Spring 2010 Newsletter
BCC Special Announcements
- State looking to rate California's preschools - Lead Regulations
- Child Care Use by Low-Income Families: Variations Across States
- The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Investing in Early Care, Education Benefits Us All
- DRAFT Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2
- BCC Helpline Now Offers Assistance in Spanish
- Sources of Capital for Renovation, Acquisition, Construction and Expansion for Child Care Facilities
Existing BCC Publications Highlighted
- Loan Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California
- Potential Grant Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California
- Preparing Child Care Borrowers for Underwriting
Save the Date!
- Child Care Facilities Design Symposium
- BCC Webinar May 26 -Financing Child Care Facilities: Learn What Lenders Look For
- National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
- 2010 NAFCC Annual Conference
- Preparing Teachers of Young Children: The Current State of Knowledge, and a Blueprint for the Future
- Child Care Design and Siting Guidelines: Including comprehensive information on navigating the County of Riverside permitting process
- 5 steps to Choosing a Quality Child Care
BCC Special Announcements
- State looking to rate California's preschools: A 13-member advisory committee aimed at improving early childhood learning programs in California is currently collecting data to create a fair, accurate scale that would hold preschools accountable and be understandable for parents.
- New Lead Regulations: As of April 2010 federal law now requires contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified in the new EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and follow specific work practices to reduce human exposures to lead. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can crate hazardous dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. All contractors must be trained and certified by April 22, 2010.
- Care Use by Low-Income Families: Variations Across States: This Research Brief produced by Children Trends provides new estimates to show the variation across the 50 states in the use of nonparental child care, the types of child care used, and parents' experiences with child care problems that interfere with their work schedules. The brief concludes with a discussion of possible reasons for these patterns across states.
- The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program: CACFP provides nutritious meals and snacks to infants and children as a regular part of their child care. A variety of public or private nonprofit child care centers, Head Start programs, outside-school-hours care centers, and other institutions which are licensed or approved to provide child care services participate in CACFP. For-profit centers that serve lower income children may also be eligible. CACFP reimburses centers at free, reduced-price, or paid rates for eligible meals and snacks served to enrolled children, targeting benefits to those children most in need.
- Investing in Early Care, Education Benefits Us All: The Fresno County Office of Education joined hundreds of local organizations in recognizing April 11-17 as Week of the Young Child. This was a special week to recognize the more than 35 million children from birth through age 8 in America.
- DRAFT Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2: The California Department of Education (CDE), Child Development Division (CDD), through an inclusive process, has developed a draft preschool curriculum framework for early childhood educators as they thoughtfully consider the preschool learning foundations when planning curriculum for preschool children. The purpose of the curriculum framework is to provide an overall approach for early childhood educators to support children's learning through environments and experiences that are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate.
- BCC Helpline Now Offers Assistance in Spanish: Through the BCC Project, the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) provides assistance for people who need capital loans to finance child care center facilities.
- Sources of Capital for Renovation, Acquisition, Construction and Expansion for Child Care Facilities: This webinar informed child care providers & intermediates on issues related to child care facilities financing. We provided provide an overview of child care facilities financing sources which include: private equity, fundraising, loans, and grants. The resources that we referred to during the presentation were , Loan Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California and Potential Grant Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California.
Existing BCC Publications Highlighted
Save the Date!
- Register by May 15th! Child Care Facilities Design Symposium - Child Care Facilities Design Symposium: Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) will be hosting this all day event, facilitated by Louis Torelli & Chuck Durrett from Spaces for Children. Learn from these experts, the role of the physical environment for children, steps in designing a quality child care facility and working with building agencies and regulations. There will also be an opportunity for hands on practice reviewing architectural plans and blueprints.
May 19, 2010 San Francisco, CA
- BCC Webinar May 26th- Financing Child Care Facilities: Learn What Lenders Look For: Presented by Jon Dempsey from Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) this webinar will help individuals and organizations seeking child care facility financing understand the type of documentation and information lenders for when determining the viability of a potential borrower.The training will cover the following topics: Business Planning, Market Feasibility, Operational History and Strengths, Financial Strengths, Criteria for Lending, andLender Request Package.
May 26, 2010 Oakland, CA
- National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development: NAEYC's National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for teacher educators, program administrators, and others who provide professional preparation and ongoing professional development experiences for the early childhood workforce.
June 6-9, 2010 Phoenix, AZ
- 2010 NAFCC Annual Conference: The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) will be hosting their 2-day 20th Annual Conference, "Creating Harmony: Tuning in to Children through Partnerships and Professionalism" which will include incredible workshops on a variety of diverse topics such as working with children and families, strengthening business practices, accreditation and quality improvement, research, public policy and many, many more.
July 15-17, 2010 Nashville, TN
- Preparing Teachers of Young Children: The Current State of Knowledge, and a Blueprint for the Future: The purpose of this two-part paper by Center for the Study of Child Care Employment is to help bridge the worlds of ECE and K-12, and to help shape a coordinated research agenda, by examining their differing vantage points, language, and terminology, and the current state of knowledge about the effective preparation of excellent teachers. Part I summarizes the differences between these two fields, but finds more than enough similarities to warrant a close consideration, in Part II, of the combined wisdom of both fields, and of what remains to be learned, about teacher preparation-concluding with a set of key recommendations for research and policy.
- Child Care Design and Siting Guidelines: Including comprehensive information on navigating the County of Riverside permitting process. This guide is a collaborative endeavor with First 5 Riverside County and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to support child care providers in the process of facilities development. There are many factors to consider and decisions to be made. Thoughtful research and planning are essential for ensuring the success of starting or expanding a child care business. This comprehensive Guidelines manual will provide you with information that will assist you with project development, in becoming licensed, and in navigating the County of Riverside's planning and permitting process. This Guide does not address everything a person needs to know about starting and operating a child care program but is intended to assist you in making informed decisions and more easily navigate the process.
- 5 steps to Choosing a Quality Child Care: Child care has become an essential component of life in our society. Quality child care can make a significant difference in children's development. The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has created a guide for you to find a quality child care program.