December 2, 2020
In This Issue:
Renewals... Coming soon!
Ready to renew your commitment to, or join, NCLCCA? Because we're tackling more than ever in 2021 and we'll need your support...
In 2021, we will focus on workforce issues, funding and sustainability - as well as more operational grants, bonuses, CBC delays, easing regulatory hurdles and more. Monthly webinars and enhanced communications are some of the additional ways we hope to better serve our members.
This year NCLCCA fought for NC's licensed child care providers to help you navigate through the pandemic. We've fought for operational grants, bonuses and the continuation of subsidy and NC Pre-K funding - plus helped to decipher complex health and safety guidance. To do all of this, we rely on membership dues and support - so watch for that next week. Thank you for your support - as members and advocates... we couldn't do it without you!
Bonus Funding Coming This Month - Teachers & Staff Must be Registered by Dec. 5!
The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) announced this morning (Dec. 2) that funding for teachers and staff bonuses for the months of November and December will be coming to licensed child care providers this month in two payments via direct deposit (no paper checks), including funding to cover payroll taxes. However, in order to receiving the first payment for bonuses covering November, providers must use the DCDEE "Emergency Provider Portal" to register their teachers and staff and record their November attendance by 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5th - only 3 days away! (Providers will access the Portal using their Business NCID.) Detailed instructions to assist providers with registering teachers and staff and recording and submitting attendance can be found online in the NC FAST Job Aid, beginning on page 14.
Who's eligible? - All teachers and staff in licensed child care programs who are working on-site, providing face-to-face services are eligible for the bonuses (private centers, family care homes, NC Pre-K, and Head Start). To help with employee retention, DCDEE is funding larger December bonuses for teachers/staff who stay with the same program for the two months (November-December).
Don't Miss Our Upcoming FREE Webinars!
Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act: Basics Every Child Care Owner Should Know
Tuesday, Dec. 8 @ 12-1pm, presented by Bert Brannen of Fisher Phillips
Starting next week, NCLCCA is bringing back webinars! The first few webinars will be free to all participants who register; starting in 2021 they will be free to NCLCCA members (and their staff) and available at a low cost to non-members.
Webinar #1 will help owners of child care centers understand the requirements of the new Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, including:
Our second webinar on 12/15, "Drive your enrollment with marketing," is geared to providers struggling with enrollment due to COVID. Now that prospective parents aren't allowed in centers, your brand has never been more important in telling your story. Thad Joiner, a child care center owner and the founder of Better Beans Branding, will provide tips for ensuring your business' values are conveyed to your desired audience in an effective and compelling way to attract new families to your center.
Find out more or register for either webinar while they are still FREE at https://www.nclcca.org/webinars/.
Reminder! Annual License Fees Due on Dec. 17
Don't forget that licensed child care programs' Annual License Fee is due on Dec. 17th. DCDEE sent invoices in early November and payments must be made online by Dec. 17th to prevent penalties, accrued interest and even an "Administrative Action." Fees are determined based on licensed capacity and no partial payments or payment plans are allowed.