Are you interested in applying for the Oklahoma Professional Advancement Award?

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Or, are you interested in applying for a scholarship sponsored by OKAEYC?

 

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For the latest information regarding the child care crisis--

NAEYC just released the new ECE-field survey brief: Saved But Not Solved: America’s Economy Needs Congress to Fund Child Care

Key takeaways from this brief check-in survey with nearly 5,000 early childhood educators working across all states and settings—including faith-based programs, family child care homes, and small and large centers include:

 

  • 60% of respondents (2,927) worked in child care centers and family child care homes that received stabilization grants through the American Rescue Plan. Of those, 92% said that the grants helped their program stay open.

  • At the same time, two-thirds of respondents reported experiencing a staffing shortage that affected their ability to serve families; 52% of those with staffing shortages were forced to serve fewer children while 37% had a longer waiting list.

  • 75% of respondents reported that the end of stabilization grants would have a negative or highly negative effect on their programs. Of the respondents who said they knew enough about Build Back Better’s investments in child care and preK to answer the question, 89% agreed that it would “secure the future of our program,” including 86% of respondents from family child care homes and 85% of respondents from faith- based programs.

 

For Career Information as provided by NAEYC --

follow this link:  

 

https://www.naeyc.org/get-involved/advance-your-career/career-center

OKAEYC is delighted to share information from the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development Salary and Wages Program!

 

For information about the 

Certificate of Achievement and Stipend Program --

follow this link:

 

https://cecpd.org/en/provider-programs/oklahoma-registry-certificate-of-achievement-and-stipend-program/

 

 

Wage Supplement Program --

follow this link:

 

https://cecpd.org/en/provider-programs/oklahoma-child-care-wage-supplement-program/

  • CCAoA has a new blog with a lot of great information about how states are spending their ARP Act discretionary funds.

    • CCSA’s version focuses on workforce-specific investments via ARPA.  

    • Children's Funding Project looks at how specific communities used these funds for ECE, which you can check out here.

  • For family child care providers, Home Grown has released a very useful resource on preparing for the 2021 Tax Season.

  • And don’t miss Fiscal Strategies rescheduled webinar on cost estimation modeling, which will now take place on February 15 at 3pm eastern. If you have not yet registered, please visit https://bit.ly/Feb15CostEstimationWebinar

 

 

At OKAEYC, we are committed to educating our membership, partners, and families in every aspect to the extent that we are able. As we face COVID-19 and its effects, there are a number of resources and tools that have been shared with us and we want to pass that along to you.

 

The information below has been compiled by OKAEYC Board Members and staff to help keep you informed;

this list is by no means exhaustive and there will likely be more information to share in the future.

Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care

(Dec 2020 - Revised)

Public Health Considerations for child care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

The purpose of this tool is to assist directors and administrators in making decisions related to child care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

 

 

Preparation and Planning

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

 

Require sick children and staff to stay home

  • Communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they are It’s also important to communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they have a known exposure.

  • Establish procedures to ensure children and staff who come to the child care center sick or become sick while at your facility are sent home as soon as possible.

  • Develop and implement procedures to check for signs and symptoms of children and employees daily upon arrival, as

  • Plan to have an isolation room or area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) that can be used to isolate a sick child while waiting for them to be picked up.

  • Sick staff members and children should not return to the childcare facility until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation.

 

If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member

  • Be ready to consult with the local health authorities if there are cases in the facility or an increase in cases in the local area. Local health authorities will take the primary role of case and contact investigations in collaboration with your childcare licensing agency. (See https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/). Local case investigators will be able to provide isolation and quarantine guidance and dates of return for any impacted staff or attendees.

  • The childcare center should notify any staff/attendees who were in close contact (defined below) with the case during the 2 days before their symptom onset or test date (whichever is earlier) through to the date they are notified of your test result (infectious period). Close contacts include but are not limited to: staff/attendees in the same classroom of the case, and staff/attendees within 6 ft of the case for 15 minutes or more during the infectious period of the case.

  • Notify your local child care licensing specialist about your positive child/staff member. If a facility has trouble reaching the local specialist, contact Child Care Services within the Department of Human Services state offices for assistance: 405-521-3561 or toll free: 1-844-834-8314.

 

Return to the childcare setting

  • Employees and attendees who test positive for the virus or have a member of their household test positive may be required to be isolated or quarantined and prohibited from returning to the child care program until meeting the CDC requirements for being around

    • Individuals who believe or know they had COVID-19, and have had symptoms, may not be around others until ALL of the following conditions have been met:

      • 24 hours with no fever,

      • Symptoms have improved

      • At least 10 days since symptom onset.

    • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, but have had no symptoms, may not be around others until after 10 days have passed since the sampling date of the first positive test.

    • Individuals who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are recommended to not be around others through 14 days after their last date of Two alternative quarantine options to the recommended full quarantine have recently been approved for individuals:

      • 10 – Day Quarantine Without Testing: If the exposed individual remains symptom free, their quarantine may end after day 10 from their last date of exposure. They should continue to closely monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing, and ensure a face covering is worn around others through 14 days after their last date of exposure.

      • 7 – Day Quarantine With a Negative Test Result: If the exposed individual tests negative from a sample that was collected on or after day 5 and they remain symptom free, the quarantine may end after day 7 from their last date of exposure. They should continue to closely monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing, and ensure a face covering is worn around others through 14 days after their last date of exposure.

    • If the individual chooses to follow the alternative quarantine options, it’s expected that they practice social distancing and wear a mask while around others through 14 days after their last date of exposure. If an exposed individual is unable to comply with these preventative measures while in the facility, it’s expected they do not return to the childcare setting until after 14 days from their last date of exposure if required by the facility.

    • If the exposed close contact is more than 10 days beyond COVID-19 vaccine completion (appropriate number of total required doses depending on the vaccine brand), they will NOT be required to quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19.

 

The links below include a NAEYC survey on the effects the Pandemic has on childcare providers, details about applying for small business loans, changes to the WIC application process, Tips for SECA, and more.

 

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