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EXTENSION Health Safety Training Requirements FOR ALL PROVIDERS

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 by the deadline that was given. The federal government heard those concerns. This week 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. Free online training can still be accessed from the DCDEE website or at this link .

Early Educator Certification (EEC) Changes Effective June 1, 2017

As of June 1, 2017, Early Educator Certification is becoming a more traditional education registry, which will assess and house education. While EEC continues to encourage ongoing education, it is no longer required for renewal except for those certified at levels 4 or 8 with less than 6 focused semester credits. EEC will continue to provide a certificate to document your success as well as benefits through EEC Rewards Benefits.

Also effective June 1, the fee for initial certification is $50 for one scale or $60 for both the ECE and SA scales.

Updated materials will be posted in the certification section of the website June 1.

Institute Workgroups Conduct SWOT Analysis, Move to Strategies. Four Institute workgroups composed of early educators and partners from across the state engaged in a six month strategic planning effort to identify next steps in advancing the education, compensation and professional recognition of the NC early childhood workforce. The workgroups composed of diverse early educators and stakeholders from across the state include Compensation, Higher Education, Professional Development (non-credit opportunities) and Advancing the Education of the Workforce are now moving on to strategy development

NC Justice Center Analysis

The NC Justice Center recently published an analysis of early educator wages across our state, providing evidence that the low wages of our workforce keep a majority of educators in such a state of poverty that they cannot afford to live on the wages they earn. Learn more by clicking here.

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2017 NCaeyc 64th Annual Conference Registration Scholarships

The 2017 NCaeyc 64th Annual Conference is fast approaching. NCaeyc is offering twenty (20) Conference Registration Scholarships for the 2017 Conference to be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on September 14-16, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

As a criteria for scholarship acceptance, you must be a current member of NCaeyc. If you are not a current member and are interested in applying for a Conference Registration Scholarship you can join or renew your membership by visiting our website at or the NAEYC website at .

Please visit our website for full Conference details and to complete the scholarship application. Click on the Conference tab and from the dropdown select the tab titled Presenters, Scholarships, Volunteers and Vendors . Under scholarship, click on the link Conference Scholarship Application . A committee consisting of NCaeyc Board members will review the applications and assign points based on the answers provided. Scholarship applicants will be notified by email by Friday, June 16, 2017.

Applications must be completed and submitted no later than Friday, June 2nd.

Lean In and Learn Webinar

On November 15, 2016, the Institute, in collaboration with UNC Wilmington, held a Lean In and Learn Virtual Webinar to inform the field of The National Academy of Medicine s Report Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce for Children Birth through Eight. The information presented summarizes some of the the report findings and provides an update of where we are and the continued work of the Institute to advance the field in NC. Click here for a recording of the webinar.

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has released the Early Childhood Workforce Index . It represents the first effort to establish a baseline description of early childhood employment conditions and policies in every state and to track progress on a state-by-state basis to improve early childhood jobs. Providing states with periodic appraisals of their efforts, based on measurable status and policy indicators, is aimed at encouraging states to step up their efforts to address these persistent workforce challenges and at supporting related advocacy efforts.

We can all lift our voices to share the need for early educators to earn a worthy wage.

Check Out Career Videos. Sandhills Community College has released a set of College to Career videos, featuring Early Childhood Department students who have pursued degrees, articulated credits into four-year and graduate degrees, entered from home school settings. Click here .

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