My Big Little Adventure is Coming Soon!

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Announcing the Heart Centered Teaching Institute 2018!

Posted: July 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

The Heart Centered Teaching Institute

presented by the Excellence Academy

Saturday, September 8, 2018

“Rethinking the Classroom Landscape”

with Keynote Speaker Sandra Duncan

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Heart Centered Teaching Institute! Connect with other early childhood professionals in your community for a day of discussion, learning, and reflection. Keynote speaker Sandra Duncan will lead us through a discussion on the power of the environment. As she states in her book, Rethinking the Classroom Landscape, “Space speaks. Even though we cannot hear the classroom’s walls or floors talking, the equipment is conversing, or the learning materials are chattering, they are, indeed, speaking to us. They are telling us how to behave, act, react, engage, and even think. The space is whispering ‘run’ or ‘pause and linger for a while.'” At the Heart Centered Teaching Institute, we will explore how the environment is influencing our behaviors and the messages it sends to our children. How can we redesign and strengthen our classroom environment to reflect our community? Join us to examine your classroom landscape and discover how you can create meaningful places from ordinary spaces for children.

WHO: Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teachers; Family Child Care Home Providers; Center Owners, Directors, and Assistant Directors
WHEN: Saturday, September 8th
TIME: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203
COST: $20 per person
Registration is limited to 20 participants per organization.
CREDIT HOURS: 7 (no partial credit will be given)
Breakfast and Lunch Included!

Click here for more information to register!

 

Heart Centered Teaching Institute 2016 and 2017


Free Trainings for Level 1 or 2 All STARS Providers!

Posted: June 5th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C in Louisville) and 4C for Children in Covington are teaming up to provide you with All STARS training to meet your needs!

If you are a Level 1 or 2 All STARS provider, you can register for FREE training. Follow this link to the 4C for Children’s website and enter your license number in the coupon code field of the shopping cart before you check out.


Heart Centered Teaching Institute

Posted: May 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Save the date for the Heart Centered Teaching Institute, the 3rd Annual Excellence Academy Community Conference!

September 8, 2018

At the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Sandra Duncan, author of Rethinking the Classroom Landscape, Bringing the Outside In, and Inspiring Spaces for Young Children.

 

Registration opening in July!

 


New Video from Our Partners at Face It

Posted: May 21st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

The Face It Movement launched in 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities in response to the number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. Face It focuses on a three-pronged approach to addressing child abuse and neglect: promote best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, build awareness and engage the community, and advocate for effective policies to improve the child welfare system.

Learn more about our partners and work in this new video and at faceitabuse.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @faceitabuse.”


New Regulations for Kentucky All STARS

Posted: April 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

DCBS Administrative Regulations were filed today which will end STARS for KIDS NOW and establish Kentucky All STARS.The emergency administrative regulations became effective upon filing. What does this change mean for providers? This document shows the differences and similarities between the two quality rating and improvement systems. For a printable version, click here. Regulation Comparison 4.10.18

 

 


New Date Added for Free STARS Curriculum Training!

Posted: April 5th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »


Tips for Providers and Parents for Addressing CCAP Issues

Posted: April 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Knowing who to contact and what information you need on hand can help you address CCAP payment issues. Below you will find a tip list for providers and parents on what you can do to make the process easier. For a printable version of each tip sheet, click on the following links:

CCAP Provider Tip Sheet

CCAP Parent Tip Sheet

Provider tips for addressing the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) issues:

The Division of Child Care (DCC) is available to answer questions and address payment issues for child care providers. For information about parent concerns please see the Parent Tip page.

• Providers can contact DCC at 844-209-2657.

• Signed certificates should be faxed to 502-573-2007. Keep the fax confirmation showing the certificate was received.

• There are specialized staff who can talk to providers about issues such as not receiving payment for care provided, verifying a child has an active enrollment, and co-pay information. Please note that these workers have been advised as to what information can be shared with providers. DCC acknowledges that providers may not have been able to receive this information when they used this number previously.

• When you call, make sure you have the needed information at hand including:

-Parent’s Name
-Parent’s Case Number
-Child’s Name(s)
-Dates of Service
-Reason for reimbursement owed (e.g. termination notice was received late; signed certificate was sent in for this child; CPS said that authorization was received for this child; etc.)
-Any documents that can help support each case (Signed Certificate, fax confirmation that the signed certificate was submitted, Notice of Change, etc.)

• Providers can be compensated for care that was provided because of late notices of terminations or other reasons related to the transition to Benefind.

• You can visit the Division of Child Care website for more information. http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dcc/

Parent tips for addressing CCAP issues:

Eligibility for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) benefits are determined by a Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) worker just like SNAP, KTAP, and other state benefits. For information about provider concerns please see the Provider Tip page.

• Clients (parents or guardians) can apply for benefits, report changes, and get assistance with their CCAP case by calling 855-306-8959 or by visiting https://benefind.ky.gov/

• Changes can also be reported to [email protected]

• Read all notices from DCBS regarding your CCAP case or any other benefit that you receive and follow up with your DCBS worker. Changes to your SNAP, K-TAP, or other benefit case can effect your CCAP case.

• All CCAP certificates must be signed by the client and provider and then faxed to DCC.

• Clients must report all changes and address certificate issues to their DCBS worker. Providers are not allowed access to your information.

• Know the name and address of your child care provider when applying for CCAP benefits or changing providers. This will help your DCBS worker when it is time to issue a certificate.


Free All STARS Workshops – New Dates Available!

Posted: March 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

New workshops have been added for April and May!

Are you an All STARS Level 1 or 2? You may be eligible for free professional development workshops.

Registration is easy. Visit www.4cforchildren.org/AllSTARS and simply click on the workshops you are interested in and follow the prompts!

For a printable version of the flier, click here.

All STARS Online Brigance Training is now available! For a printable flier, click here.

To learn more about the Online Brigance Training and register, click here.


Benefind Update

Posted: March 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

 

 

 

Dear Child Care Provider,

Thank you to all who completed the survey regarding your experience with the CCAP transition to Benefind earlier this year. Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) received 157 responses, which were aggregated and shared with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Child Care (keeping specific providers anonymous). Your input was very helpful and used to identify problems and develop a list of suggestions for how to address them.

4-C, KYA, and KY’s Voice for Early Childhood representative, Children, Inc., met with representatives from the Cabinet to seek resolutions for the concerns you helped identify. They were open to feedback and shared that they are aware of the problems. They have heard from providers and know how frustrated they are. The Division of Child Care (DCC) has already implemented some changes and has requested changes that require computer programming updates from the company that built and maintains Benefind. They are willing to listen to what providers say and work with them to resolve the issues.

Based on our discussion with DCC, please note the following:

  • Providers can be compensated for care that was provided because of late notices of terminations or other reasons related to the transition to Benefind.
  • There are specialized staff who can talk to providers about issues such as not receiving payment for care provided, verifying a child has an active enrollment, and co-pay information. To speak with these specialists, providers should call the Division of Child Care at 844-209-2657. Please note that these workers have been advised as to what information can be shared with providers. DCC acknowledges that providers may not have been able to receive this information when they used this number previously.
  • When you call, make sure you have the needed information at hand including: parent’s name, child’s name(s), dates of service, the reason for reimbursement owed (eg. termination notice was received late; signed certificate was sent in for this child; CPS said that authorization was received for this child; etc.) and any documents that can help support each case.

The Division of Child Care is working to update the current portal used to submit reimbursement claims to allow providers to download certificates. This is one of the fixes that requires computer programming updates to the system, but once in place, it will shorten the amount of time it takes to process new enrollments. This should be launched sometime this spring.

Thank you again to those who completed the survey for taking the time to advocate for yourself and your families. Kentucky’s Voice for Early Childhood is an independent advocacy group. 4-C, along with our KY’s Voice partners, work to improve the child care system for children, parents and providers by ensuring their voices are heard. If you continue to face issues, we encourage you to call the Division of Child Care at 844-209-2657.  We plan to follow up with you and other providers in the coming weeks to learn whether issues have been resolved.



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