Wachusett Community Partnership for Children
New Dept. Gathers Information
“All current OCCS and ELS forms, contracts, grants, voucher documents, licenses and mailings now display the new Department’s name. All regulations, standards, guidelines, policies and procedures will remain in effect until revised or repealed by the Dept. of Early Education and Care. Likewise, all licenses, certificates and approvals issued before July 1, 2005 will remain valid unless otherwise notified by the department. “
“We look forward to working with you to develop and grow early education and care in Massachusetts.”
This information is taken from the DEEC website: www.mass.gov/EEC.
Since July, the new department has prioritized it’s work and will focus first on three main areas assigned to three main internal working groups: Rates, Access and Quality. Inadequacy of reimbursement rates, multiple regulations and uneven access for families to high quality programs are all issues under discussion.
In October, DEEC hired the Public Consulting Group, an independent agency, to gather information from CPC’s and Resource and Referral Agencies around the state by means of interviews and surveys. The goal is to gather as many facts as possible to complete a picture of where the strengths and weaknesses of the system are now. In November, the new department will discuss options for system development and present them to the board.
Continues in the Region
Wachusett area child care programs continue to improve their quality and have worked extremely hard to gain, and keep, nationally accredited status. Our congratulations to First Congregational Church of Holden Nursery School on their recent accreditation from NAEYC. Village Green Preschool has also been awarded re-accreditation., which takes place every five years.
Centers and family child care provider programs go through an intensive process of self-study and must meet many criteria in areas of curriculum, health & safety, relationships with children and families, business practices and much, much more. The entire process typically takes two-three years from start to finish, ending with the on site, day -long observation/validation visit. The validator reports back to the national program, and an impartial commission makes the final decision.Recently, some programs have been held up by long wait times of over one year for the observation/validation visit. All programs participating in the Wachusett CPC must complete this process.
For more information visit www.mass.gov/EEC
Thank You Fair Volunteers !
You make it all possible!
Sterling Nusrsery School
Scholarship Opportunities in Early Childhood Education
$1 million has been allocated at the Board of Higher Education for
early educator scholarships
On October 12th the Dept. of Early Education & Care (EEC) shared preliminary information on a pilot scholarship program established by the Massachusetts Legislature for fiscal year 2006. The legislature has allocated funds for scholarships for early childhood educators who are in associates’s or bachelor’s degree programs for early childhood education or a related field such as education, child development or child psychology at a Massachusetts college or university. Applicants must be working in a licensed or license exempt early education program in Massachusetts. Applicants must be willing to continue employment as an early educator after graduation (for 6 months per semester of scholarship assistance received, up to a maximum of 2 years after receiving an AA and up to a maximum of 4 years after receiving a BA). The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed each year the student is in the program
Students may be funded for up to three classes per semester, but must take at least three classes a year. Scholarship
funds will be provided for the 2006 Spring & Summer semester. Other requiremnts/guidelines are not yet established:
Stay Tuned for more information by mail or e-mail or in the Winter News
Issues At the End of the Day: information from Holly Elissa Bruno
The following information is from the article “At the End of the Day: Policies, procedures and practices to ensure smooth transitions” by Holly Elissa Bruno printed in Child Care Exchange, September/October 2005. The entire article is available on line at hollyelissabruno.com. Note: This article does not serve as legal advice; please consult with your attorney.
The end of the day at child care is a mixed bag of tired parents, children and teachers all trying to gracefully exit the scene with a minimum of fuss and upset. Most days, this occurs but as everyone in the field of early education knows, anything can happen and surprises are always in store for us.
Some of the toughest situations faced in child care occur at pick up time, and clear policies are essential. Issues like separation, divorce and ugly custody battles are all too common, as well as incidences of parents arriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or sending someone not on the list to pick up, or even safety issues such as no car seat for the young child, or an unlicensed driver . The best protection for both the child and the center is to have a clearly thought out and agreed to policy prepared in advance. All staff should be made aware of what steps to follow if a questionable situation occurs. How much easier for the closing staff person if they can refer to a signed policy handbook.
Rewriting policies and procedures for the parent handbook takes time. Parents and staff need to be involved in the process. This involvement of parents and staff is part of “due process”, and it pays off when everyone buys into the outcomes. Due process requires notification of and an opportunity to discuss intended changes to your policy with those who will be affected by it.
But what to do if an end of the day emergency erupts before you have a policy in place? Keeping the well-being of the child the top priority is essential.
Keep children and families safe!
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Head lice is NOT a sign of uncleanliness !
Their bites can cause irritation (itching and scratching), especially on the scalp, neck and behind the ears. Lice can live in clothing, bed linens, combs, brushes and hats that have come into contact with an infested person. Young children and teens are the most likely to catch lice because they often share personal items and are in close contact with other children.
Stop the spread!
Head lice is not a sign of uncleanliness! Lice are found in all families from all walks of life, and prefer a clean head to inhabit.
. The best way to avoid lice is to:
There are many over the counter medications that will kill head lice. They may contain pyrethrins and instructions must be followed carefully. Some medications only require one treatment , and some require a repeat treatment seven to ten days later.
When to call the doctor
If your child is constantly scratching his or her skin or if he or she complains that the itching will not stop, call your health care provider. He or she will recommend a shampoo, cream or lotion that will kill the lice. Children should be kept home from school or child care until the morning after treatment is started. It is also recommended that you wash clothing and bed linens in hot water (over 125 degrees) and that you soak brushes and combs in hot water in order to kill the lice and their eggs.
Remember, many child care centers and family child care homes have strict guidelines on when children can come to care when they are sick or have an infection and/or are contagious. Always check with your child care provider before returning your child to the program to prevent the risk of re-infestation.
Building Social Skills in Young
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Understanding the Autism Spectrum
by Valerie Chase,
Seven Hills Clinical Associates
Four Part Series
February 28, 2006: Overview
March 7, 2006: Language Issues
March 14, 2006: Asperger’s Syndrome
March 21, 2006: Behavioral Issues
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Wachusett Community Partnership for Children is funded, in whole,
by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education, which is committed
to Early Childhood Education and quality programs for children. The
grant provides working parents with the opportunity to access affordable
quality care for their preschool children. WCPC serves the Holden,
Paxton, Princeton, Rutland and Sterling communities.
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