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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!

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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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