A monthly resource for early childhood professionals in Northern Kentucky
June 25, 2019
Outdoor Adventures
The benefits of outdoor free play
Children crave outdoor play and they need it every day! Outdoor play has been decreasing and free play is no longer the norm for many children. Caileigh Flannigan states in her article Let Kids Be Kids: Using Adventure and Nature to Bring Back Children's Play:

"When children are engaged in free play in the outdoors, they are provided opportunities for freedom, choice, and fewer routines. In free play, there is no adult direction or control, so children are able to play how they want to play. When children are given such freedom to play, they are more likely to engage in higher levels of social interaction, cognitive skills such as decision-making and reasoning, empathy, and physical activity. In turn, they are less likely to become inattentive, anxious, or depressed and unhealthy."

We can make a difference in the lives of our children by allowing time for free outdoor play every day in our programs.  Do you need some inspiration for outdoor fun experiences for children? Attend Summertime Play for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers: A Make-it Take-it Workshop at our 4C Covington Training Center on July 30.

Also share with parents the importance of outdoor play and offer suggestions with this NAYEC resource Message in a Backpack - Going Beyond the Playground: Math, Science, and Outdoor Fun.
4C for Children Receives CDA Gold Standard   
Helping you take the best first step in your ECE career!       
The 4C CDA Team is excited to share that our Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation Program has been awarded the prestigious CDA Gold Standard following a quality review of training and student services by the Council for Professional Recognition.

The CDA Gold Standard SM is part of the Council's early childhood education effort to help CDA (Child Development Associate) students find the high-quality training and student services they need in preparation for the CDA exam and a career as an early childhood educator. Learn more.
Meet the Keynote: Otis Williams     
4C Conference Saturday Keynote Speaker     
Otis Williams will be the keynote speaker on Saturday morning at the 4C for Children Leadership and Early Childhood Conference. He is the founder and President/CEO of Otis Williams Limitless, a personal development firm that teaches people how to train their fear so they can live free and share their gifts with the world.

Otis is a highly sought award-winning speaker, facilitator, seminar leader, and personal growth coach. Otis has practiced-and proven-what he preaches. For over two decades, he has been educating, training, developing, and challenging people in the areas of motivation, change, leadership, and courage.

Learn more about Otis Williams and about our Saturday keynote speaker, Dr. Deb Clary.

The 4C Conference, presented by Positive Leaps, will be held Oct. 25-26 at the Sharonville Convention Center. Visit www.4cconference.org for conference news and information.

The Division of Child Care shared the following important information:
Ongoing audits of provider files continue to reveal several inconsistencies surrounding the use of sign in/out sheets.  922 KAR 2:160 Section 14 lists the requirements for all providers who receive CCAP. 
Below is a list of the identified inconsistencies that need to be corrected immediately:           
  • Use of a sign-in/sign-out sheet other than the required DCC-94E form.  
  • Parent not initialing for each child at time of drop off or pick up.
  • Parent not signing the form for verification at the end of the week.
  • Full name of parent not used for end of week signature.  
  • Incomplete forms:
    • Child's full name not listed on the DCC-94E.
    • Name of center, CLR number, and date not completed.
    • Signature of provider and date not completed.
Failure to complete the DCC-94E correctly can result in a claim being established and funds being paid by recoupment. During the transition of the CCAP Program from the Child Care Council to the Division of Child Care, DCC had allowed providers to correct these mistakes to become compliant with the regulation avoiding the establishment of a claim. Beginning June 1, 2018, any requested DCC-94E completed incorrectly became subject to a claim in the amount of the child care subsidy paid for that month.  
Please accept this notice as a reminder to pay close attention to the information you are collecting and submitting to DCC.
Here is the link to the Child Care Assistance Program:  Billing Basics for Providers LearnDash
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Williams, Claims Team Lead, at 502-564-2524 extension 3771.

Save these dates
July 11: All About the CDA: Orientation to the CDA Process
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4C for Children offers training and coaching for teachers, administrators, and family child care providers at all levels. 4C believes that when a child gets a solid foundation in those crucial early years, they'll be successful throughout their life.
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