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Fall Newsletter 2009

  • IN THIS ISSUE...

yellow chevronBCC Special Announcements

  • CAEYC Awards & Grants
  • Initiative Focus on Early Learning Programs
  • Senate Bill 1629 Advisory Committee
  • Community Care Licensing Division
  • Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils
  • BCC Offers One -On-One Capital Financing Technical Assistance

yellow chevronRecent Publications

  • Child Care Facility Development Budget Guide
  • Child Care Center Facility Development Checklists
  • Family Child Care Home Facility Development Checklists
  • What to Consider Before Purchasing a Child Care Center

yellow chevronExisting BCC Publications Highlighted

  • A Toolkit for Organizing a Local Facilities Development and Financing Network in Your Community
  • Basic Licensing Requirements for a Child Care Center or Preschool
  • Understanding Loans

yellow chevronSave the Date!

  • LIIF 2nd Annual Child Care Facilities Conference - 2009
  • NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo

     

yellow chevronOther Resources

  • Child Care Design Guide
  • Issues for the Next Decade of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
  • State Child Care Assistance Policies 2009: Most States Hold the Line, But Some Lose Ground in Hard Times
  • The Great 35 Square Foot Myth


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BCC Special Announcements

  • CAEYC Awards & Grants: These financial times make it difficult to attend Conferences & Trainings, to purchase items for your classroom, or paying for your own school books and materials! CAEYC is now accepting applications for six (6) different awards to members. Each award is designed to encourage and promote professional growth and/or educational attainment. Applications are due no later than January 1, 2010.
  • Initiative Focus on Early Learning Programs: The U.S. House of Representatives Passes Early Learning Challenge Grants Legislation! The initiative is aimed at raising quality in the early learning and care programs that serves children from birth through age five.
  • Senate Bill 1629 Advisory Committee: SB 1629 establishes an Advisory Committee to recommend a state Early Learning Quality Improvement System, which will develop policy and an implementation plan for improving the quality of early education programs.
  • Community Care Licensing Division: The Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division of the Department of Social Services (DSS) develops and enforces regulations designed to protect the health and safety of individuals in child care; child care centers and family child care homes.
  • Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils (LPC) The primary mission of the Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils (LPCs) is to plan for child care and development services based on the needs of families in the local community. There are currently LPC's representing each county in California. Go to the California Department of Education website to find out information about your local LPC and how they can help.
  • BCC Offers Capital Financing Technical Assistance: Through the BCC Project, the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) provides help for people who need capital loans to finance child care center facilities.


Recent Publications


Existing BCC Publications Highlighted

  • A Toolkit for Organizing a Local Facilities Development and Financing Network in Your Community: This toolkit is intended to assist child care advocates and others in planning, hosting, and sustaining a local network of key individuals for the purpose of surmounting the barriers encountered by child care providers in the development and financing of facilities that serve children and their families and builds on BCC's experience bringing together these groups.
  • Basic Licensing Requirements for a Child Care Center or Preschool: This publication was developed by the Child Care Advocate Program to provide a quick reference guide to licensing requirements. It's a great resource to bring with you when you are selecting a site for your child care center.
  • Understanding Loans: This guide provides explanations of the advantages to using loans for family child care facilities development projects; information about a lender's perspective when considering an application; and an answer to the question: "what's the best way to apply for a loan?"


Save the Date!

Other Resources

  • Child Care Design Guide: While parents work, seven out of ten American children under the age of six participate in some form of care outside the home. Because many of them spend up to 12,500 hours in a child development center-most of their waking hours-the facility must be designed to provide safe, nurturing, and stimulating environments essential for the healthy development of our children. This guide will help you take the steps to create a high equality facility.

  • Issues for the Next Decade of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Since the first child care Quality Rating System (QRS) was implemented in Oklahoma 11 years ago (in 1998), 16 additional statewide systems have been launched and numerous states are piloting or developing a QRS (Zaslow, Tout, & Martinez-Beck, forthcoming). As QRS stakeholders across the nation look ahead to the next decade, it is important to take stock of what has been learned and identify priorities for generating new research and information about QRSs. The purpose of this Issue Brief is to address this need by responding to four broad questions:
    • What are the new challenges faced by QRSs?
    • What is the status of research and evaluation on QRSs?
    • What new information is needed to design and implement effective QRSs?
    • What available tools can be used as a framework to guide QRS evaluation?
  • State Child Care Assistance Policies 2009: Most States Hold the Line, but Some Lose Ground in Hard Times: A study by the National Women's Law Center of child care policies in 50 states and the District of Columbia reveals that between February of 2008 and February of 2009 more states made cuts than made improvements in desperately needed child care assistance, worsening an already bleak landscape for parents trying to afford reliable child care.

  • The Great 35 Square Foot Myth: One of the great myths of early childhood education is the standard of 35 square foot of classroom space per child for the design of child care classrooms. No one is totally sure how the 35 square foot standard originally evolved. There is some speculation that it has its origins in health department studies that elementary school children need a minimum of 35 square feet per student to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the classroom.

 


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