As a teaching professional, Chatiba Bullock truly values her education and credits her continuous path to being a lifelong learner. “In order for me to motivate my teachers and team members, it’s important for them to see me working,” said Chatiba.
Chatiba works as Education Manager for Durham Head Start/Early Head Start while also furthering her early childhood development degree. She first began as an assistant teacher, quickly moved up to lead teacher and went on further to serve in the leadership position of center director.
Chatiba is also a Child Care WAGE$® recipient. “I really like WAGE$ because it gives you an incentive to keep learning,” she said. “The WAGE$ program really was [integral] in motivating me as an educator to want more and better myself.”
“I received an associates in early childhood education from Durham Tech Community College in 2005 and I went on to North Carolina Central University where I received my bachelor’s in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child development in 2008,” Chatiba said. She didn’t stop there. “I received my Master’s in education in 2014 from Ashford University and then received some post-graduate certifications from Walden University in teacher leadership and childhood administration.
It wasn’t always Chatiba’s plan to work in early childhood education. Out of high school, she began as a business major. “It wasn’t until in ‘99, I started working at the Early Learning Center through the YMCA, they had their own child care center and I took on a part-time job as a floater, and I loved early childhood education,” Chatiba said.
While there, Chatiba realized something. “Working with kids and going to school for business, it just didn’t mesh. I like working with kids and I need to learn more about children,” she said.
“[My favorite part of being an educator is] the correlation between children and families. I think it’s actually working with children and families to help them understand the importance of education and how they can foster that love at home with their kids,” said Chatiba.
Her teaching style is shaped by “letting [the children] be the teacher and I’m the facilitator. I like to build lessons when I’m in the classroom. I’m not in the classroom as much anymore, but when I’m helping teachers understand their teaching style, my teaching style basically is the child’s interests and helping teachers facilitate that in their classroom,” said Chatiba.
Jennifer Gioia, Communications Manager at Child Care Services Association
1, 2020, is Census Day
The Census is your chance to make sure your
community counts. Participating in the Census will help make sure your
community over the next 10 years receives:
Fair representation in Congress;
Financial resources for health,
schools, transportation and more; and
Help for information leaders to
plan your community’s future. 
More than $5 billion of North Carolina’s
federal funding for children’s services is at stake in the census, so it’s
critical to get the count right. That’s about $1,600 for each person in federal
funding for the state. 
However, in the 2010 Census, nearly 1 million children (4.6% of children under the age of 5) were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, children under age 5 are one of the largest groups of undercounted people in the United States.  If missed in the Census, young children in hard to count communities also stand to suffer the most from reductions in funding to vital programs. 
People of color
Non-native English speakers
“Complex” families  (for
example, those with multiple generations of a family, unrelated families living
together and blended or foster families.) 
In North Carolina, 950,000 residents live in a
hard-to-count community,  leaving 73,000 young children at risk
of being missed in the 2020 Census. 
Nearly 1 in 5 of America’s infants are growing up in poverty, putting them at a greater risk to fall behind their peers in language development, reading proficiency, and experience learning disabilities and developmental delays. It is critical to invest in programs such as Early Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant that ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive. 
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Tell the people in your life who care for children 5 and under to count every child in the 2020 Census on April 1.
Because census results help determine where
federal funds are distributed for programs that are important for children, an
accurate count can shape a child’s future for the next decade and beyond. It’s
important to count young children now so they have the resources they need as
they grow up. It all begins with responding to the 2020 Census. 
by Jennifer Gioia, CCSA Communications Manager
In October 2016, Michelle Roach received a
call on a Tuesday morning—she would be fostering Jordan, a 6-day-old baby. “I
wasn’t really prepared for actually searching for [child care],” Michelle said.
“I’m a solo parent, so it was a big adjustment to do that, and as soon as he
came into the home, we had a clock ticking. We had eight weeks at home with him
and then he needed to find somewhere to go during the day.”
Parents often need a place to start as they begin their child care search. This is where Child Care Services Association’s Child Care Referral Central comes in. Child Care Referral Central is a trusted resource for families looking for child care, helping them find care based on their needs and providing information and resources at their request.
“We are in a unique position to link families,
child care providers and the community together, so that parents can get all
their child care answers in one place,” said Christy Thalheimer, referral
manager at CCSA’s Child Care Referral Central.
“By going to Child Care Services Association,
it really did allow me to have one place where I could ask my questions,”
Michelle said. “I could get more information about both center-based [child
care] but also family-based [child care]. I was able to sit down with a counselor
and talk about what resources I had available to me, the subsidy through [the
Department of Social Services] and what was available in the community.”
CCSA’s referral counselors can walk a family
through all their child care options at each age of their children. From infant
care to after school care, CCSA’s Child Care Referral Central can provide the
tools families need to find the right child care for their children.
Often people see child care resource and
referral programs (CCR&Rs) as only available to families who are most at
risk due to poverty or special circumstances. While the Department of Social
Services (DSS) offers a Child Care Subsidy program that uses state and federal
funds to provide subsidized child care services to eligible families, finding
the right child care is an important piece of the work-life puzzle for every
family, no matter their income. Community members often ask if services are
only for those in financial need, but CCSA’s Child Care Referral Central is
available to every family in the nine-county area of Alamance, Caswell, Durham,
Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties.
Silvana Rodriguez was Michelle’s child care
counselor at Child Care Referral Central. She has been a counselor for more
than seven years.
“[Michelle] walked into the office…and then told me that she was a first time parent, she was going to receive an infant and she was nervous about the whole process,” Silvana said. “So, I answered all of her questions. She had several questions about the types of care, the differences between them, and then I did a [customized] search for her based on [her work and home addresses]…We talked about national accreditation and what
to look for, and then after that, we made a package for her with all the
different information that may be useful for her.”
“One of the things, it was so small but it helped me so much, was that all of that information was placed in one packet and handed to me,” Michelle said. “In the chaos of my life of having a newborn and figuring everything out, having this one place I could go back to with all the phone numbers and all the information about ratings and other really helpful things in one spot made something that could have been really overwhelming more manageable. I was able to periodically when I had the time, make phone calls, set up tours and narrow down where he ended up going between two really high-quality centers. I picked one that was closer to my work, and I was really happy with the results from that.”
Silvana loves helping families like
“That’s the thing that drives all us counselors because you can see the results when you follow up with them, and especially when they find a great quality place, and just going through their options and helping them navigate everything in terms of finding child care,” Silvana said.
“[CCSA’s Child Care Referral Central] made the
already challenging process of being a solo parent and figuring out the process
of DSS and foster care, and also just the challenge that every parent faces
when they have to go back to work, which is that you’re leaving your tiny human
being with other people, to really make that easier and to make me feel better
about that process and more comfortable with him being there and knowing that
he would be cared for in a reputable space,” Michelle said. “I didn’t have the
pressure of having to Google or guess. I had all that information in one spot,
and for me, that really made all the difference.”
Jordan turns three at the end of next month.
He’s is “graduating” from Early Head Start and will transition over to another
classroom in the same center mid-August. Michelle has thought about reaching
out to CCSA again to speak with a counselor about more child care options. “I’m
hoping to participate in the Universal Pre-K program next August,” Michelle
You can hear more about Michelle’s story by
watching the video below.