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Our What's New page can help keep you up to date on various child care issues.  To read updates and information from previous months, visit the What's New Archive.   If you have suggestions for this page, please contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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What's New - July 2016

Child Care Commission Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its First Quarter Meeting on July 25 and its Special Rules Meeting on July 26, 2016. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and 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.

What's New - May 2016

Child Care Commission Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Fourth Quarter Meeting on May 16 and its Special Rules Meeting on May 17, 2016. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and 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.

What's New - April 2016

NC Social Services Commission Meeting

The North Carolina Social Services Commission proposes to adopt 10A NCAC 10 .0102, .0905, and .1007 of the Subsidized Child Care rules. The meeting will be held on April 13, at the Division of Social Services, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Room 151, Raleigh, NC. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. For more information regarding the rules please view the proposed rules and impact analysis.

What's New - March 2016

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

CCDF Plan 2016-2018 (Pending Approval)

Child Care Commission Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Third Quarter Meeting on March 7 and its Special Rules Meeting on March 8, 2016. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and 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.

NC Social Services Commission Meeting

Public Hearing
The North Carolina Social Services Commission proposes to amend rules in 10A NCAC 10 Subsidized Child Care.  A public hearing will be held on March 9, 2016 at the Division of Social Services, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Room 151, Raleigh, NC. The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Read this memo and the proposed rules and impact analysis for more information.

What's New - February 2016

Child Care Commission Meetings Rescheduled to March 7-8, 2016

The Child Care Commission has rescheduled its February 15 and 16 meetings to March 7 and 8 due to potential inclement weather through the weekend and early next week.  The meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m. and 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.

What's New - 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

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - February 2015

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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.

What's New - 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.



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