News, Updates & Events
Posted November 6, 2019 at 05:16 PM by Shelly Nye
Childrens’ best advocates are parents, and the Strong Start for Children program is currently looking for parents who would like to be part of a group to help Nevada increase access to quality early learning experiences for families.
Ambassadors will receive:
- Specialized training on advocacy in Early Childhood;
- Opportunities to meet with state, federal, and other policy makers;
- A chance to go on a trip to Washington, D.C. for federal advocacy training and to meet federal representatives;
- A stipend for your time and participation; and
- An opportunity to network with a group of other parents passionate about children's issues.
Interested parents can learn more and complete a 12-question Strong Start for Children Parent Ambassador application at this link. Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
NAEYC Needs Your Feedback: Public Draft #2 of the Leveling of the Professional Standards and Competencies
Posted November 5, 2019 at 11:58 AM by Shelly Nye
The Power to the Profession Task Force recommended that the 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial and Advance Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs be explicitly positioned as the foundation for the standards and competencies of the unified early childhood education profession, with the specific expectations for the revision of these standards.
Since January 2018, a workgroup made...
Posted September 3, 2019 at 07:50 PM by Shelly Nye
Message fowarded from The National Power to the Profession Task Force:
“Our vision is that early childhood educators are members of a prepared, diverse, effective, equitable and well-compensated profession, and able to play a central role in defining and shaping that profession.”
Tell Us: What kinds of expectations...
Posted August 29, 2019 at 02:16 PM by Shelly Nye
2020 meeting dates for the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) have been set. All meetings begin at 9 am.
Remaining 2019 Meeting Dates
October 23, 2019
Posted August 27, 2019 at 01:40 PM by Shelly Nye
The Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) serves as an independent voice for Nevada’s children and families – dedicated to achieving public policy wins in the areas of child safety, health, and school readiness.
This legislative session, they worked diligently across party lines to propose a legislative agenda focused on creating lasting...
Posted August 6, 2019 at 05:40 PM by Shelly Nye
A message from NAEYC:
The Power to the Profession National Task Force is excited to share with you the next decision cycle draft for your review and response: Decision Cycles 7 + 8. These Decision...
Posted August 6, 2019 at 04:58 PM by Shelly Nye
An update from NAEYC:
As part of becoming a profession, early childhood educators working with children birth through age 8 across all settings must have shared knowledge and competencies. Decision Cycle 2 identified a process to establish a unified set of
Posted August 6, 2019 at 04:50 PM by Shelly Nye
An update from NAEYC:
In conjunction with their turn to Decision Cycle 7 and 8, NAEYC's Power to the Profession National Task Force is proud to share a revised
Posted July 29, 2019 at 12:17 PM by Shelly Nye
Have you heard about the National Association for Education for Young Children's (NAEYC) Power to the Profession? Power to the Profession is a two-year initiative to define the professional field of practice that unifies early childhood educators across all states and settings and aims to advance early childhood education...
Posted June 26, 2019 at 10:52 AM by Shelly Nye
The Children's Advocacy Alliance is in the process of creating a Storybook highlighting the importance of child care subsidy to share with state and national politicians. They are looking to highlight parents receiving subsidy assistance and providers who receive the subsidy reimbursements.
If you are a Parent and are willing to share your story, <...
Posted June 24, 2019 at 03:48 PM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council is Wednesday June 26, 2019 at 9:00 am. Please note the new address of the Department of Education in Las Vegas on the agenda below.
For additional meeting materials, please visit the NVECAC website</...
Posted June 11, 2019 at 12:16 PM by Shelly Nye
UNLV is working with the Nevada Department of Education to learn more about what parents with young children need!
They want to increase resources for young children such as access to early childhood care, education, health, and other resources in your community. They know that each community wants and needs different things, and want to make sure to hear directly from your community. This...
Posted May 21, 2019 at 08:27 AM by Shelly Nye
The Children’s Advocacy Alliance, in partnership with the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, tracks all of the legislation relating to Nevada’s children and families.
Update from Children's Advocacy Alliance:
The Nevada State Legislature's second house committee...
Posted April 8, 2019 at 06:55 PM by Shelly Nye
Two bills related to Pre-K will be heard at the Senate Committee on Finance meeting on Thurs 4/11 at 8 am. Click on the links below for more information.
Public comment is welcome. Please remember, public comment is limited...
Posted February 21, 2019 at 03:17 PM by Shelly Nye
The National Association for the Education's Power to the Profession project is a national collaboration aimed at defining the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge, and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation.
Their next set of draft recommendations is now available for input from the Early Childhood community. Known...
Posted February 20, 2019 at 10:04 AM by Shelly Nye
Please click on the link below to view the REVISED 2019 meeting schedule for the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (NECAC). There is a change in the April meeting date.
Please note: Locations may vary throughout the year, please check schedule below or the website for the locations: http://nvecac.com/
Posted February 12, 2019 at 11:19 AM by Shelly Nye
A message from the Office of Early Learning and Development:
Please see the agenda below for the Senate Committee on Education meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm. The topic of early childhood is on the agenda so it may be of interest. The meeting can be viewed live over the internet.
Posted January 2, 2019 at 07:55 PM by Shelly Nye
The 2019 Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council meeting dates have been scheduled. All meetings will begin at 9 a.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessamy Sevilla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted November 26, 2018 at 12:31 PM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 9:00 am.
Additional meeting materials can be found on the ECAC website under meeting information.
Posted July 24, 2018 at 11:53 AM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 9:00 am.
Additional meeting materials can be found on the ECAC website.
Posted June 25, 2018 at 06:06 PM by Shelly Nye
On Wednesday, June 27th, the Children's Advocacy Alliance will host the release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, its annual look at child well-being in the United States.
The annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains ─ economic well-being, education, family and community and health ─ as an assessment...
Posted April 25, 2018 at 03:17 PM by Shelly Nye
An additional meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (NECAC) has been scheduled for May 4, 2018 at 9:00 am.
Future meeting dates and additional information can be found on the website.
Posted March 22, 2018 at 08:17 AM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 9:00 am.
Additional meeting materials can be found on the ECAC website.
Posted March 8, 2018 at 02:39 PM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Legislative Committee on Education will focus on Early Childhood Education.
Thursday, March 15 at 10:30 am
Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4401
555 East Washington Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada
Videoconference conducted at the following location:
Legislative Building, Room 3138
401 South Carson Street
Posted September 26, 2017 at 03:46 PM by Shelly Nye
Upcoming meeting dates for the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (NV ECAC):
All meetings begin at 9 am and will be video-conferenced...
Posted August 4, 2017 at 09:13 AM by Shelly Nye
During the recent legislative session, the Children's Advocacy Alliance worked diligently across party lines to propose a legislative agenda focused on creating lasting change in core issue areas of School Readiness, Children's Safety, and Children's Health. They recently shared an update on the 2017 Legislative Session which includes some important "wins" for children...
Posted July 13, 2017 at 08:03 AM by Shelly Nye
In this blog post, Donna Spiker, Kathleen Hebbeler, Debbie Cate, and Sharon Walsh explain how states and districts can and should prioritize the inclusion of children with disabilities in efforts to improve early learning programs.
Posted February 27, 2017 at 02:09 PM by Shelly Nye
Join the Children's Advocacy Alliance during the 2017 session to make children and families a priority during this year's Children's Week: School Readiness Day March 13-16, 2017. Children and families will have the opportunity to learn more about school readiness, make...
Posted October 11, 2016 at 02:57 PM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council will occur on Thursday 10/13/16 at 9 am. See the Meeting Agenda below for location information.
Posted September 16, 2016 at 05:56 AM by Shelly Nye
The Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC), is seeking candidates for the following seven positions:
- Treasurer Elect
- VP of Educational Development
- VP Public Policy
- Nomination Chair
- Accreditation Chair
- Conference Chair-elect.
If you are interested, please read the position descriptions on the...
Posted August 11, 2016 at 02:15 PM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council will be held on August 18, 2016 at 9:00. Please review the agenda for meeting locations.
Posted July 25, 2016 at 04:41 PM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting (August 2, 2016) of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) has been canceled due to lack of quorum. If possible, the meeting will be rescheduled; otherwise, the next scheduled meeting of the ECAC is Oct 4.
Updated information will be sent through the listserv or check the ECAC Website at http://nvecac.com/
Posted June 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM by Shelly Nye
Parents are to RSVP by calling the NICRP office...
Posted May 18, 2016 at 10:09 AM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council is scheduled for June 13 and 14, 2016 at 9 am.
For additional information and meeting handouts, please visit their website at http://nvecac.com/
Please note: this two-day meeting will be held in Las Vegas and not video...
Posted May 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM by Shelly Nye
A good rule of thumb to follow with regard to your ongoing professional development is to complete at least 2 hours of training each month throughout your training year. Doing so will ensure that you end the year with the 24 hours of required training you need for Licensing (it really is as simple as that!). Waiting until the end of your licensing year to complete all of your annual trainings can...
Posted April 3, 2016 at 10:15 PM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council is scheduled for Tuesday April 5, 2016 at 9 am. Please see the attached agenda for meeting locations.
For meeting materials, please visit the NECAC website.
Posted March 23, 2016 at 12:49 PM by Shelly Nye
On Wednesday, March 30, at 9:30 a.m., the Children's Advocacy Alliance is presenting on early childhood education at the Nevada Legislative Interim Committee on Education. We are reaching out to early learning advocates to support these efforts by:
Posted March 3, 2016 at 08:48 AM by Shelly Nye
The NevAEYC board is seeking candidates to be appointed to the NevAEYC board to complete the 2016 term of the VP of Educational Development. The current VP of Educational Development has resigned. If you are interested in being considered for this appointment, please complete the application form and return to
Posted January 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM by Shelly Nye
The next public meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9 am.
Meeting/video conferencing locations are listed in the attached agenda.
For additional meeting materials, please visit the NV ECAC website.
Please note the change in the...
Posted December 1, 2015 at 05:44 PM by Shelly Nye
The 2016 meeting schedule for the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) is as follows:
- February 2 (video)
- April 5 (video)
- June 13 and 14 (face to face Las Vegas)
- August 2 (video)
- October 4 (video)
- December 6 (video)
Meetings are scheduled to begin at 9:00 am. Please visit the Nevada...
Posted November 30, 2015 at 09:23 AM by Shelly Nye
The next public meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 9 am.
Meeting/video conferencing locations are listed in the attached agenda.
Posted October 2, 2015 at 09:58 AM by Shelly Nye
The next public meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will be held on October 6, 2015 at 9 am. Meeting/video conferencing locations are listed in the attached agenda.
Posted September 15, 2015 at 01:55 PM by Shelly Nye
The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Child Care Advisory Council is looking for qualified candidates to join the council.
Deadline: November 1, 2015.
Posted September 14, 2015 at 06:29 PM by Shelly Nye
The ChildCare Education Institute is proud to offer CCEI530B: Nutrition and Food Service in the Childcare Setting as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of September. This course examines proper food service methods to be implemented in the childcare setting and is approved by The Nevada...
Posted August 20, 2015 at 04:04 PM by Shelly Nye
PRESS RELEASE: CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval today announced changes to his staff in his Carson City office.
“By changing our approach to economic development and modernizing our education system we have laid the cornerstones of the foundation for the new Nevada. In order to take the next step toward creating a Nevada with a world-class education...
Posted April 6, 2015 at 04:35 PM by Shelly Nye
The Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC) is seeking individuals with diverse views, experiences, and perspectives as candidates for the following Board positions (terms will begin January 2016):
- VP Communication and Technology
Posted March 10, 2015 at 06:42 PM by Shelly Nye
Message from the Children's Advocacy Alliance:
Tomorrow (3/11/15), the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Human Services will be reviewing the following budgets related to Mental...
Posted March 3, 2015 at 04:32 PM by Shelly Nye
Parents, children, non-profit and government social service agencies from across the state will join together March 9 - March 12 to gain in-depth insights on children's issues and discuss solutions to make Nevada a better state for all.
All Children's Week events will be held at the Nevada Legislative Building in Carson City, Room 3100 unless otherwise specified.
Posted March 2, 2015 at 03:58 PM by Shelly Nye
The Child Care Subsidy Budget (Budget 3267) is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on Thursday, March 5, 2015 8:00 AM. The Child Care Assistance and Development Program (CCDP) provides assistance...
Posted February 27, 2015 at 08:45 AM by Shelly Nye
The next meeting of the Child Care Advisory Committee is Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 1:30 PM. The meeting will be videoconferenced in Carson City, Las Vegas and Elko. Also available via teleconference (see agenda for location addresses and access number). An update on Assembly Bill ...
Posted February 19, 2015 at 10:31 AM by Shelly Nye
Assembly Bill 152 would require the State Board of Health to adopt regulations prescribing requirements for meals and snacks provided to children at child care facilities; setting forth certain requirements for child care facilities relating to breastfeeding, physical activity and viewing media; and providing other matters...
Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:05 AM by Shelly Nye
Please read this important, urgent message from the Children's Advocacy Alliance:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE IS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM
Tomorrow, February 12th at 8:00 AM, the Senate Finance Committee will be hearing and reviewing the State Treasurer'...
Posted February 3, 2015 at 01:22 PM by Shelly Nye
Assembly Bill 2, which authorizes possession of a weapon in a vehicle that is on the property of certain educational entities or child care facilities in certain circumstances, is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday morning before the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
If you are interested in viewing or participating in the hearing, please see the following meeting information and short summary...
Posted February 3, 2015 at 01:17 PM by Shelly Nye
Yesterday marked the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session. The Children's Advocacy Alliance has a number of resources available to keep you up to date on all children's issues in Nevada.
Posted January 30, 2015 at 11:06 AM by Shelly Nye
You and Your Family are Invited!
Help raise awareness of children’s issues and remind elected officials that Nevada’s youngest citizens should be a priority! Everyone is invited to participate in this year's Children's Week at the Nevada Legislature, March 9-12, 2015 in Carson City, Nevada. The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy</...
Posted January 28, 2015 at 08:38 AM by Shelly Nye
A public meeting of the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Posted November 25, 2014 at 09:25 AM by Shelly Nye
Posted October 24, 2014 at 09:22 AM by Shelly Nye
Forwarded from the First Five Years Fund, Early Education Update, October 24, 2014.
This week, results were released in a new round of state polls showing strong bipartisan support for investments in early learning opportunities...
Posted September 15, 2014 at 09:44 AM by Shelly Nye
The Children's Advocacy Alliance has recently created a page on their website dedicated to the 2015 Legislative Session.They've posted the updated 2015 Categorized Bill Draft List, and will also include CAA Policy Briefs -...
Posted September 15, 2014 at 08:25 AM by Shelly Nye
A message from Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning - National Women's Law Center:
A victory for child care is within reach — but we need your help to get there.
The House and Senate have reached agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The House could vote as early as today and...
Posted September 12, 2014 at 05:04 PM by Mike McDowell
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...
Posted August 20, 2014 at 03:21 PM by Shelly Nye
Interesting read in today's ExchangeEveryDay article published by the Child Care Exchange:
Posted August 19, 2014 at 09:46 AM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted July 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM by Shelly Nye
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...
Posted July 28, 2014 at 11:39 AM by Shelly Nye
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,...
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:...
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...