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Our NCLCCA Accomplishments

 

NCLCCA has played a role in many issues that impact providers, including:

 

  • NCLCCA worked to get the NC legislature to make the costly, burdensome Early Educator Certification no longer mandatory. 
  • We recommended the lowering of the point ranges for earning stars when the system converted from the three-component rated license to the two.
  • We continually bring NC Pre-K payment policy discrepancies to the attention of leaders, resulting in policy revisions to make processes more reasonable for everyone.
  • We have worked to bring more provider voices to the Child Care Commission meetings so the discussions of rule changes have become more reality-based.
  • We successfully asked for rating scale assessment policies to be changed so that low scoring classrooms could be reassessed without having to reassess every classroom.  
  • We have a growing number of legislators coming to us for feedback on issues within the early education system in our state.
  • As the only organization fighting against SEEK (swipe system for children and families enrolled in subsidy), NCLCCA devoted much time and energy to convey challenges from the parent and the provider perspectives.  The SEEK system was eliminated.
  • We worked to correct a couple of subsidy policy issues that were changed by the legislature so that parents of school age children in the subsidy program didn’t have to pay a 100% co-pay and a change that restored some income protections for non-parent relative caretakers. 
  • We pushed to have CPR training approved for two years, instead of one year, to be in line with the national standard.
  • We have asked for and received clarifications and solutions for individual members – dozens of times – when providers were not comfortable asking DCDEE or DSS on their own.
  • We prevented the rule change that would have required you to have current photos of every child on the vehicle every time you transport them.
  • We investigated a situation where a licensing consultant was asking directors to complete a staff spreadsheet EVERY SIX MONTHS and found that consultants are not allowed to require providers to do that.
  • We were successful in delaying approval of the Emergency Preparedness & Response (EPR) rules.  While the process still has flaws, it would have been disastrous if it had become mandatory when the Division originally tried to implement it. 
  • We brought to the surface discrepancies between what NC’s Emergency Preparedness rules required and what was being taught to child care center administrators.  This resulted in clarifications to trainers and changes in written materials.
  • We uncovered the option to make the EPR training a one-day training when it was being promoted as a two-day training.
  • We worked with several advocacy groups in opposing federal overtime rule changes that would have led to an increase in parent tuition rates. The new rule was ultimately overturned in court as a result of this opposition effort.

 

What will NCLCCA do for you if you join?

 

NCLCCA will continue to be proactive to ensure fair and consistent regulation for the child care industry.  We will keep you updated on the following challenges that we currently are facing:

  • Did you know there are pockets of people in NC who want to RAISE the staff education requirement?
  • Did you know there are components of a new rated license structure on the horizon?  We have been outspoken about the challenge of adopting an entirely new system and the THOUSANDS of people in all aspects of the early education system who would need to be retrained.
  • Did you know that the new rated license system is looking at potentially requiring things such as:
  • Keeping one teacher from infants through age 3
  • Requiring at least five of the following: health insurance, retirement, paid planning time, 6+ sick days, 8+ paid holidays, 10+ paid vacation days or a salary schedule shared with staff
  • Parent Involvement/Advisory Council Board that meets 2-4 times a year
  • Parent/teacher conferences at least once a year
  • Did you know there are several states working with North Carolina to create a tool that will replace the Environment Rating Scales?   The ERS tools may not be ideal, but we should think very carefully before we adopt a whole new scale when minor changes could be made to how the ERS is used in NC and result in a satisfactory outcome as well as less upheaval to the system.
 
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