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What's New - June 2014NC 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 MapWorking 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.
What's New - May 2014School-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.
What's New - April 2014Attention 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.
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:
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.
What's New - March 2014
The Division of Child Development and Early Education has Relocated.
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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