The Nevada Registry Blog
Posted June 26, 2014 at 01:00 PM by Shelly Nye
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: Strengthening Our Economy.
The summit convened business leaders, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, legislators, advocates, members of the media, and citizens for a discussion on issues facing the entire spectrum of working families—from low-wage workers to corporate executives and from young parents to baby boomers caring for their aging parents. The important efforts the President announced reflect our belief that we all have a role to play in changing our country’s workplace policies. In addition, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a new report: Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility.
The Administration for Children and Families worked with the White House and U.S. Department of Education to produce Supporting Working Families with Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education, a report on how child care and other early learning programs help our Nation’s families. The summit included important information on increasing access to affordable child care, with three highlighted areas:
• Promoting Access to Child Care for Workers in Job Training Programs
• Expanding Access to High-Quality Child Care
• Supporting High-Quality Early Education for All Children.
For more information about the White House Summit and the issues discussed, see the Working Families website or White House Fact Sheet.
Posted June 12, 2014 at 08:30 AM by Shelly Nye
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.
Posted May 1, 2014 at 02:15 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted April 25, 2014 at 08:45 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted April 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM by Shelly Nye
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.
Posted April 7, 2014 at 03:07 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted March 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted March 13, 2014 at 01:45 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted March 10, 2014 at 09:25 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted March 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted February 18, 2014 at 02:00 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted February 3, 2014 at 09:35 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted January 30, 2014 at 08:35 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted January 14, 2014 at 02:30 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted December 16, 2013 at 03:55 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted December 12, 2013 at 08:15 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted November 13, 2013 at 08:02 AM by Shelly Nye
An important message from:
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...
Posted August 30, 2013 at 08:10 AM by Shelly Nye
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.
Posted August 4, 2013 at 02:10 PM by Shelly Nye
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
Posted July 29, 2013 at 01:35 PM by Shelly Nye
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
Posted July 18, 2013 at 09:05 AM by Shelly Nye
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 <...
Posted June 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted June 6, 2013 at 08:58 AM by Shelly Nye
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.
Posted May 14, 2013 at 03:20 PM by Shelly Nye
For Immedidate Release:
Monday, May 13, 2013
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>
Posted April 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted April 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted March 28, 2013 at 01:24 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted March 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted March 21, 2013 at 09:45 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted March 19, 2013 at 04:21 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted February 20, 2013 at 04:25 AM by Shelly Nye
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.
Posted February 13, 2013 at 09:00 AM by Shelly Nye
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!
Posted January 23, 2013 at 09:29 AM by Shelly Nye
Did you miss Governor Sandoval's 2013 State of the State Address on January 16, 2013? No problem, read the full address here!
Posted December 6, 2012 at 01:55 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted November 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted November 26, 2012 at 08:00 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted November 9, 2012 at 01:00 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted October 25, 2012 at 09:28 AM by Shelly Nye
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.
Posted October 18, 2012 at 09:45 AM by Shelly Nye
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),
Posted October 18, 2012 at 09:13 AM by Shelly Nye
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.
Posted June 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted May 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted May 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted May 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted April 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM by Shelly Nye
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!</...
Posted January 27, 2012 at 08:31 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted November 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted June 16, 2011 at 08:00 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted June 2, 2011 at 02:20 PM by Shelly Nye
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
Posted May 31, 2011 at 02:00 PM by Shelly Nye
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 ...
Posted May 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Shelly Nye
AB-546 will be heard by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee 05/21/11!
- 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. ...
Posted April 21, 2011 at 01:00 PM by Shelly Nye
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 ...
Posted March 30, 2011 at 06:00 PM by Shelly Nye
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.
Posted March 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM by Shelly Nye
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...