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Savion Thorne

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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CCSA Newsletter
CCSA Staff

CCSA Communicates: Fall 2022 Edition

Read the latest edition of CCSA Communicates, where you can see all of our activity, successes and plans. Highlights from this edition include: A New Chapter for CCSA’s Leadership AWARD$ Becomes AWARD$ Plus New Birth to 3 Quality Initiative CCSA’s Board Member Highlight Durham Pre-K Governance Leadership National News and

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Savion Thorne

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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Savion Thorne

Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship Program: A Pathway to Build Competencies and Pay

In North Carolina and across the country, the child care industry is struggling to recruit and retain workers. It’s a tight labor market and child care programs report difficulty in paying wages that are competitive with other community employers (such as Target or Walmart or McDonalds). Unlike other local employers, child care programs are looking for individuals who have a passion for working with children and also have early childhood competencies important for a business based on promoting the healthy development of children.

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Child Care Services Association Announces New President to Start November 1

This fall, Child Care Services Association (CCSA)’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center (National Center) will launch a pilot apprenticeship program in six states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Arkansas Early Childhood Association, Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance of Colorado, Child Care Aware® of Minnesota, Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association, Pennsylvania Child Care Association and Wisconsin Early Childhood Association will work with the National Center to develop pilot apprenticeship programs.

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Savion Thorne

Appreciating AWARD$ Plus: Painting a Masterpiece

Union County toddler teacher LaTonya Pegues got her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education in her 40s, and she is proud that she went back to school and stuck with it. She said, “It was hard, but I did it! I have a son and two grandchildren. I’m a teacher

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CCSA Staff

Building a New Reality During the Pandemic: CCSA’s 2021 Annual Report

In this annual report, you will see the remarkable work child care providers have done to give children the stability and certainty they need during a time when instability still controls every aspect of our lives. You will also see the efforts of our great CCSA staff to continue their work with children, families and child care programs as we see through this pandemic.

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CCSA
CCSA Staff

An Historic Leap in Building a Better Future for Children and Families

Today the White House released the framework of the Build Back Better, a historic set of policies and investments in children and families. Child Care Services Association and its T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center applauds the framework released today that puts children’s and families’ health, economic security, and child care and preschool at the center of our national investments, reaping benefits for all of us. We call on Congress to get to the finish line and put this important legislation on the President’s desk as soon as possible as we continue to push for paid leave, a necessary component of child and family well-being. We urge states to apply for both the new child care and preschool programs that together build a better system of early learning. Children and families have waited long enough; let’s get to work to make the better future start now.

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CCR&R
Christy Thalheimer

It’s Never too Early to Advocate for your Child

By Katherine Toro Guerrero & Cecilia Gaytan Avila, Family Support PreK Being an advocate means knowing how to ensure that your child gets the help he or she needs to be successful. For children who experience learning difficulties, it’s never too early to start looking for ways to help them

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CCR&R
Christy Thalheimer

2023-2024 Pre-K Applications

When, where and how to Apply! NC Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) is the state-funded, part-day preschool program designed to provide at-risk four-year-old children with a quality early childhood education. Download a PDF with information on how to apply for NC Pre-K in your county. Information includes registration dates for the 2023-2024 school

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Initial PBC Steps for B-3QI

In August of this year the NC Infant Toddler Quality Enhancement Project, which offered technical assistance for child care providers serving infants and toddlers in all counties of the state, transitioned to become the new NC Birth-to-Three Quality Initiative (B-3QI). B-3QI is administered through Child Care Services Association as an activity of the statewide Child Care Resource & Referral Council and receives its funding from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. The initiative took a necessary five-month pause in normal service delivery to receive professional development training and to plan new offerings to meet the needs of NC birth-to-three providers.

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CCSA Staff

Investing in Early Childhood Education — Investing in the Economy

Child care demand continues to rise, but the workforce hasn’t fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. The early childhood education (ECE) workforce faces higher operating costs, minimal staff and increasing attrition rates. This leaves parents with fewer options for child care – the question becomes less what will be most beneficial for the child, but instead which facility has the shortest waitlist.

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CCSA
Savion Thorne

A Deep Impact on Children and Families: CCSA’s 2022 Annual Report

In this annual report, you will see the remarkable work child care providers have done to give children the stability and certainty they need during a time when instability still controls every aspect of our lives. You will also see the efforts of our great CCSA staff to continue their work with children, families and child care programs as we see through this pandemic.

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CCSA Staff

President Dr. Kristi Snuggs Begins Her Tenure at CCSA

Dr. Kristi Snuggs has officially joined us as Child Care Services Association’s (CCSA) new President, leading our staff and driving the overall vision of CCSA. Prior to this role, Dr. Snuggs was the Deputy Director of the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE). In this role, she

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