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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!

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

What's New - September 2017

Child Care Commission Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its First Quarter Meeting on September 25, and its Special Rules Meeting on September 26, 2017. 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 10A NCAC 10 .0308, .0309, .0313, .0602 and repeal rule .0702 of the Subsidized Child Care rules. A public hearing will be held on September 13, 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 - August 2017


Market Rates

Market Rates Flyer

Access and review the county market rates for Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers for 1-5 star licensed programs that became effective October 1, 2017.



What's New - June 2017


The CCDF Plan is North Carolina's largest source of federal child care funds. CCDF funds must be used by states for child care subsidies and initiatives to improve the quality of child care. States are required to submit a biennial plan describing how CCDF funds will be used.

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Fourth Quarter Meeting on June 26, 2017, and its Special Rules Meeting on June 27, 2017.. 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 mapto the Dix Grill Employee center.


EXTENSION OF DEADLINE
CCDF Federal Requirements
including required Health & Safety Training
FOR ALL PROVIDERS!

Good News!
Training deadline for Health and Safety Training has been EXTENDED

DCDEE is aware that providers have faced challenges in completing the health and safety training that was required to be completed by the end of this month.
North Carolina was not alone in this challenge, and providers across the country were struggling to complete the training in the deadline that was given. The federal government heard those concerns. Yesterday the Division received word from our federal partners that an extension has been provided to NC, allowing child care providers additional time to meet requirements for health and safety training, including requirements for Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect training, and policies on preventing shaken baby syndrome.
 
The training completion deadline has now been extended to June 30th, 2018

For those of you who have already completed your training, we thank you for the effort in took to get it done! It was not wasted time and you have now met the requirement.  For those of you who are scheduled to attend training in the next few weeks, we encourage you to not cancel your registration but to go ahead and finish the training courses.

The online training through Pro-Solutions will remain available, but remember that you can also select in-person workshops or complete a blend of online and in-person training.
Required training topics include:

  • Administration of medication
  • Appropriate precautions in transporting children
  • Building and physical premises safety
  • CPR and First Aid*
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning
  • Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants
  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunizations
  • Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
  • Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma
  • Prevention of SIDS and use of safe sleeping practice
  • Recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect
*Online Training will NOT be available for CPR & First Aid


 

Family Child Care Home Listening Sessions

 

DCDEE has scheduled listening sessions for Family Child Care Home providers to share their perspective with Division staff in sixteen communities throughout North Carolina.

 

These sessions are designed to facilitate small group discussions regarding challenges Family Child Care Home operators face and concerns related to DCDEE monitoring procedures and proposed rule changes.  The DCDEE listening sessions are an opportunity for providers to share in discussions with each other and also to provide input on issues to the Division. Sessions are scheduled across the state, in the evenings, to allow all licensed Family Child Care Home operators to participate.

 

You are cordially invited to attend one of the listening sessions listed below.   Please contact your DCDEE Child Care Consultant if you have any questions.  Advance RSVP is not required.

 

All FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME LISTENING SESSIONS  

are scheduled from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

 

Listening Sessions will be held on:

Date

Location

Address

June 13, 2017

Calvary Church Child Development Center (Room 232)

 

5801 Pineville Matthews Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226

June 14, 2017

Cumberland County Main Library

(Pate Room)

 

300 Maiden Lane,

Fayetteville, NC 28301

June 19, 2017

Iredell County Library

(First Floor Meeting Room)

 

201 N. Tradd Street,

Statesville, NC  28677

 

June 20, 2017    

Forsyth County Health Department (Meeting Room 2)

 

799 N. Highland Avenue,

Winston Salem, NC 27101

 

June 20, 2017    

Stanly Community College

(The Webb Center)

 

141 College Drive,

Albemarle, NC 28001

 

June 21, 2017    

North County Regional Library (Mecklenburg)

 

16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville, NC 28078

 

June 26, 2017    

Elizabeth City State University

(K. E. White Graduate Center - Room 107)

 

1704 Weeksville Road,

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

 

June 27, 2017    

The Mann Center

(Auditorium)

 

507 N. Steele Street,

Sanford, NC 27330

 

July 10, 2017

 

 

Orange County Public Library

(Main Meeting Room)

 

137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC, 27278

 

July 10, 2017

Pitt County Cooperative Extension (Auditorium)

 

403 Government Circle -

Suite 2,  

Greenville, NC 27834

 

July 11, 2017     

Brookstone Church  

(NABY Attic Room)

 

20 Reynolds Mountain Blvd., Asheville, NC  28804

 

July 13, 2017

Durham County Health  

Department  

(Large Conference Room 2nd Floor)

 

414 E. Main Street,

Durham, NC 27701

 

July 18, 2017

Smart Start of New Hanover County

(Large Meeting Room)

 

3534 South College Road - Suite F,  

Wilmington, NC 28412

 

July 20, 2017

Foothills Center  

(HEC 163 Room)

 

2128 S. Sterling Street, Morganton, NC  28655

 

July 25, 2017

Guilford Child Development

(Large Training Room)

 

1200 Arlington Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

 

July 27, 2017     

Children's Discovery Center

(Large Conference Room)

5511 Avent Ferry Road,

Raleigh, NC  27606

 

What's New - May 2017

Child Care Commission Special Rules Meeting and Public Hearing

The North Carolina Child Care Commission will hold its Special Rules Meeting and Public Hearing on May 8, 2017 at the Dix Grill Employee Center, 1101 Cafeteria Drive, Raleigh, NC. The public hearing will be held on proposed rules that the Commission has reviewed in accordance with the periodic review of rules process. These rules are for child care facilities, family child care homes, and special programs. The hearing will begin at 1:00 p.m. Please read this memo and fiscal note for more information.

What's New - April 2017

NC Child Care Commission Teleconference Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will meet by teleconference on Monday, April 17, 2017 to vote on a request for Declaratory Ruling received from Crème de la Crème, Inc. The request is to amend rules 10A NCAC 09 .0510 - Activity Areas: Preschool Children Two Years and Older and 10A NCAC 09 .1401 - Indoor Space. The meeting will be held at the Division of Child Development and Early Education, McBryde Building, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Conference Room 130, Raleigh, NC, 27603. (GPS: use Smithwick Drive). The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Seating will be available for the public.

What's New - March 2017

Child Care Commission Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Third Quarter Meeting on March 20, 2017. The meeting 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.

**Please note that the Special Rules Meeting scheduled for March 21 has been canceled.

What's New - February 2017

Child Care Commission Meeting - Cancellation

The NC Child Care Commission's Third Quarter and Special Rules Meetings have been canceled for February 27-28, 2017.

What's New - January 2017

Director and Provider Meetings

The Division of Child Development and Early Education invites you to attend a Child Care Center Operator/Director and Family Child Care Home Provider meeting. Your child care consultant will be sending you an invitation providing the meeting date, location, and time. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the new child care requirements adopted on September 23, 2016 and to assist you with implementation of the new requirements. If you have already attended a meeting, please review the information provided and use as needed.

Please download the appropriate presentation handout and bring it with you to the meeting.

Child Care Center Operator/Director Meeting Presentation Handout

Family Child Care Home Meeting Presentation Handout

The following resources are also available to assist with implementation of new rules:

Health and Safety Training Requirements Frequently Asked Questions

Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma Policy

Child Care Commission Meeting -

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Special Rules Meeting on January 30, 2017. The meeting 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 - December 2016

Child Care Commission Meeting - Cancellation

The NC Child Care Commission's Special Rules Meeting has been canceled for December 13, 2016.

Child Care Commission Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Second Quarter Meeting on December 12 and its Special Rules Meeting on December 13, 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.

WORKS-Workforce Online Reporting and Knowledge System

DCDEE WORKS Release Letter

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is pleased to announce the release of a new web portal, the DCDEE Workforce Online Reporting and Knowledge System (WORKS).

Staff in all N.C. childcare positions must meet minimum education requirements. Previously, all paperwork needed to support education requirements had to be submitted to the DCDEE Workforce Education Unit for evaluation purposes. Effective Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, with the exception of official transcripts, paperwork will be uploaded using WORKS. The public portal includes a self-service component known as the applicant portal. The DCDEE WORKS applicant portal enables an individual applicant to register and maintain their workforce information to support education requirements.

DCDEE WORKS requires that the user maintain an individual NCID user name and password. The first time the user logs into DCDEE WORKS with their NCID, they will be prompted to create their DCDEE WORKS account. Once the account is created, the documentation submitted through DCDEE WORKS will be associated with the account. Individuals who have previously submitted documentation to the DCDEE Workforce Education Unit for purposes of evaluation should not need to upload the previously submitted documentation; this information will be associated with your individual DCDEE WORKS account after it has been established.

The portal is available online and may be accessed via the following link: https://dcdee.works.nc.gov/

NCID Registration for the Early Childhood Workforce

In preparation for the WORKS Applicant portal, APPLICANTS CAN NOW REGISTER FOR A NCID! NCID is a secure username and password a WORKS applicant uses to access their account. Each applicant must have an individual NCID.

In a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, go to the North Carolina Identity Management (NCID) website at https://ncid.nc.gov and sign up today!

Follow this link to create your individual NCID: http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/PDF_forms/DCDEE_WORKS_Applicant_Job_Aid-CreatingyourNCID.pdf.

Information will be provided and updated on the DCDEE website www.ncchildcare.nc.gov under the DCDEE WORKS tab http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/general/mb_dcdeeworks.asp. Informational materials and instructional guides will be posted here. Please reference this location for applicant bulletins, step-by-step instructional guides and other need-to-know information as you plan for this transition.

What is the Workforce Identification Number (WFID)?

The Workforce Identification Number is a unique identifier assigned to all Workforce Education Unit applicants.

Will I need my Workforce Identification Number (WFID number) in order to register in WORKS?

You are not required to have this information when registering, but your WFID number will assist WORKS in identifying any previous educational information on file with the Workforce Education Unit

We look forward to providing this service to the early childhood workforce. As we implement new standards and assessments, we will be working hard to keep you informed about our progress. Remember to visit our website at www.ncchildcare.nc.gov for more information about the new Workforce Online Reporting and Knowledge System!

Division of Child Development and Early Education - Workforce Education Unit

What's New - October 2016

Child Care Commission Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission Meeting previously scheduled for October 24, 2016 has been cancelled due to the flooding aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The Commission will meet December 12-13, 2016.

NC Social Services Commission Meeting to adopt Temporary Rules-October 12, 2016 10A NCAC 10 .0602 and .0702

The Social Services Commission (SSC) will hold a special teleconference meeting for the purpose of adopting temporary rules for 10A NCAC 10 .0602 and .0702 to replace the emergency rules. These rules are necessary in order to come into compliance with the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014.

The CCDBG, 42 U.S.C. 9858, Section 658E(c)(2)(G) requires all child care providers "that provide services for which assistance is provided in accordance" with the Act to comply with training requirements under the Act. Presently, facilities operating under N.C.G.S. 110-106, centers operating in other states, and centers certified by the United States Department of Defense are not required to comply with current regulatory requirements under G.S. 110, Article 7 and 10A NCAC 09 governing training. The rules would require facilities not currently subject to the training requirements, to comply in order to be eligible to participate in the state's subsidized child care assistance program.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at the Division of Social Services, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Room 151, Raleigh, NC 27603 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. Interested parties may also attend the meeting by telephone conference at the number provided on the agenda.

What's New - September 2016

Child Care Commission Meeting

The NC Child Care Commission will hold its Special Rules Meeting on September 26, 2016. The meeting 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.

2016 Curriculum and Formative Assessment Review Process

The Division is now accepting curriculum and formative assessments for a review process which will be held November 14-17. Over 50 publishers have received an announcement by mail. If you want a curriculum or formative assessment reviewed, please submit to the DCDEE Webmaster the name of the curriculum and/or formative assessment, the copyright date and contact information for the publisher. We will make sure they receive the announcement of the process. Read more about the 2016 Curriculum and Formative Assessment Review Process on the Curriculum page of the DCDEE website.

If you are a teacher or early childhood administrator and would like to be a reviewer of four-year-old curriculum and or formative assessments read the Reviewer Information.

NC Child Care Commission Meeting

The North Carolina Child Care Commission will meet by telephone to adopt temporary rules necessary to implement the safety requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 12, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Division of Child Development and Early Education, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Conference Room 130, Raleigh, NC. Please read this agenda and the proposed temporary rules for more information.

NC Social Services Commission Meeting and Public Hearing for Temporary Rules-September 14, 2016

10A NCAC 10 .0602 and .0702
At its August 10th meeting the NC Social Services Commission adopted emergency rules in order to come into compliance with the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. In accordance to G.S. 150B-21.1A when an agency adopts emergency rules it must also begin the process for temporary rulemaking at the same time. The Commission will hold a public hearing on these proposed temporary rules on September 14 at the Division of Social Services, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Room 151, Raleigh, NC. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Please view the attached agenda and memo regarding the rules for further information.

What's New - August 2016

NC Social Services Commission Meeting

At its August 10th meeting the NC Social Services Commission adopted emergency rules in order to come into compliance with the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. In accordance to G.S. 150B-21.1A when an agency adopts emergency rules it must also begin the process for temporary rulemaking at the same time. The Commission is also proposing temporary rules and will hold a public hearing on these rules on September 14 at the Division of Social Services, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Room 151, Raleigh, NC. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Please view the attached memo for further information.

Child Care Commission Meeting

Public Hearing
The North Carolina Child Care Commission proposes to amend temporary rules in order to meet the requirements of the CCDBG Act of 2014 in 10A NCAC 09. A public hearing will be held on August 9, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Division of Child Development and Early Education, 820 South Boylan Avenue, Conference Room 130, Raleigh, NC. Please read this memo and the proposed temporary rules for more information.

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.

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