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Our What's New page tries to 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!

RECALLS - get information about items that may pose a health or safety concern to children.

What's New - March 2015

NC Child Care Commission meeting

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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