Region A Child Care Subsidy Roundtable Meeting - Thursday, June 11, 2015
Hello to the Region A Early Childhood Community !
Our next Region A Child Care Subsidy Roundtable, Meeting # 4, will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015. We are currently locating space and will send an additional e-mail with that information in a few days, as usual we will be looking for a central location, most likely in Macon or Jackson County. As suggested by our participants at previous meetings, our time will be 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. This project is sponsored by Region A Smart Start, the WNC Early Childhood Coalition and Southwestern Child Development Commission. We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.
Although, our group has not met in several months, we have been very active in Child Care Subsidy Issues. As each of you know, many changes have happened and are continuing to happen. Our agenda for the June, 2015 meeting will include these topics:
1. Legislative changes to Subsidized Child Care Policy
2. The ending of the SEEK Project by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education and information about the next expectations as North Carolina continues to transition to an electronic reimbursement system for the subsidized child care program.
3. Funding projections for Child Care Subsidy for State Fiscal Year 2015-16 - Waiting lists and "the freeze" !
4. Update from Smart Start, funding information and recent advocacy training efforts.
5. Re-authorization of the Federal Child Care Development Block Grant happened, for the first time in 18 years, in November, 2014 and NC is currently working on developing a new State Plan for these funds. We will discuss the many changes, which are very positive, and provide to you ways that you can have input into the state plan development.
As we continue to develop the agenda for the upcoming meeting, we invite you to send us your topics, issues or questions for inclusion on the agenda. As we have discussed a previous meetings, Child Care Subsidy is a complex program so remember that you can suggest a topic for presentation that you want to learn more about or you can bring forward an issue that is concerning to you or your program and you would like for our group to study possibilities for change.
In our earlier Subsidy Roundtable Meetings, we have been pleased with the participation from our community. We invite participation from all areas of our community, but especially from our child care provider community, community agencies who work with parents who use Child Care Subsidy, parents, and any early childhood professional who is interested in child care subsidy.
I look forward to talking with you about Child Care Subsidy Issues in Region A on Thursday, June 11, 2015 !
Sheila Hoyle, Executive Director
Southwestern Child Development Commission
PO Box 250
Webster, NC 28788
We are happy that you have visited our website to find out about early care and education in North Carolina. Southwestern Child Development, a private non-profit agency which has been in business since 1972, is dedicated to the provision of quality early care and education in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. SWCDC operates 4 and 5 star level and developmental day certified child care facilities in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood and Jackson Counties of North Carolina and provides early care and education support services in other counties in Western North Carolina.
Southwestern also provides dedication to the early care and education field by providing or coordinating child care resource and referral services in 13 counties (Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, and Transylvania Counites), by providing technical assistance to other child care providers, by providing training for child care providers, by contracting to provide child care subsidy services, by providing direct one on one intervention for children with special needs, by operating a Family Resource Center in Jackson County and by sponsoring other child care facilities on the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Southwestern’s dedication to Quality Early Care and Education is based on national research. Quality early care and education programs have proven successes nationwide. The High Scope Perry Preschool Project found that adults at age 40 who attended preschool program had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job, had committed fewer crimes, and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have preschool. “Quality child care has the capability of promoting trust, autonomy, and a true sense of happiness and well being in children. It can lead to positive social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development,” as found by the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Study Team, 1995. "Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on—by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime," President Obama said.
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