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Breaking News! CCDBG Gets Reauthorized

A bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG), according to a press release from the Education and Workforce Committee.

This is great news for Nevada as the Child Care and Development Block Grant provides funds that go directly towards programs like Nevada's Child Care Subsidies and the Nevada Silver State Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System. The law had previously not been reauthorized since 1996.

Read the full bill.
 

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Federal Reserve Backs Child Care

Interesting read in today's ExchangeEveryDay article published by the Child Care Exchange:

The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Jeffrey Lacker, recently made these observations in a

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Tenth Anniversary Membership Recognition

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Each month during our 10th anniversary year we are offering new ways for members to participate in the celebration. For the month of August, we are recognizing active members who have visited our Facebook page and liked one of our...

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Support Nevada's Children

Do you have a facebook, tumblr or twitter profile?

If so, we need your support! Strong Start Nevada has created a thunderclap post to raise awareness of Children's Day on September 22, 2014. In order for the post to get "tipped" and go viral we need at least 100 supporters...

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NAEYC Statement on Humanitarian Crisis

Message forwarded from NAEYC...

Dear NAEYC Members,

The greatness of a nation is defined by how it treats children, particularly the most vulnerable.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is deeply concerned about the current humanitarian crisis of the estimated 60,000 to 90,000 children, some very young,...

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Child Care and the White House Summit on Working Families

Message forwarded from the Administration for Children and Families Office of Child Care:

This week the White House held a Summit on Working Families for a national conversation about how we can create workplace policies that give modern American families the best chance to succeed at work and home. The summit focused on Fighting for Working Families:...

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Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an anti-crime organization of nearly 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors who take a hard look at the research about what prevents kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policymakers and the general public.

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Worthy Wage Day 2014

Today, May 1, is Worthy Wage Day. The text below by Office of Child Care Director Shannon Rudisill was written for a blog entry posted by both the American Federation of Teachers and Administration for Children and Families.
 
One of the great pleasures of my job is meeting early childhood...

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Today is Nevada's Big Give

Join thousands of Nevadans in supporting your favorite charities through the online fundraiser, Nevada's Big Give. By joining together and supporting Nevada nonprofits during 24 hours of online giving, you are helping to make an extraordinary impact in our state.  Additionally, your donation provides your favorite organization...

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Strong Start for Children Campaign Kick-Off

An Invitation from First Lady Kathleen Sandoval

You are invited to attend the kick-off of the statewide Strong Start Nevada campaign on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Click here for more details.

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Join NevAEYC for Public Policy Day 2014

Don't miss this year's Public Policy Day - "Creating a Strong Start for Nevada’s Children: The Role of Early Childhood Professionals!"

When: April 17, 2014
Where: Bally's Casino, Las Vegas

The purpose of the Public Policy Day session is to inform and empower attendees with knowledge that supports Early Childhood Education and improvements to the field. This includes information...

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Spotlight on Teacher Wages

The Child Care Exchange recently highlighted a Letter to the Editor of Exchange from Valora Washington, CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition. Here is an excerpt of what she had to say:  

"After watching President Obama’s recent State of the Union address in which he mentioned early childhood education...

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Breaking News: Senate Passes Child Care Reauthorization

A message from Child Care Aware of America:


Because of your tremendous advocacy, Senators from across the aisle just voted to reauthorize the S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

This is a huge win for working families in this country.  This bill contains...

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Urge Your Senators to Vote YES to Reauthorize CCDBG

A message from Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning - National Women's Law Center:    

Ready for a win on child care?  
Call 202-224-3121 and urge your Senators to vote YES to reauthorize CCDBG.  

Very soon your Senators will vote to reauthorize...

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Attention High Quality ECE Programs in Southern Nevada

The Children's Advocacy Alliance is looking for high quality, outcome-driven early childhood education programs in Southern Nevada!
 
In an effort to support expansion of early learning opportunities for children in Southern Nevada, and eventually throughout the State, several organizations have come together to explore alternative options for financing outcome-driven, high-quality programs...

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Wendy Whipple Scholarship

The Nevada Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is sponsoring the Wendy Whipple Scholarship for Excellence in Professional Practice!

The Wendy Whipple Scholarship for Excellence in Professional Practice will be awarded to a Nevada resident who is practicing professional and whose primary role is serving young children with special needs and their families. The scholarship recipient will receive...

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Notice of Meetings for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

A message from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families:

TITLE: Notice of Meetings for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
 
AGENCY: Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
 
ACTION: Notice of public meetings via webinar...

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Strong Start Nevada January 2014 Newsletter

Strong Start Nevada is a community outreach campaign aimed at mobilizing parents, educators, advocates, community and business leaders to make quality early childhood education a priority in the State. Early childhood experiences, good or bad, lay the foundation for later success. Young children who are exposed to high quality early learning – at...

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Early Childhood Education Wins in 2014 Appropriations Bill

Forwarded from the Children's Advocacy Alliance:

Yesterday, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee unveiled the fiscal year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The bill should be voted upon in the next several days and would offer a significant investment in early childhood education. According to Helen...

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The Affordable Care Act Webinar: What Early Care and Education Providers Need to Know

ACF Webinar Announcement: The Affordable Care Act Webinar: What Early Care and Education Providers Need to Know

Presented by the Administration for Children and Families

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

1:00-2:30 PM EST/10:00 AM-11:30 AM PST

More than 1 million home and center-based teachers and caregivers who currently do not have health insurance may be impacted by new health...

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Children's Advocacy Alliance December 2013 Newsletter

The Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) is a community-based nonprofit advocacy organization that aims to build consensus around priorities and create change in policy and practice.  CAA collects, analyzes and shares research and information with people who make decisions impacting Nevada’s children and families and believe...

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Breaking News: New Early Learning Bill

An important message from:
Helen Blank
Director of Child Care and Early Learning
National Women's Law Center

Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. This bill is an important bipartisan step in ensuring...

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Share Your Early Childhood Education Story

The Children’s Advocacy Alliance is looking for parents, teachers, business leaders and children who want to share their stories or opinions about the importance of early childhood education. Learn more about how to get involved.

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Voters Show Overwhelming Support for Early Childhood

An Important Message from the First Five Years Fund:

The results are in! American voters know now what early learning advocates have known for years: if we want our children to have a strong start in life, we need the country to make serious investments in early childhood education, and we need to make them now.

The First Five Years Fund is delighted to

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Grow America Stronger Early Childhood Initiative

Quality early childhood education from birth to five helps families raise stronger children and grow a more prosperous America. Sign a petition to improve early childhood programs across the nation.

Learn more about Grow America Stronger

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Defending Worthy Wages

ExchangeEveryDay
July 12, 2013 

The Australian government recently acted upon a "Big Steps Campaign" led by early childhood educators and announced the establishment of a Pay Equity Unit to investigate the lifting of wages across the early childhood education and care sector.  The legislation provided $300 million to fund professional wages in the sector. Watch a <...

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Press Release from the White House: Increased Access to High-Quality ECE

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2013

The President believes we need to equip every child with the skills and education they need to be on a clear path to a good job and the middle class. That education has to start in the earliest possible years to prepare our children for later success in school and in life...

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The Importance of Early Investments in Prekindergarten

Far too many children in Nevada show up on the first day of kindergarten already behind their peers. Fortunately, it’s clear what needs to be done: invest in high-quality early care and education in the years before kindergarten. And that’s exactly what’s being planned through current efforts at both the state and federal level.

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Governor Sandoval Adds Millions to Education

For Immedidate Release:
Monday, May 13, 2013

Contact:
Mary-Sarah Kinner
(775) 684-5667 

CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval today announced that as a result of the Economic Forum projections, he is proposing to increase funding for English language learners and class size reduction in kindergarten. br>

“In...

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AB 109 Hearing, Tuesday, April 30, 2013

AB 109 will be heard before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources tomorrow afternoon (4/30/13) at 3:30pm.  The hearing will be video-conferenced to Las Vegas at the Grant Sawyer Building for those individuals in the South who would like to attend.  Two amendments were made to this bill in the Assembly that were passed out of committee:

1. Section 1 - Director...

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The President’s Early Learning Initiative

Please read this important message from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

The beginning years of a child’s life are critical for building the foundation needed for success later in school and in life.  Leading economists agree that high-quality early learning programs can help level the playing...

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Legislative Hearing Friday, March 29, 2013

The Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services will be voting on several bills that you may be interested in.  The agenda for the meeting is attached and a list of relevant bills is provided below.

  • AB79 - Revises provisions relating to early childhood education programs.
  • AB93 - Makes various changes concerning investigations...

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Call to Action by the Children's Advocacy Alliance

Message from the Children's Advocacy Alliance - March 24, 2013

Dear Children’s Advocacy Alliance Supporters and Advocates,

As you are aware, the CAA has been closely watching a few bills being presented to the Legislature this Session.  One of those that we are monitoring is Assembly Bill 109 (AB109).  AB109...

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ALERT - Big Funding Decision in Senate - Email Now!

NAEYC CHILDREN'S CHAMPIONS ALERT - MARCH 21, 2013

ALERT: Big Funding Decision in Senate – Email Now!

Today or tomorrow, the Senate will vote on a budget resolution that is a blueprint for future investments, including early childhood education. Known as the Murray Budget, for Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington State, the budget proposal would:

  • Eliminate the sequester...

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2012 Nevada Child Care Demographics Fact Sheet

The Children’s Cabinet’s 2012 Child Care Demographics Fact Sheet is now available! This fact sheet provides data on the need, supply, affordability, and quality of child care and out-of-school time (OST) programs in Nevada and can be useful in advocacy and policy making efforts. County-level data on child care...

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Early Childhood Bill AB-109 Introduced in the Assembly

AB109 (BDR 38-271) revises the qualifications and training required for certain persons who operate or are employed by a child care facility. The bill was introduced in the Assembly on Feb 13, 2013 by Assemblymen Bobzien, Elliot, Anderson, Kirkpatrick, Eisen, and Diaz and joint sponsors Senators Denis and Smith. 

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Early Childhood a Priority in State of the Union Address

President Obama made early childhood education a major part of his State of the Union last night.  If you missed the speech, watch his remarks about high quality early childhood education!

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2013 State of the State Address

Did you miss Governor Sandoval's 2013 State of the State Address on January 16, 2013? No problem, read the full address here!

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The Fiscal Cliff and Funding Cuts

The Fiscal Cliff Impacts You and Early Childhood Education—Learn More and Take Action

Right now, Congress and the White House are negotiating funding (known as the "Fiscal Cliff")—and it matters to child care, Head Start, early intervention, schools, nutrition, and other basic needs for children and families. Use the policy...

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Children’s Week At The Legislature

Children's Week at the Legislature will be held April 1-4, 2013.

Help make children’s issues a priority during the 2013 Legislative session by getting involved!

  • Join the planning committee! Contact Denise Tanata Ashby or Amanda Haboush (information listed below) if you want to help plan the activities throughout the week.
  • Have an organizational table during...

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Highlight on Child Care Issues

Child Care Aware® of America has joined forces with Parents Magazine to urge Congress to focus on the national child care crisis, launching a letter-writing campaign that will advocate for minimum protections for children in care. "The Child-Care Crisis," an article in the December issue...

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Save the Date! NevAEYC Public Policy Event

Raising the Roof for Children's Issues in Nevada 3.0 

The Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC) will be hosting an Advocacy Forum on December 1st, 2012 (the forum will be video conferenced in Reno and Las Vegas) with featured speaker Ron Haskins; senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the...

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Make Children Our #1 Priority!

The Children's Movement of Florida has developed a wonderful advocacy video called, "I Am Florida". The video contains a powerful message aimed at making children the No. 1 priority for lawmakers and decision-makers. 

Watch the video now.

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The State of Child Care Assistance in Nevada

NAEYC's Children's Champions Update: October 17, 2012

Did you know? Child care assistance policies – reimbursement rates, family co-pay, and eligibility for assistance – are set by states even though most of the funding is federal. A new state-by-state report from The National Women's Law Center (NWLC),

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Making Child Care a Priority in Upcoming Election

Join a free webinar hosted by Child Care Aware of America to get tips on how to engage in conversations about child care in the upcoming election and learn why your vote is important.

What: How to Make Child Care a Priority in this Election
When: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

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Federal Funding Increases for Early Childhood for FY 2013

News from the National Women's Law Center:

Today the Senate Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $160 million increase for CCDBG, $90 million of which will go towards workforce training and professional development, with the remaining $70 million targeted to access – increasing the number of families served and improving rates. The subcommittee also...

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Your Calls Made a Difference!

NAEYC CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS UPDATE
May 18, 2012
 
The U.S. Senate considered and rejected motions to proceed for three budget proposals authored by Republican Senators (Toomey, Paul and Lee), all of which would have led to (if enacted) large cuts in child care (assistance for families, money for child care program improvements); Head Start and Early Head Start; and K-12 and...

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NAEYC Children's Champion Policy Update

ALERT: U.S. SENATE VOTES TODAY ON A BUDGET THAT WOULD SLASH CHILD CARE, HEAD START AND OTHER FUNDS
 
A two-minute call is all you need to do — but you won’t be “heard” if you do not make the call. Find out how below.
 
Today, the United States Senate will take up several budget proposals, all of which would lead, if enacted, to large cuts in child care...

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Help Put Child Care on the Map!

The National Women's Lobby is launching a campaign to "Put Child Care on the Map", and they need your help to do it!

In the coming months, Members of Congress will be in their state and district offices many times. This is a critical issue and a golden opportunity for early childhood professionals to join together to elevate the importance of child care. Want to participate? They...

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Learn More About Advocacy!

Do  you have an interest in advocating for issues important you, your family, your friends or the field that you operate in but don't know how? Would you like to gain the necessary skills to strengthen your voice and to effectively engage with the media? Want to learn firsthand how the legislative process works in Nevada? If so, register to attend an upcoming Advocacy Forum to learn more!</...

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Advocacy 101

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, advocacy is defined as the "act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal".  More simply stated; advocacy is about speaking up to represent your family, or particular groups, on specific issues.

The "Families in Action Advocacy Guidebook", published by The Chidren...

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Who is the Early Care and Education Workforce?

The Early Care and Education industry supports an estimated 5 million jobs nationwide. Of this total, 2.3 million work with children under the age of five. Read an important fact sheet published by the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance Center about the Early...

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2011 Summary of Legislation

The Nevada Legislature has prepared a publication called the "Summary of Legislation" which is a compilation, by topic area, of every bill passed during the 2011 Legislative Session. The publication contains user-friendly bookmarks so you can easily navigate to the section(s) of interest...

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AB-546 Vetoed by Governor Sandoval

AB546 was vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 15, 2011, who stated that, "Such a standard sets a new, overly high bar for small businesses in the childcare industry. The cost of this annual training would either be passed through to consumers, many of whom cannot afford to pay more for their childcare, or born by employees, many of whom work for relatively...

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AB-546 Heard by the Senate

Assembly Bill 546 was heard on the Nevada State Senate floor today and has been directed to the Senate Finance Committee. A hearing date has not yet been set. Contact the following committee members with your feedback:

State of Nevada Senate Committee on Finance

Steven Horsford

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Update on Assembly Bill 546

AB-546 that “makes various changes to provisions governing early childhood care and education” was passed by the Assembly over the weekend and will be heard by the Senate and possibly the Finance and/or Education Committee ...

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AB-546 Hearing Saturday, May 21, 2011!

AB-546 will be heard by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee 05/21/11!

Meeting Information:

  • 9:00 AM  - Assembly Ways and Means
  • Room 3137 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
    Videoconferenced to 4401 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.&nbsp...

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Amended Early Childhood Assembly Bill 546

Assembly Bill 546, which makes various changes to provisions governing early childhood care and education, was presented before the Assembly Committee on Education on April 6, 2011. A second hearing to amend the bill was held on April 15, 2011. To read the revised language, visit the ...

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Early Childhood Bill AB-546

BDR 38-739 (AB-546) makes various changes to provisions governing early childhood care and education, including the establishment of the Early Childhood Council, requiring certain types of training for child care providers and includes an increase to the number of required child care training hours. Read the entire bill.

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2011 Legislative Bill Draft Tracking

The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through research, advocacy and other specialized services. The goals of NICRP include:

  • Conducting research and reporting on children's issues;
  • Provide information that will advance children...

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