What's New in the ECE Community

Rhode Island College Announces Spring 2021 Early Childhood Graduate Courses

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Rhode Island College will be offering the following courses beginning next week.  Spring classes begin the week of January 18th.  All classes will be held online (remotely) either synchronously or asynchronously. You can register on-line at www.ric.edu.

Spring 2021 M.Ed. in ECE Spring Course Offerings

ECED 661: Directing Early Care and Education Programs
Tuesday, 4:00-6:50 PM, Online Synchronous
Call number for registration purposes: 22501
Analyze quality early care and education programs and the administrative functions to maintain and improve programs. Topics include staff training, supervision, licensing, and budgeting.

ECED 512: Working with Families: Building Home-School Partnerships
Wednesday, 4:00-6:50 PM, Online Synchronous
Call number for registration purposes: 22500
Develop an understanding of parenting, working with families within diverse multicultural, sociocultural contexts and building school, community, and family partnerships.

ECED 505: Early Childhood Education and Development Issues
Thursday, 4:00-6:50 PM, Online Synchronous
Call number for registration purposes: 22499
Foster an in-depth understanding from various theoretical perspectives and issues of young children’s educational, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development by focusing on typical and atypical growth, multicultural contexts, and characteristics.

ECED 509: Emergent Literacy- Infants through Grade Two
TBA, Online Asynchronous
Call number for registration purposes:21857
Students learn how to help young children acquire an interest in reading and learn the necessary concepts concerning print and books.

Register on-line at www.ric.edu.

Dani MiskellyRhode Island College Announces Spring 2021 Early Childhood Graduate Courses

DHS Offers Quarterly Virtual Orientations for Passionate People Looking to Start a Family Child Care Home / DHS Ofrece Orientaciones para Personas Apasionadas que Buscan Empezar un Negocio de Cuidado Infantil Familiar

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) – Child Care Licensing Unit has announced an orientation date for the Winter 2021 for people interested in obtaining a state license to operate as a family child care home provider.

DHS, in collaboration with the Center for Early Learning Professionals, will offer the orientation sessions on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 9:00am – 11:00am (English) and 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Spanish). Orientation sessions will be held virtually. We will set up additional orientation opportunities in 2021 so stay tuned for more information on this page.

The orientation sessions explain the licensing process to participants and are the first step toward obtaining a state license. Participants need to attend just one orientation in order to start the process of becoming a Family Child Care provider. After the orientation, participants submit four pre-required documents and enroll in to complete a training series that provide information about health and safety in family child care homes, state licensing regulations, high-quality learning environments for young children, basic business practices on how to launch a family child care business, and protocols related to COVID-19. After participants complete the training, Center staff will support them as they apply for licensure.

If you are interested in starting a family child care home, please reach out to the Child Care Licensing Unit at 401-462-3009 or DHS.Childcarelicensing@dhs.ri.gov. From there, we can add you to the list for the next virtual orientation and follow up training – we look forward to working with you all!

Nicole Chiello
Child Care Administrator for Licensing and Regulations
Department of Human Services (DHS)
25 Howard Ave, Building 57
Cranston, RI 02920
C: 401-487-6603
Nicole.Chiello@dhs.ri.gov


La Unidad de Licencias de Cuidado Infantil del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Rhode Island (DHS) – Unidad de Licencias anuncia una fecha de orientación en enero para las personas interesadas en obtener una licencia estatal para operar como proveedor de cuidado infantil familiar.

El DHS en colaboración con the Center for Early Learning Professionals ofrecerá sesiones de orientación virtuales el día Miércoles, 6 de Enero de 9:00 am a 11:00 am (inglés) y de 1:00 pm a 3:00 pm (español). Estaremos ofreciendo sesiones de orientación adicionales en el 2021, así que estén atentos a esta página.

Las sesiones de orientación explican el proceso de concesión de licencias a los participantes y son el primer paso para obtener una licencia estatal. Los participantes deben asistir a una sola orientación. Después de la orientación, los participantes someten cuatro documentos luego se inscriben y completan una serie de entrenamiento con información sobre la salud y la seguridad en hogares de cuidado infantil familiar, regulaciones estatales para la licencia, medioambientes de aprendizaje de alta calidad para niños pequeños, prácticas comerciales básicas sobre cómo iniciar un negocio de cuidado infantil familiar y protocolos que debe seguir relacionados al COVID-19. Una vez que los participantes completen dicho entrenamiento, el personal del Centro los apoyará durante el periodo de aprobación de la solicitud de la licencia.

Si está interesado en comenzar un negocio de cuidado infantil familiar, comuníquese con la Unidad de Licencias de Cuidado Infantil al 401-462-3009 o envíe un correo electrónico a DHS.Childcarelicensing@dhs.ri.gov. Una vez nos haya contactado para asistir a la orientación nosotros agregaremos su nombre a la lista para la próxima orientación virtual y luego le conectaremos con el próximo entrenamiento que haya disponible. ¡Esperamos trabajar con todos ustedes!

Nicole Chiello
Child Care Administrator for Licensing and Regulations
Department of Human Services (DHS)
25 Howard Ave, Building 57
Cranston, RI 02920
C: 401-487-6603
Nicole.Chiello@dhs.ri.gov

Dani MiskellyDHS Offers Quarterly Virtual Orientations for Passionate People Looking to Start a Family Child Care Home / DHS Ofrece Orientaciones para Personas Apasionadas que Buscan Empezar un Negocio de Cuidado Infantil Familiar

Rhode Island Kids Count Releases New Early Learning Fact Sheet / Hoja Informativa sobre Aprendizaje Temprano de Rhode Island Kids Count

Rhode Island Kids Count has released a new Early Learning Fact Sheet. The Fact Sheet focuses on three areas “(1) Stabilize the family child care system, (2) Invest in staffed family child care networks, and (3) Include family child care in the state’s comprehensive, mixed-delivery early care and education system.” You can find the Fact Sheet in English here: Building and Sustaining a High-Quality Family Child Care System in Rhode Island.


Rhode Island Kids Count ha publicado una nueva hoja informativa sobre el aprendizaje temprano. La hoja informativa se enfoca en tres áreas: (1) Estabilizar el sistema de cuidado infantil familiar, (2) Invertir en redes de cuidado infantil familiar con personal, e (3) Incluir el cuidado infantil familiar en el sistema educativo  estatal. Puede encontrar la hoja informativa en español aquí: Construyendo y Sosteniendo un Sistema de Cuidado Infantil Familiar de Alta Calidad en Rhode Island.

Dani MiskellyRhode Island Kids Count Releases New Early Learning Fact Sheet / Hoja Informativa sobre Aprendizaje Temprano de Rhode Island Kids Count

National Child Safety and Protection Month – See the Newest Resources!

In recognition of National Child Safety and Protection Month, EDC created an article that provides links to evidence-based tools and resources on the topic of child safety and protection. The resources in the article are aimed at helping educators and families improve the safety and well-being of young people and cover a range of topics including injury prevention, talking to families, playground safety, trauma-informed care, and so much more. You can find these and other important resources by clicking on the article: Child Safety and Protection Month: Make Safety a Reality for All Young People.

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DHS COVID-19 Impact Survey/Encuesta de DHS sobre el Impacto de la COVID-19

Child Care Providers are Invited to Participate in the COVID-19 Impact Survey Series

This fall, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is conducting a series of monthly surveys to gather information on the financial and program impacts of COVID-19 on child care providers in an effort to better support the child care provider community during and after the pandemic. These online surveys are available in English and Spanish.

Each month, one participating Family Child Care provider and one participating Center-based provider who complete the survey will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift card! All responses will remain confidential.

For more information, see the COVID-19 Survey Series FAQs.

For questions or assistance, please contact: RIDHSSurvey@pcgus.com.


Se invita a los proveedores de cuidados infantiles a participar en la serie de encuestas sobre el impacto de la COVID-19

Este otoño, el Department of Human Services (DHS) está llevando a cabo una serie de encuestas mensuales para recabar información sobre los impactos financieros y programáticos de la COVID-19 sobre los programas de cuidados infantiles, en un esfuerzo por brindar mejor apoyo a la comunidad de proveedores de cuidados infantiles durante la pandemia y después de ella.

Estas encuestas en línea están disponibles en inglés y en español.Cada mes, se seleccionarán al azar un proveedor de cuidados infantiles familiares participante y un proveedor de un centro participante que completen la encuesta para que reciban una tarjeta de regalo de $100. Todas las respuestas se mantendrán confidenciales.

Si tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda, pógase en contacto con: RIDHSSurvey@pcgus.com.

Dani MiskellyDHS COVID-19 Impact Survey/Encuesta de DHS sobre el Impacto de la COVID-19

Planning for the Polls: Considerations for Family Child Care Providers from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

Every election is determined by the people who show up. -Larry J. Sabato

Our rights as citizens are inherently tied to our responsibility to vote. Moreover, as engaged members of the early childhood community we have a duty to vote in the best interest of young children all across our great country. This means we need to be mindful of and prepared for national, state, and local elections.
The first step requires being registered to vote, the second is determining when and how to vote, and the third, and oftentimes the most daunting, is researching the candidates so you know how you will cast your ballot. Our work is not done once we know who we plan to vote for, we must also think about
educating and empowering staff and families to vote as well.

We at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership recognize that many factors may make this election cycle more difficult to navigate, but no less important. If you are a family child care provider, the following document, Planning for the Polls: Voting Resource for Family Child Care Providers, may be helpful as you prepare for this election season. If you are interested in learning more about virtual and in-person professional development opportunities for family child care providers contact the McCormick Center.

by Robin Kelton, MA, Quality Training Specialist for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University (NLU)

Dani MiskellyPlanning for the Polls: Considerations for Family Child Care Providers from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

New “Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities” PD from Washington County Coalition for Children

The Washington County Coalition for Children in collaboration with the Maine Resilience Building Network is offering the professional development series “Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities.”  This online training will review ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) research, early brain development, the impact of toxic stress on development, and protective factors such as positive relationships. Family and classroom resilience-informed strategies to promote resilience building for our children birth-5 will be introduced. Asset-informed, trauma-sensitive approaches that strengthen child-teacher connections to support social emotional learning and well-being will be shared. The virtual event will provide an opportunity for new learning, application and understanding through self-reflection, breakout room assignments with peers, report and full group discussion and networking. Separate sessions will be offered for early childhood center staff and for family child care home professionals.

Session dates for family child care home professionals are Wednesdays, October 28th and November 4th from 6:30-8:00pm or Tuesdays, November 10th and 17th from 6:30-8:00pm.

Session dates for early childhood center staff are Wednesdays, October 28th and November 4th from 1:00-2:30pm or Tuesdays, November 10th and 17th from 9:00-10:30am.

For more information and to register go to Events at the Maine Resilience Building Network. For assistance contact info@maineresilience.org.

Dani MiskellyNew “Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities” PD from Washington County Coalition for Children

DHS Offers Quarterly Virtual Orientations for Passionate People Looking to Start a Family Child Care Home

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Child Care has announced an orientation date for the Fall of 2020 for people interested in obtaining a state license to operate as a family child care home provider.

DHS, in collaboration with the Center for Early Learning Professionals, will offer the orientation sessions on October, Thursday the 15th from 9:00am – 11:00pm (English) and 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Spanish). We will set up an additional date for orientations this Fall, so stay tuned for more information on this page. For the time being, all orientations will be held virtually.

The orientation sessions explain the licensing process to participants and are the first step toward obtaining a state license. Participants need to attend just one orientation. After the orientation, participants enroll in and complete a training series that provide information about health and safety in family child care homes, state licensing regulations, high-quality learning environments for young children, and basic business practices on how to launch a family child care business. After participants complete the training, Center staff will support them as they apply for licensure.

If you are interested in starting a family child care home, please reach out to the Child Care Licensing Unit at 401-462-3009 or DHS.Childcarelicensing@dhs.ri.gov. From there, we can add you to the list for the next virtual orientation and follow up training – we look forward to working with you all!

Nicole Chiello
Child Care Administrator for Licensing and Regulations
Department of Human Services (DHS)
25 Howard Ave, Building 57
Cranston, RI 02920
C: 401-487-6603
Nicole.Chiello@dhs.ri.gov


La Oficina de Cuidado Infantil del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Rhode Island (DHS) anuncia una fecha de orientación este otoño de 2020 para las personas interesadas en obtener una licencia estatal para operar como proveedor de cuidado infantil familiar.

El DHS en colaboración con the Center for Early Learning Professionals ofrecerá sesiones de orientación el jueves 15 de octubre de 9:00 am a 11:00 pm (inglés) y de 1:00 pm a 3:00 pm (español). Estaremos ofreciendo sesiones de orientación adicionales este otoño, así que estén atentos a esta página. Por el momento, todas las orientaciones serán ofrecidas de forma virtual.

Las sesiones de orientación explican el proceso de concesión de licencias a los participantes y son el primer paso para obtener una licencia estatal. Los participantes deben asistir a una sola orientación. Después de la orientación, los participantes se inscriben y completan una serie de entrenamiento con información sobre la salud y la seguridad en hogares de cuidado infantil familiar, regulaciones estatales para la licencia, medioambientes de aprendizaje de alta calidad para niños pequeños y prácticas comerciales básicas sobre cómo iniciar un negocio de cuidado infantil familiar. Una vez que los participantes completen dicho entrenamiento, el personal del Centro los apoyará durante el periodo de aprobación de la solicitud de la licencia.

Si está interesado en comenzar un negocio de cuidado infantil familiar, comuníquese con la Unidad de Licencias de Cuidado Infantil al 401-462-3009 o envíe un correo electrónico a DHS.Childcarelicensing@dhs.ri.gov. Una vez nos haya contactado para asistir a la orientación nosotros agregaremos su nombre a la lista para la próxima orientación virtual y luego le conectaremos con el próximo entrenamiento que haya disponible. ¡Esperamos trabajar con todos ustedes!

Nicole Chiello
Child Care Administrator for Licensing and Regulations
Department of Human Services (DHS)
25 Howard Ave, Building 57
Cranston, RI 02920
C: 401-487-6603
Nicole.Chiello@dhs.ri.gov

Dani MiskellyDHS Offers Quarterly Virtual Orientations for Passionate People Looking to Start a Family Child Care Home

RIC Fall Graduate Offering: Curriculum, Developmental Play, and Programs

Rhode Island College (RIC) is offering an online class for the fall semester titled “Curriculum, Developmental Play, and Programs.” The class will examine the development and content of early childhood curriculum and trends in research for early care and education through the primary grades. The fall semester starts August 31, 2020. You can register online at MyRIC using registration call number 11372. For more information contact Dr. Mary Ellen McGuire-Schwartz at mmcguire@ric.edu.

Dani MiskellyRIC Fall Graduate Offering: Curriculum, Developmental Play, and Programs

New Outbreak Response Playbook – from the Office of Child Care

The Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Child Care has issued the Outbreak Response Playbook: Child Care. This new resource for child care providers offers important guidance for responding to COVID-19 outbreaks in child care settings. The playbook has specific protocols on a number of situations including returning to child care after travel, staff coverage, and provides a daily checklist for administrators, staff, and parents/guardians. Check with the Rhode Island Department of Health and Department of Human Services for up-to-date information.

Click here for the Outbreak Response Playbook: Child Care (PDF)

For further information you can contact RI Department of Health (DOH) and DHS at:
RIDOH COVID-19 Unit: 401-654-6990
DHS: 401- 462-3009 (8:30a-4p, M-F) or DHS.ChildCareLicensing@dhs.ri.gov

Dani MiskellyNew Outbreak Response Playbook – from the Office of Child Care