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  1. 2010 Law and Rule Updates Review of New Legislation and Child Care Requirements Presented by the NC Division of Child Development

  2. Types of Changes • Child Care Laws • NC General Assembly • Child Care Rules • NC Child Care Commission Packets with summary of rule changes mailed to licensed centers in September Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  3. NC General Statutes • Nutrition Standards • Responsible Individuals List • Early Educator Certification Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  4. Nutrition Standards Asked Commission to consider rules: • Limiting sweetened beverages • Limiting juice from a bottle • Require reduced fat milk • For children over 2 years of age Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  5. Nutritional Resources www.mypyramid.gov Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  6. Responsible Individuals List • Managed by DSS • Serious abuse or neglect substantiations • Names on former list cleared Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  7. Early Educator Certification Recognizes and Validates the Educational Accomplishments of Early Educators • Required for all teaching Staff • Current Staff by July 1, 2012 • Staff Hired after October 1st within 60 days of employment GS 110-91(8a) Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  8. Early Educator Certification • Two Standardized Scales • Early Care and Education Professionals • School Age Professionals • 14 Levels (includes Para-Professional) • Required renewal every 3 or 5 years Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  9. Early Educator Certification The Benefits: • Centralized source of workforce data • Incentive to continue education • Professionalism • Keeps NC current with other states • Tangible benefits through EEC Rewards Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  10. Early Educator Certification How to Apply: • NC Institute for Child Development Professionals [Application form] • Official Transcript • Check or Money Order October – December 2010, fee is Half Price! Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  11. Early Educator Certification Certifying Agency: http://ncicdp.org PO Box 959, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-942-7442 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  12. NC Child Care Requirements: Definition Changes • Basic School Age Care [BSAC] Training • First Aid Kits • Health Care Professionals • Track Out Programs Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  13. Records • Annual update of emergency information • Written notice of administrative actions and substantiated abuse and neglect complaints • Arrival and departure records Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  14. Electronic Record Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  15. Staff/Child Interactions Staff shall relate to children in Positive ways… For example, staff shall: • Make eye contact • Engage in children’s conversations • Help children develop problem-solving skills • Provide positive reinforcement • Encourage efforts • Recognize accomplishments CCR .0501 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  16. NC Outdoor Learning Environment Alliance A statewide collaborative initiated by the NC Office of Early Learning and the NC Division of Child Development created to improve the quality of outdoor environments and experiences for all children throughout the state Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  17. Activity Schedule: Outdoor Play All Children must play outside at least once per day • Under 2 years of age – 30 minutes • Two years of age and older – 1 Hour CCR .0508 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  18. Weather Permitting Outdoor play is only required when Weather Conditions Permit • Child Care Weather Watch Chart • Air Quality Index Chart • No active precipitation CCR .0102 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

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  21. Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale www.poemsnc.org Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  22. Activity Plan and Areas • Daily Gross Motor activity • Indoors or Outdoors • Special Interest Activity Centers weekly • Music/Movement • Sand/Water • Science/Nature CCR .0508 & .0510 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  23. Activity Plan Infants and toddlers must have their physical development promoted • Varied Gross Motor Activities • Listed on activity plan • Daily basis • Limited use of High Chairs, Swings, and Carrier/Bouncy Seats CCR .0508 and .0511 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  24. Activity Areas: Screen Time The amount of Screen Time for children must be limited CCR .0510 & .0511 • Under 2 years of age • NONE • 2 years of age & older • 2 1/2 hours/week Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  25. Screen Time Screen Time Includes: • Television • Video • Video Games • Computer CCR .0510 & .0511 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  26. Screen Time Screen Time must: • Only be offered as a free-choice activity • Used to meet a developmental goal • Be monitored CCR .0510, .0511 & .2508 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  27. First Aid kit Basic Items Accessibility No Medications Firearms and ammunition CCR .0604 General Safety Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  28. Accommodations for breastfeeding mothers Provide seating and electrical outlet Shielded from view of staff and public Cannot be located in a bathroom CCR.0901 Breastfeeding Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  29. School Age Care: Track-Out A track-out program that operates all four tracks for more than four hours per day must be licensed. CCR .2502 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  30. School Age Care: Activities School age children must participate in the planning and implementation of their daily activities • Help with lesson plans • Assist with directed activities or transition times • Documentation CCR .2508(b) Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  31. Activities - School Age Children School age children’s activities must come from 12 broad categories • Career Development • Community Awareness • Creative Arts • Cultural Activities • Games or Manipulatives • Academic Enrichment CCR .2508(c) Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  32. Activities - School Age Children School age children’s activities must come from 12 broad categories CCR .2508(c) • Homework Assistance • Reading • Sand/Water Play • Social/Life Skills • Physical Activities • Technology Skill-building Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  33. Implementation • New Programs • August 2010 • Existing Programs • TA on visits now • January 2011 Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  34. Other News Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting

  35. For More Information www.ncchildcare.net 1-800-859-0829 Your Child Care Consultant Division of Child Development Director’s Meeting