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No one has a greater impact on the quality of early care and education than the people who work with children every day. Consequently, CCR&Rs across the country provide ongoing professional development opportunities to child care providers and staff to impact that quality. By supporting accreditation and quality improvement programs, helping create financial incentives for education, partnering with higher education, and advocating for better compensation for providers, CCR&Rs help improve the quality of care for all children.
CCR&Rs conduct annual training surveys to determine the training needs of early care and education and school-age child care professionals. Based on survey findings and knowledge of the field’s needs, CCR&Rs offer a calendar of training opportunities that are available to participants that address the topics approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE).
The three NC CCR&R Council Management Agencies have received The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) approval to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Training and/or CEUs provided by CCR&Rs is typically open to all and may be delivered at the local CCR&R or at a community site.
Helpful links for Child Care Providers:
Child Care WAGE$: www.childcareservices.org/ps/wage.html
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Project: www.childcareservices.org/ps/teach.html
North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals: www.ncicdp.org
CCR&Rs offer technical assistance (TA) which is defined as a service provided to an early care and education or school-age program to help an individual classroom, multiple classrooms and/or an entire program start-up, address corrective action requirements, and/or achieve or maintain higher quality.
Enhanced technical assistance includes more intensive services that are typically targeted to quality improvement or providing in-depth services to support the start-up of child care programs. For example, many quality improvement projects involve working intensively and repeatedly over an extended period with entire child care programs to help them increase their star ratings and/or achieve or maintain national accreditation. Typically, CCR&R staff assess individual classrooms or family child care programs and help teachers/directors develop improvement plans to raise their Environment Rating Scale scores (i.e., ITERS-R/ECERS-R/SACERS/FCCERS-R).
CCR&Rs are charged with providing technical assistance to the non-English speaking population as well. Many CCR&Rs have Bilingual Specialists who support programs in communicating with non-English speaking families.
Many CCR&Rs have elected to expand beyond core services. Some of the more common expanded services include: