project
The Division of Child Development & Early Education seeks to contract to develop curriculum, training, coaching and assessment tools to increase the cultural competence of the early childhood workforce. Find details here.

Responses to all questions received by the deadline are posted here.

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May 2012

2012 North Carolina Professional Development Framework for the Early Childhood and Out of School Time Workforce: Results and Actions from Regional and State Planning
This report grew out of an extensive and comprehensive process of regional planning, summarized here. The Professional Development Framework contains the project’s resulting data and analysis.

Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Child Care Rules
Proposed changes to the child care rules will be published in the June 1, 2012 NC Register and a public hearing will be held during the Child Care Commission meeting on June 27, 2012. Read this memo for more information and read the proposed rule changes here.

Early Childhood Educator Statewide Workforce Study RFA
The Division of Child Development & Early Education seeks to contract to develop a survey tool and poll child care workers, child care administrators, lead teachers and teacher aides in regulated family child care homes and child care centers around education, compensation, retention and key demographics. Find details here.

Responses to all questions received by the deadline are posted here.

Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System (TQRIS) Program Quality Measurement Development Project RFA
The Division of Child Development & Early Education seeks to contract to develop a valid and reliable program assessment measure, or family of measures, designed specifically for the purpose of rating the quality of early childhood care and education programs in a Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System (TQRIS). Find details here.

April 2012

Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Child Care Rules
Proposed changes to the child care rules will be published in the April 16, 2012 NC Register and a public hearing will be held during the Child Care Commission meeting on May 8, 2012. Read this memo for more information and read the proposed rule changes here.

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March 2012

2010-2011 Child Care Market Rate Study
Required by the federal Child Care and Development Fund block grant, this study was conducted by the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services at NC State University. Surveys were sent to 8,039 regulated child care centers and family child care homes in the state. The study collected information needed to establish recommendations for payment rates for subsidized child care in North Carolina through the Subsidized Child Care Program.

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February 2012

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) offers new training
PCANC has produced a new engaging and informative web-based training on Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment. They are offering this training at no cost to NC residents. The training has been approved by DCDEE for two hours of child care in-service training credit. For more information or to take the course, visit the Prevent Child Abuse NC website.

Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Child Care Rules
Proposed changes to the child care rules will be published in the February 1, 2012 NC Register and a public hearing will be held during the Child Care Commission meeting on February 28, 2012. Read this memo for more information and read the proposed rule changes here.

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January 2012

Child Care Subsidy Fact Sheets for 2011-2012
New fact sheets of child care subsidy data - both Statewide and by county - are now avaiable on our website.

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2011
December 2011

North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) Fiscal and Contract Manual for 2011-2012
The North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) Fiscal and Contract Manual for FY 2011-2012 is ready!

The North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) Contractor Monitoring Tool for FY 2011-2012
The North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) Contractor Monitoring Tool for 2011-2012 is ready! The tool is designed to provide checklists of those components of the program that must be reviewed annually.

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October 2011

NC Pre-K Site Monitoring Tool is ready.
The NC Pre-K Site Monitoring Tool has been updated for FY 2011-2012. Information about monitoring requirements can be found in the NC Pre-K Program Requirements, pages 7-1 to 7-3. NC Pre-K Contract Administrators should contact their DCDEE Education Consultants with any questions.

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September 2011

NC Pre-K Forms
The following forms are ready for use with the NC Pre-K Program:

Each form provides instructions for completion and submission.

NC Pre-KKids is ready!
The 2011-2012 NC Pre-KKids system, formerly MAFKids, is ready. Please review the updated User Guide prior to entry. The system includes information about Sites, Classrooms/Teachers, and Children that make up the monthly Service Reports.

Where should child care providers submit education documents?
The budget bill passed in June by the General Assembly removed the law that required Early Educator Certifications for child care providers. Education paperwork for providers in licensed child care should now be submitted to the Division of Child Development and Early Education, Workforce Standards Section. If a provider submits, or has submitted, education paperwork to the Institute then the education evaluation data will ultimately be transferred to the Division once it has been evaluated by the Institute and transcripts would not have to be sent in to both the Division and the Institute. Early Educator Certification, now voluntary, offers benefits for both child care employers and employees. Being certified through the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals remains a positive step in professional development and is highly encouraged.

Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Child Care Rules
Proposed changes to the child care rules will be published in the September 1, 2011 NC Register and a public hearing will be held during the Child Care Commission meeting on September 27, 2011. Read this memo for more information and read the proposed rule changes here.

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August 2011

North Carolina Pre-kindergarten (NC Pre-K) Subcontract templates are ready!
The NC Pre-K new subcontract templates are available for the 2011-2012 year (notice) . Two templates are available: Subcontract template no Smart Start Funds and Subcontract template with Smart Start Funds. Instructions are provided on each template.

The NC Pre-KPlan is ready!
The notice and Step by Step Guide will walk you through your initial system management of the 2011-2012 NCPre-KPlan. The User Guide for Making Changes to NC Pre-KPlan 2011-2012 provides detail instructions for system management.

NC Pre-K Program Requirements Issued.
The 2011/2012 NC Pre-K Program Requirements have been released and can be downloaded here. These have been revised to align with Judge Manning’s ruling, the Executive Order 100 from Governor Perdue, and the requirements outlined in the 2011 Budget Bill.

Changes to Child Care Administrator Education Requirements
Changes have been made to education requirements for Administrators. These include the ending of the option to test-out of Administration I and Administration II coursework and phasing out the portfolio component requirement. See this flyer for more information.

Important updates about the NC Prekindergarten program (NC Pre-K) Governor Perdue issued Executive Order No. 100 and a press release about NC Pre-K on August 10, 2011. The NC Pre-K Frequently Asked Questions have been updated per the Executive Order. Allocations were updated and sent to NC Pre-K Contract Administrators on August 10. The final version of the NC Pre-K Program Requirements will soon be available here on What’s New.

Revised Family Child Care Home Handbook now available.
Licensed family child care homes, watch your mailboxes for this postcard. You can access the handbook online or purchase a copy by calling Customer Service or using this Printed Materials Order Form.

SEEK Rollout Schedule
See the revised map and schedule for counties to implement the SEEK program.



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July 2011

2011 Budget Bill Impacts Child Care Subsidy Payments
Special Provision language in the 2011 Budget Bill impacts subsidy payments for non-licensed homes and for one and two star licensed programs. This memo explains the changes.

Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Subsidized Child Care Rules
Proposed changes to the subsidized child care rules will be published in the July 1, 2011 NC Register and a public hearing will be held at the NC Social Services Commission meeting on August 9, 2011. For more information read this memo and the proposed rule changes.

NC Prekindergarten program moves to the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)
Effective July 1, 2011, DCDEE is the lead agency for North Carolina’s prekindergarten program NCPK, formerly housed in the Department of Instruction as More at Four. Here is current information about the changes. Specific questions are answered in this NCPK Frequently Asked Questions document. The revision date on the document tells you when it was last updated. On June 30, 2011 the Division hosted a webinar with local NCPK Contract Administrators and NCPK Committee Co-Chairs to provide updates on the program and answer many questions that had been received. The webinar was recorded, and you can watch it or share it with your community partners.

New Income Eligibility Levels Established for Subsidized Child Care Program
Families who meet the need criteria of the Subsidized Child Care Program may now be eligible for financial assistance under the new income eligibility guidelines. Financial assistance can be provided if the local purchasing agency has subsidy funding available.



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June 2011

Additional Information About New Crib Safety Standards.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released more Questions & Answers to help you understand the new crib standards that include banning the manufacture and sale of traditional drop-side cribs. The CPSC has all crib safety and crib standard guidance and publications at www.cpsc.gov/cribs.

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May 2011

SEEK Phase I - the attendance reporting sytem - has been postponed.
Read this memo for more information and watch for updates under What's New.

Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Spending for the Federal Fiscal Years 2011-2013
A Public Hearing will be held on June 2nd from 11:30-1:30 PM in room 300 at the Division’s main office, 319 Chapanoke Road, Suite 120, Raleigh, NC 27603. We welcome you to attend and comment.

Members of the public are invited to comment on the services that will be provided through the federal Child Care and Development Fund during the upcoming 2011-2013 period. The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides a block grant funding to states in order to support early care and education services.

We greatly value and appreciate your comments and recommendations. Please send your comments directly to Tasha Owens-Green and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I can be reached by email, or by phone at (919) 662-4499. Thank you for your continued commitment to North Carolina’s children and families. We look forward to hearing from you.

SEEK Awareness Sessions for Providers will be held statewide to introduce subsidized child care providers to SEEK – Subsidized Early Education for Kids. This schedule will help you find a convenient time and location to attend and learn more about how the program will work. The session has also been recorded for your viewing or view the Power Point presentation. (If you wish to see the talking points from the Power Point 2003, please save the file and open it from your computer. If you do not have Power Point please download the free Power Point viewer from Microsoft.)

New DCD Newsletter. The first issue of The Compass, an electronic newsletter for child care providers and agency partners, has been emailed to all child care centers and family child care homes that have provided DCD with an email address. It was also sent to partner agencies and organizations in the early education and school-age child care community. The newsletter has a Join Our Mailing List button for others who wish to subscribe.

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April 2011

SEEK Updates for Child Care Providers, Parents and County Staff:

  • SEEK Awareness Sessions for Providers will be held statewide to introduce subsidized child care providers to SEEK – Subsidized Early Education for Kids. This schedule will help you find a convenient time and location to attend and learn more about how the program will work.
  • SEEK Letter to Parents from DCD Director. This letter was mailed April 15 to the parents of children enrolled in the Subsidized Child Care System, to tell them about the SEEK system.
  • SEEK Flyer for Providers. This flyer was distributed in February 2011 to tell subsidized child care providers about how SEEK will work and how to get ready for it.
  • SEEK Letter to Counties and Local Purchasing Agencies. This memo was sent in January to introduce the upcoming SEEK system.

Child Care Workforce: New Information about Procedures for Workforce Education Evaluations and Early Educator Certification. Please open, print, and share these two new documents with others working in licensed child care:

  • Guidelines for Submitting Paperwork for Education Assessment is a new reference document that clarifies the procedures for submitting paperwork for education assessment.
  • Meeting Early Educator Certification Requirements explains new procedures for education evaluation in the Workforce Education Unit based on an individual’s date of hire in a child care facility.
  • Child Care Nutrition Study released: In 2009 the NC General Assembly created the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity. The Task Force has studied issues related to childhood obesity and strategies for addressing the problem. They’ve also studied early childhood interventions and the role of childcare facilities. The final report from the Task Force shares the enhanced child care nutrition standards they recommend, evidence-based guidelines to support these recommendations, and the feedback they heard from child care providers, pediatricians and nutritionists across the state.

    March 2011

    Child Care Providers: Be Smart Consumers of Training.
    As a child care provider, you have to meet state requirements for in-service training each year. If you have received your Early Educator Certification, you also need continuing education that counts for your certificate renewal. Because you spend time and money to do this, here are some tips and links to be sure that the training you take meets those requirements.

    Important Information for Subsidized Child Care Providers.
    A packet that includes information on preparing for SEEK – Subsidized Early Education for Kids - has been mailed to all providers of subsidized child care in the state. You can view all the documents in the packet here. A new tab for SEEK is coming to our web site with information about SEEK for parents, child care providers, and counties.
    NOTE: There was a delay in mailing out the packet, so the deadline to return the required forms has been extended to April 20, 2011. Letters with the new deadline are in the packet of documents above.

    February 2011

    Important Information for Subsidized Child Care Providers.
    North Carolina will soon begin using SEEK, a new attendance reporting and payment delivery system for parents and child care providers. This flyer has information about how SEEK will work and how to get ready for it. A new tab for SEEK is planned for our home page. Check our home page for updates in the coming months.

    January 2011

    What Makes an Early Childhood Teacher Great?
    A new brochure from the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals lists many of the teacher qualities and workforce supports that help answer this question. The Institute, which certifies early educators, recently added a Great Early Childhood Teacher section to their website. You’re invited to send ideas for this section to dtorrence@ncicdp.org.

    2011 NC Curricula Review Process
    The Office of Early Learning and the Division of Child Development are reconvening a committee to evaluate early childhood curricula and make recommendations to these agencies. For instructions for submitting curriculum and more information click here.

    Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Child Care Rules
    Proposed changes to child care rules will be published in the January 18, 2011 NC Register and a public hearing will be held at the NC Child Care Commission meeting on February 10, 2011. Read this memo for more information and read the proposed rule changes here.

    Is the food served in your facility safe from suspicious activity? Be aware.
    Stories in the media have made us aware that terrorist-like activities could contaminate food in retail settings. “If You See Something, Say Something.”
    Read and post this flyer for employees in food preparation and food service work areas. This letter gives more information about the campaign launched by the Department of Homeland Security and the Food and Agriculture Sector Councils to make employees aware of what to look for and what to do if something appears suspicious.

    Administration Standardized Test Information for March 5, 2011

    NC Standardized Equivalency Test for Child Care Administrators March 5, 2011

    Registration Deadline Has Been Changed Due To The Availability Of Slots.

    2010
    December 2010

    Continuing Education Sources for Early Educators
    Whether you're working toward being certified or recertified, you may be searching for college courses or opportunities to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This newsletter from the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals has a wealth of resources for you to choose from.

    Strong New Crib Safety Standards to Ensure Safe Sleep for Babies and Toddlers.
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved new mandatory federal standards for safer cribs. These include banning the manufacture and sale of traditional drop-side cribs, in response to more than 30 infant and toddler deaths. Read the press release to learn more about this and what it will mean for child care centers and homes.

    Child Care Operators - You have a new tool to protect the children in your care. As an employer you can now access the Responsible Individuals List (RIL) to find out if a current or prospective employee has been identified as a responsible individual in a substantiated case of abuse or serious neglect.
    Read more . . .

    This Request for Applications (RFA) seeks to establish a Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Council to provide oversight to the delivery of the five CCR&R Core Services: Parent Education and Referrals; Technical Assistance; Professional Development; Data Collection; and Public Awareness, across North Carolina’s 14 CCR&R regions. This RFA is open to state agencies and universities, public entities and private not-for-profit organizations with a current 501(c)(3) standing. Award(s) up to $560,000.

    Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Council Management

    Child Care Market Rate Survey

    The 2010-11 Child Care Market Rate Survey was mailed to all regulated child care providers in NC the week of November 22, 2010. All regulated child care centers and family child care homes should receive a survey packet including: a cover letter from DCD and a letter from the surveyor (NCSU Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services/CUACS), an example completed survey, the instructions and a blank Market Rate Survey for providers to complete, and a postage-paid business reply envelope.

    When providers receive their survey packet they are asked to carefully consider and complete the survey and please return their response via postal mail (or fax to 919-515-3642) as quickly as possible. A full and quick response from providers is crucial to DCD in our efforts to collect representative child care market rate information. Providers who do not respond on their own may be contacted by CUACS staff by phone to complete the survey.

    Any provider who does not receive a survey packet or who has questions about completing their survey should contact Art Anthony at 919-515-1300 (phone) or by electronic mail at Art_Anthony@ncsu.edu. In order to maintain confidentiality, all questions regarding the survey should be directed to CUACS and not to DCD.

    November 2010

    Posted November 22, 2010 — All questions received by the Division of Child Development regarding the Child Care Workforce Survey and Analysis RFA announcement and a response to each question received.
    Child Care Workforce Survey and Analysis RFA Questions/Response

    Child Care Workforce Survey and Analysis RFA (Request for Applications) RFA open to State agencies and universities, public entities and private not-for-profit organizations with current 501(c)(3) standing. Up to $300,000 total, for one award, is available to poll child care workers in regulated family child care homes and child care centers in every county throughout NC. Survey results will provide comprehensive data regarding the wages and benefits provided to employees and how those and other factors influence employees’ education levels, experience and turnover in the industry.

    Workforce Survey RFA

    Administration Standardized Test Information for March 5, 2011
    Registration Deadline Has Been Changed Due To The Availability Of Slots.

    October 2010

    Child Care Director Meetings are being held in October and November to review the new child care requirements that became effective July 1, 2010. You will receive an invitation from your child care consultant to attend a Directors Meeting in your area. The purpose of these meetings is to inform you of rule requirements pertaining to children’s health and nutrition, age and developmentally appropriate activities, enriching outdoor learning environments, quality activities for school-age care and preventing obesity in young children. You will also have the opportunity to hear about the new law related to the Early Educator Certification. Copies of handouts will not be available at the Director Meetings. Below you will find copies of the PowerPoint presentations for Family Child Care Homes and Centers. Please print the applicable copy and bring it with you to your session.

    October/November Director Meeting – PowerPoint Presentations:

    Family Child Care Home

    Center

    September 2010

    Updates and Information for NC Child Care Providers

    The past year has brought changes in North Carolina Child Care Licensing Rules and Child Care Law. This link will take you to a summary of these changes and other information. Packets containing this information are being mailed to all regulated child care providers in North Carolina.

    Early Educator Certification

    A new law requires teachers and family child care home providers to have their education certified through the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals. Discover the many resources on the Institute’s website, learn about Early Educator Certification, and find out how you can become certified FREE OF CHARGE through September 2010, or at half-price from October through December 2010.

    August 2010

    NC Early Educator Certification Webinars - free webinars about the new law requiring Early Educator Certification for North Carolina child care teachers and family child care home providers. Register now for September 1 or September 9, 2010.

    “What do North Carolinians Want for Their Children?” report released Thursday, August 5, 2010

    July 2010

    Information about Child Care Licensing Rule Changes Effective July 1 and August 1, 2010

    Over the last year the North Carolina Child Care Commission has been working on rulemaking in the areas of children’s health and nutrition, enriching outdoor activities and quality school-age care, based on research reviewed on outdoor learning environments, quality activities for school-age care, and preventing obesity in young children. The majority of these rules became effective July 1, 2010, with the exception of a few that carried over to August 1, 2010. Please click on the links below for a summary of the rule changes for child care centers and for family child care homes. The complete rule text will be updated in the coming week and can be found as a link on the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education webpage.

    Summary of Rule Changes for Centers 2010

    Summary of Rule Changes for Homes 2010

    Rule Text effective July 1 and August 1, 2010

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a major recall of cribs with drop-sides and other hazards. See their Crib Information Center for resources and frequently asked questions about crib safety.

    Summer Safety Tips - 2010

    An exciting new initiative for the Division is Deeming Income Eligibility Across Service and Benefit Programs in the Department of Health and Human Services. This will allow for a more efficient service delivery system for families. To learn more about the new procedures and revised subsidy policies, please view the power point presentations and FAQs.

    May 2010

    North Carolina’s Child Care Licensing Rule – Changes approved by the Child Care Commission on April 29th, 2010

    Free Child Care Aware Webinar

    NACCRRA's Child Care Aware will be hosting a webinar entitled," Is Your Child Care Program Prepared for Emergencies?" The webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. EST, is designed to help parents ensure their child care provider or center program is prepared to keep children safe during emergencies. Questions to ask providers will be covered. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Beverly Schmalzried, the Senior Strategic Advisor for NACCRRA. Dr. Schmalzried has many years of experience working with providers in preparing for and recovering from natural disasters and formerly directed the United States Air Force's worldwide system of child care and youth programs. To register for the webinar please click here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/225374410

    April 2010

    The North Carolina Quality Rating and Improvement System Advisory Committee

    Over ten years have passed since the rollout of the star rated license system, and the Division of Child Development and other system partners believe that the state is now ready to think toward the future for an even stronger Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), a broader system focused on systems-level quality improvements as well as efforts to further support quality child care and informed decision-making for families. The field of early childhood education now benefits from an expanded body of research that further defines child care quality indicators and ways to improve quality, which has contributed to the vision of a stronger system and has led to the formation of the Quality Rating and Improvement System Advisory Committee.

    The mission of the QRIS Advisory Committee is to review the current system, provide a vision for the future of the QRIS, and make recommendations for short and long-term changes that will lead the state toward that vision. These recommendations will include suggestions for policy revisions and initiatives that will improve and enhance our current system. The committee will study and review the North Carolina early care and education system and gather additional resources as necessary. A diverse group of individuals, including for-profit, not-for-profit, and government sponsored child care providers, as well as state and community partners have been identified to provide the broadest possible set of perspectives for consideration by the Division of Child Development, the Child Care Commission, and other key early care and education stakeholders.

    The Advisory Committee work will culminate with a report of all recommendations that will be shared with the Child Care Commission and other key early care and education system partners.

    March 2010

    Attention Child Care Center Directors:

    The Division of Child Development invites you to attend a Directors Meeting. Your child care consultant will soon be mailing you an invitation that provides the meeting date, location, and time. This meeting will be divided into two parts.

    The first hour, we will be distributing a copy of the revised Child Care Center Handbook (one copy per center) and will discuss changes that have occurred to the Handbook.

    In the second hour, we will be sharing information about a new publication titled, Infant-Toddler Foundations: Guidelines for Development and Learning for North Carolina’s Infants and Toddlers (Birth to 36 Months) and distributing one copy per center.

    The Division will be "going green" for this meeting, and therefore will not be providing copies of the presentation handouts. You should download presentation handouts and bring them with you to the meeting. Click here for instructions on how to print handouts.

    Child Care Center Handbook in Powerpoint
    Infant-Toddler Foundations Overview in Powerpoint

    Proposed Rule Changes

    February 2010

    Due to the possibility of inclement weather across various parts of the state this week, the third quarter Child Care Commission meeting has been postponed until Thursday, March 11, 2010. There will still be a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. regarding requirements for Developmental Day Services. In addition, during the March 11th Commission meeting, there will be an opportunity to comment on these Developmental Day rules.

    The March 11, 2010 Public Hearing and Commission meeting will both be held at the Division of Child Development, 319 Chapanoke Road, Suite 120, Raleigh, NC. Comments will be accepted through March 16, 2010.

    January 2010 NC Standardized Equivalency Test for Child Care Administrators March 06, 2010.

    Attention Child Care Center Directors:

    The Division of Child Development invites you to attend a Directors Meeting. Your child care consultant will soon be mailing you an invitation that provides the meeting date, location, and time. This meeting will be divided into two parts.

    The first hour, we will be distributing a copy of the revised Child Care Center Handbook (one copy per center) and will discuss changes that have occurred to the Handbook.

    In the second hour, we will be sharing information about a new publication titled, Infant-Toddler Foundations: Guidelines for Development and Learning for North Carolina’s Infants and Toddlers (Birth to 36 Months) and distributing one copy per center.

    The Division will be "going green" for this meeting, and therefore will not be providing copies of the presentation handouts. You should download presentation handouts and bring them with you to the meeting. Click here for instructions on how to print handouts.

    Child Care Center Handbook Overview in Powerpoint
    Infant-Toddler Foundations Overview in Powerpoint

    2009
    December 2009 NC Early Childhood Administrator Test Schedule 2010 Equivalency tests for the administration coursework required to be qualified as a North Carolina Early Childhood Administrator.
    October 2009

    The NC Child Care Commission is proposing rule changes in the areas of children's health and nutrition, enriching outdoor activities and quality school-age care, based on research reviewed on outdoor learning environments, quality activities for school-age care, and preventing obesity in young children. Other changes are reformatting or a change in placement of existing rules that are already being followed and enforced.

    The Commission will repeal rules in Section .2800 that pertain to the three component Star Rated License System. In the 2005 Legislative Session a bill was passed to make improvements to NC's Star Rated License System. In the past, Star Ratings of 2 to 5 Stars were determined based on a program's compliance history, education standards, and programs standards. Under the new system and in accordance to G.S. 110-90(4) a minimum compliance history is now required and the Star Ratings are based on education and program standards. All programs have now transitioned to the two component system and the two component rules are currently being followed, therefore, rules referencing the three component system are no longer needed and will be repealed.

    Proposed rule text.

    September 2009

    Allocation of Child Care Subsidy Funds for State Fiscal Year 2009-10 Memorandum

    2009 H1N1 Flu What Do I Need to Know and Do? (English)

    2009 H1N1 Flu What Do I Need to Know and Do? (Spanish)

    CDC Says “Take 3” Steps To Fight The Flu

    NC Early Childhood Administrator Test Schedule 2010 Equivalency tests for the administration coursework required to be qualified as a North Carolina Early Childhood Administrator.

    New and Revised Forms from the Workforce Section/Education Unit

    Click here to read a memo about changes in the application (Education and Equivalency) forms and the Change of Information form used by child care providers when submitting education paperwork and updating their records. The new forms are posted at Providers/Provider Documents.

    Please begin using the new forms (dated 8/09) for all future applications and changes of information.

    As of August 1, 2009, old versions of the credential applications (for Early Childhood, Family Child Care, and School Age Child Care) are no longer accepted. Application for any of these credentials should be made on the (combined) North Carolina Credentials Application DCD.0168, which was developed earlier in 2009 and revised in 8/09. This form has been distributed to the community college early childhood instructors and is available at Providers/Provider Documents.

    The NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP), in partnership with over 22 state and local organizations, announces the release of the state’s first centralized, online statewide database on afterschool trainings and professional development opportunities. Afterschool staff and directors can access the database to identify area trainings and plan staff professional development. The new website features a user-friendly, searchable catalog of trainings that users can sort by geographical region, training competency, skill level of staff member, provider of training, and more.

    Visit www.ncafterschooltraining.com to view the Professional Development Training Database. First-time users can also download a “User’s Guide,” available on the website.

    The database is a product of a statewide initiative led by NC CAP, NCSU 4-H Youth Development and the NC Afterschool Coalition over the past year. Other member representation on the group includes the major public and private afterschool providers, State agencies, afterschool member associations, NC’s Community College System, and early childhood care providers. This group is working to create a comprehensive professional development system that will motivate afterschool staff to increase their level of education, and in turn, to improve the level of quality care they provide.

    Contact Jamie Knowles at jknowles@ncforum.org or (919) 781-6833 ext. 115 for more information.

    August 2009

    New Income Eligibility Levels Established for Subsidized Child Care Program

    Families who meet the need criteria of the Subsidized Child Care Program may now be eligible for financial assistance under the new income eligibility guidelines. Financial assistance can be provided if the local purchasing agency has subsidy funding available.

    Click here for the June 2009 Child Care Subsidy Market Rate Study. The 2009 Child Care Market Rate study was conducted by the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services (CUACS) at North Carolina State University for the North Carolina Division of Child Development. In general, “market rates” are the maximum payment rates for providers participating in the subsidized child care program. The purpose of the Market Rate study is to collect information needed to make recommendations for market rates for subsidized child care in North Carolina by analyzing the rates that families are charged for child care. This study represents North Carolina’s third survey of child care rates by the five licensing levels of the Rated License.

    Surveys were sent to 8,542 regulated child care centers and family child care homes in North Carolina, seeking information on rates charged by child care providers. Ninety-seven percent of child care providers responded. Per federal Child Care Development Fund block grant requirements, a market rate survey must be completed every two years.

    **Please note that the October 1, 2007 market rates remain in effect. No adjustments to the current market rates are planned at this time.**

     

    Change in Licensing Fees Effective October 2009

    Based on changes made by the NC Legislature to NC General Statute 110-90(1a), effective October 2009 there is an increase to the license fee schedule for child care centers. In addition, all licensed Family Child Care Homes will be required to pay an annual licensing fee. This does not apply to religious sponsored programs operating pursuant to a Notice of Compliance, or to state or public school operated child care centers.

    Effective October 2009 the Licensing Fee schedule is as follows:

    Licensed Capacity Fee

    12 or fewer children $52.00

    13-50 children $187.00

    51-100 children $375.00

    101 or more children $600.00

    The Division has prepared and is mailing all providers the 2009 Licensing Fee schedule. To view a copy of the brochure click here.

    To view a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions about licensing fees, click here.

    Income Eligibility Limits Increased for Subsidized Child Care Program

    The maximum income eligibility limits for child care subsidy services have been revised as a result of State law that requires such updating every two years. The new income limits apply to families who apply for services on or after August 1, 2009 and families currently receiving child care subsidy services, at their annual redetermination or when a change is reported in the family’s situation.

    Maximum Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Limits for Subsidized Child Care Services effective August 1, 2009

    Maximum Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Limits and fee percentages for Subsidized Child Care Services effective August 1, 2009

    NC Standardized Equivalency Test for Child Care Administrators
    September 26, 2009

    July 2009

    In July 2009 the NC Division of Child Development submitted its 2010-2011 Child Care and Development Fund Plan to the Child Care Bureau for approval. This plan, which will guide the ongoing work of the Division for the next two years, will be permanently posted on the NC Child Care Snapshot page once it is approved. To view this plan, click here.

    NC Early Childhood Administrator Test Schedule 2009-2010 Equivalency tests for the administration coursework required to be qualified as a North Carolina Early Childhood Administrator.

    Temporary policy has been developed to disregard the earnings received by a parent or responsible adult who is employed as a temporary worker with the Census Bureau. This policy is effective immediately and the Division will notify counties when it is no longer in effect.

    The NC Child Care Commission is proposing rule changes in the areas of children’s health and nutrition, enriching outdoor activities and quality school age care based on research reviewed on outdoor learning environments, quality activities for school age care and preventing obesity in young children. Changes to the definition of ‘health care professional’ are also being made as a result of legislation approved during the current General Assembly session.

    Click here for proposed rule text.

    June 2009

    New Director for NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development

    Maria Spaulding, DHHS Deputy Secretary is pleased to announce that effective June 2, 2009 Deborah “Deb” J. Cassidy has been named Director of the Division of Child Development.

    Dr. Cassidy comes to DCD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with more than nineteen years experience as a professor of Human Development and Family Studies, coordinator of the Birth-Kindergarten Licensure Program, and the Child Development Education Program which is an on-campus child care program serving more than 82 children. Additionally, Dr. Cassidy served as the Project Director for the Rated License Assessment Project at the University for approximately 10 years.

    Cassidy's credentials include a Ph.D. in Child Development and Early Childhood from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois focusing on young children’s memory and object location. Dr. Cassidy has authored or co-authored dozens of reports and articles dealing with early childhood issues, most published in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education and the Early Childhood Education Journal.

    Please join the Division in welcoming Dr. Cassidy to the Department of Health and Human Services, and to the Department’s leadership team and child care community.

    2009 Summer Camp Directory
    A resource guide for families with children who have special needs.

    DCD Administrative Letter
    Expanded Eligibility for Parents/Responsible Adults Seeking Employment #01-09

    May 2009

    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - 2010-2011 Child Care and Development Fund
    Public Hearing Date and Location: A Public hearing on North Carolina’s 2010-2011 Proposed CCDF Plan will be held June 2, 2009, 4:30-6:00 PM, in room 300 at the Division of Child Development, 319 Chapanoke Road in Raleigh, 27603.

    Directions to Division of Child Development


    Meeting Education Requirements for Child Care Staff
    The following resources are available to help child care providers understand education requirements, the process to apply and be qualified for a position, and how to update their records with the Child Care Workforce Standards Section of the North Carolina Division of Child Development:

    Guidelines to Education Evaluations for Child Care Providers: Application Process and Documentation

    Child Care Workforce Education Evaluation: Criteria and Policy

    Nationally Recognized Regional Accreditation of Colleges

    Lead Teacher Equivalency Options

    NC Early Childhood Administration Credential and Equivalency

    NC Early Childhood Administrator Test Schedule 2009-2010
    Equivalency tests for the administration coursework required to be qualified as a North Carolina Early Childhood Administrator.

    Guidelines to High School Diplomas and Equivalents


    CDC Swine Flu Information Update

    CDC Swine (H1N1) Flu Information Update for K-12 Schools and Child Care Facilities (5/5/2009)
    Interim CDC Guidance in response to human infections with, and how to prevent the spread of the Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus.

    February 2009

    On December 1, 2008, important changes to the NC Sex Offender Registry law went into effect. North Carolina General Statute §14-208 contains the complete language of the law.

    Some of the new restrictions and changes have a direct impact on child care facilities. These include a requirement that all licensed child care centers register to receive e-mail notification when a registered sex offender moves within a one-mile radius of the center. (§14-208.19)

    You should be aware of the changes to the sex offender statute and how they may impact your business. You can read more about the law online and register for the e-mail notification at http://ncfindoffender.com.

    If you have any questions, please contact your local sheriff’s department.

    Changes to when to enroll for Kindergarten

    For more information, click here

    January 2009

    Infant-Toddler Foundations

    The Division of Child Development is proud to announce the publication of early learning guidelines for infants and toddlers (birth through 36 months of age).

    Subsidy Funding Authorizations

    The Division of Child Development is pleased to announce that the Subsidy Funding Authorizations are now on the website. They are found under the County Staff tab. Funding Authorizations for SFY 08-09 to date are included for your convenience.

    2008
    December 2008

    Administration Credential Test Flier

    November 2008

    DHHS Criminal Record Checks

    The Division of Child Development houses the unit that performs criminal record checks for many DHHS divisions. In addition to criminal record checks for child care providers, the unit performs checks for adoption / foster care, EMS personnel, and selected DHHS personnel. Look for the tab on our home page in order to access the information for criminal record checks, or click here.

    October 2008

    NC Awarded Technical Assistance Grant to Promote Healthy Social Emotional Development

    North Carolina is participating in a new early childhood professional development opportunity designed to support the social and emotional development of children birth through five. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has developed its Pyramid Model for promoting young children’s social and emotional skills and for preventing and addressing challenging behavior. CSEFEL has also developed extensive, user-friendly training materials, videos, and print resources to help North Carolina’s child care providers, communities and programs implement the model. To find out more about CSEFEL , the Pyramid Model and North Carolina’s involvement in the project, click click here.

    The schedule for Child Care Pre-licensing Workshops offered in November / December 2008 has been posted. This workshop is required for anyone interested in opening a child care center.

    2008-09 County Facts Sheet

    September 2008

    2008-09 Statewide Facts Sheet

    Access the latest version of the Subsidized Child Care Services Manual

    Allocation of Child Care Subsidy Funds for State Fiscal Year 2008-2009

    Be Active Kids® Train-the-Trainer

    August 2008

    NCECAC Standardized Testing Registration Form 2008

    July 2008

    NCECAC Standardized Testing Information 2008 - 2009

    Rule Changes Effective July 1, 2008

    April 2008

    DCD Administrative Letter #01-08
    Disregard of 2008 Economic Stimulus Payments for Child Care Subsidy Services

    March 2008

    2008 General Testing Information

    Changes in the Criminal Records Check Process

    Child Care Center Rule Change Summary Mailing

    Family Child Care Home Rule Change Summary Mailing

    February 2008

    Temporary Suspension of Requirements for Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib) Vaccine

    January 2008

    NC Child Care Commission Notice of Public Hearing for February 7, 2008

    2007
    December 2007

    Criminal Record Check Rule Changes

    Rule Changes Effective November and December 2007

    Lead Teacher Test-Out Option Coming to an End


    November 2007

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has released an updated handout entitled Preventing the Flu in 2007-2008: Strategies and Resources for Child Care Providers and Out-of-Home Caregivers of Children. The handout is now available at http://www.healthychildcare.org/pdf/PreventingFlu%20ChildCareProviders%2007-08.pdf.

    Child Care Subsidy Fact Sheets for 2007-2008

    October 2007

    The 2007 Child Care Market Rate Study was conducted by the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services at North Carolina State University for the Division of Child Development. Market rates are the maximum payment rates for providers of subsidized child care. The purpose of the Market Rate Study was to collect information about what parents in North Carolina paid for child care in October 2006 so that new market rates for the Subsidized Child Care Program could be considered. This is North Carolina’s third survey of child care rates by the five licensing levels of the rated license. Surveys were sent to over 8,700 regulated child care centers and family child care homes to obtain information on the number and ages of children served and the rates for child care services. Click here to view the full report.

    The N.C. General Assembly passed legislation in 2007 for new market rates to become effective on October 1, 2007. The new rates apply to child care facilities with ratings of 3-5 stars and are based on partial implementation of recommended rate adjustments from the 2007 survey. Click on these links to view the new market rates for child care centers and family child care homes.

    In addition, the Division of Child Development has updated the subsidy rate calculator to reflect the current market rates as of October 1, 2007. The updated calculator can be found by clicking here.

    September 2007

    Choosing Quality Child Care

    August 2007

    1. Maximum Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Limits for Subsidized Child Care Services effective August 1, 2007
    2. Maximum Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Limits and fee percentages for Subsidized Child Care Services effective August 1, 2007

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