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The Voice - July 10, 2015

Straight Talk Live…..Summer Tour 2015 Coming Soon!

We are very close to making announcements about the upcoming Straight Talk Live dates.  This is where NCLCCA comes to you, and we have a new program format this time!  We’ll still include valuable updates on the constantly-changing issues that are important to you, but we’ll also provide you with additional information that will help you be more successful on a daily basis.  

Watch your email inbox for an announcement within the next week or so!  We’ll be on the road from July 27th through August 18th. 

Summer Break for the NC General Assembly

This week has been quiet in Raleigh.  Our state House and Senate are on a “summer break” and will return on Monday, July 13.  Before they left a Continuing Resolution (CR) was passed, extending state government spending levels until August 14.

We anticipate that state budget “conferees,” or negotiators, from each chamber will be appointed to the budget “Conference Committee” once legislators return from their break on Monday.  We will share the list of conferees as soon as they are appointed.

Keep an eye on your email as we may be asking you to take action next week around some of our subsidy priorities.  If you have subsidy parents in your center who would be willing to write a letter sharing their challenges, please email us so we can get those going.

Curriculum Provision Update:

The Senate Regulatory Reform bill moved through the Senate Ag Committee last week without the provision requested by the Child Care Commission that would have helped the Commission overcome ongoing challenges related to review and approval of curricula used in NC Pre-K classrooms and all 4-yr-old classrooms in 4- and 5-star centers.  The curriculum provision had been removed from the bill before it received its committee hearing this week, which may end up being a good thing since the 50+ page Senate regulatory reform bill is very controversial and will likely see many revisions as it continues to move through the legislative process.

NCLCCA’s lobbying team and NCLCCA leaders continue to have conversations with legislators to address questions and concerns about the bill and to identify additional opportunities to move the curriculum "fix” forward this session.  We continue to be optimistic at this point. 

Child Care Development Block Grant Update:

North Carolina continues to work on the plan for implementing requirements of the recently reauthorized Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), even as the federal funders continue to work on how to give guidance to state leaders.

Part of the plan development will involve DCDEE holding statewide focus groups to help give input on the plan.  The goal would be to get stakeholder input on the three topics (Subsidy, Workforce/Professional Development, and Licensing/Health & Safety) prior to developing the plan as opposed to waiting for a public hearing later.  

There should be a meeting in your area soon, and when we learn dates and locations we will share them with you.  The timeline indicates the meetings will need to take place before October.

New Immunization Requirements

Effective July 1 there are new guidelines involving pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV), polio, varicella, and Tdap vaccines.  Download the memo and read more here. 

Next Child Care Commission Meeting Includes a Public Hearing

Mark your calendar for Monday, August 10, the next quarterly meeting of the Commission.  During this meeting there will be a public hearing for recommended rule amendments around the hours of operation for Developmental Day Centers as a minimum of 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, and 12 months per year.  This change is a result of a rulemaking petition that has been in process for a very long time.  

It seems that when requirements for Developmental Day were moved from the Division of Mental Health over to DCDEE, this was not addressed and it has allowed public school systems to offer Developmental Day services for only the school year, leaving special needs children without care in the summer and pulling children away from year-round, community-based programs.  NCLCCA supports the position of the NC Association of Directors of Developmental Day Centers (NCADD) on this issue.  Read more about the Public Hearing and the Proposed Rules here.

Monday, August 10, 2015
NC Child Care Commission Quarterly Meeting
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Nature Research Center
121 W. Jones St., Raleigh NC
4th floor William G Ross Conference Center

If your center is a certified Developmental Day program, please let us know so we can reach out to you as issues arise in the DD area. 

Save the Date for our 2015 Excellence in Leadership Conference!

Mark your calendar to join us at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord on November 4 & 5 for this year’s annual conference.   We know it can be a jungle out there, so let NCLCCA help you find SUCCESS in the jungle!

Receive free conference registration if you are selected to present a workshop!  Submit a proposal here. Submissions will be accepted through June 30th.

Exhibitors can now see information about Sponsorship Levels here

Thank you for your ongoing support of NCLCCA and the child care industry in NC!
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