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Revisiting CCSA’s Strategic Plan – The First 18 Months

In 2021, CCSA’s Board of Directors adopted a three-year strategic plan with a new mission and a first-ever vision and set of core values, all of which are found here. Focused both externally on the ECE workforce and building awareness and internally on our infrastructure and systems, its goals include:

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A Growing Legacy with Dionne Blackwell

Dionne Blackwell, the Director and Owner of Growing Legacy Early Learning Center, has been in the child care field for 14 years. What began as a summer job turned into “a passion and a motivator,” leading her to earn a degree in early childhood education. Dionne says that Child Care

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Incentivizing Education and Quality: I am WAGE$ with Stephanie Marshall

“WAGE$ makes me want to keep going with my coursework. I love what I do, but there is not a lot of money in it. WAGE$ is an incentive to do it, to keep going because there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. My supplement increases with more classes. Who doesn’t like getting more money for more education when that coursework also helps change your life? You have education and you have money. It is a win-win. I don’t want to lose my supplement. It’s a big incentive.”

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Post Federal Continuing Resolution Funding: Need to Invest in Child Care

October 1 marks the start of the new federal fiscal year (FY2023). As has been customary over the past decade or longer, Congress has not approved individual appropriation bills that fund federal agencies and the programs they administer before the start of the fiscal year. Therefore, as in past years, Congress has approved a continuing resolution to keep programs operating and, in some cases, to provide additional funding rather than freeze current spending.

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Child Care Services Association Adds New T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship for Early Childhood Apprentices

Child Care Services Association’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Program announces its newest scholarship opportunity, the Associate Degree Scholarship for Early Childhood Apprentices. This scholarship was developed with the guidance and support of NC’s Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) to uniquely support the educational and experiential needs of apprentices statewide working in licensed programs that are participating in a Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program.

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Shaping Healthy Lives: Gardening Connections

When working with young children it is so very important to be flexible in your teaching. When you allow them to influence and guide their own learning, wonderful things can happen!

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