Presentation on theme: "EEC’s Proposed Regulations: Overview and Update"— Presentation transcript:
1 EEC’s Proposed Regulations: Overview and Update A New Approach to Group, School-Ageand Family Child Care Regulations
2 Regulation Review Process Timeline Board provides input on alignment approach Dec.2005-Jan. 2006EEC develops draft regulations Jan March 2007Intensive informal external review process May-August 2007Revisions to draft August - October 2007Board votes to send out for public comment November 2007Public Hearings February 2008Revisions to draft March-August 2008Provide resources for the field Fall 2008 to Fall 2009Board votes to promulgate in January March-April 2009Technical assistance/training Spring 2009 and ongoingNew regulations are promulgated (take effect) January 2010Licensors evaluate compliance and offer resources Ongoing
3 An Unprecedented Comment Process Informal Review: May through August 200721 Meetings across the State; over 1,000 attendeesOn-line Survey: 389 submittedmore than 130 *Letters: 86*Formal Public Comment: February 200812 Hearings across the State: 480 attended; 180 testified86*Letters: 45**some with multiple signatures
4 The Result…..Every comment recorded and discussed by EEC’s Regulation Review Committee.Comments reviewed by weighing potential impact on Quality, Affordability and Access.Some regulations werechanged or clarified.
5 Some proposed regulations were changed. For example: A 1:15 staff to child ratio had been proposed for school age children. Overwhelming comments stated the ratio should stay 1:13.Programs had many concerns about requiring that children brush their teeth. This will be addressed through technical assistance instead.Many family child care providers were concerned by the cost of installing fall zones under their outdoor equipment. Instead, EEC will continue helping providers find safe alternatives and activities.Many concerns about the cost of requiring a second adult whenever infants and toddlers are transported. Instead, this will be suggested as a best practice.
6 EEC Proposed Regulations What is Not Changing Most requirements remain the same. For example:Staff to child ratiosCurrent groupingsActivity spaceMaterials and equipmentStaff qualificationsThe proposed regulations won’t require programs to make big changes but clarify existing requirements and offer more flexibility in several areas.
7 EEC Proposed Regulations What is Changing? Family child care and center-based regulations will be in one comprehensive set.New regulations in several key areas:Program typesDefinitionsFamily child care locationAdministrationInteractionsGroupingsCurriculum and progress reportsProfessional developmentHealth and safety
8 The Proposed Regulations Three Program Types Family Child Care Up to 10 children, infants to school-age, in a residence (includes FCC, FCC+, and LFCC under one license type).NEW! Small Group and School Age Care Up to 10 children but not in a residence.Large Group and School Age Care11+ children includes both group and school age under one license type.
9 7.02: New DefinitionsEducator–new umbrella term for all early education and care staffIncludes all Family, Group, and School Age staff. Makes it easier to read the regulations.It's what staff do every day.Lead TeacherTeacherAssistant TeacherDirector I, IIProgram AdministratorSite CoordinatorGroup LeaderAssist. Group LeaderFamily Child Care ProviderCertified FCC AssistantRegular FCC AssistantIndividual titles are still used when a requirement (like qualifications) pertains to a specific type of educator.
10 7.03 Licensure NEW! Small Group and School Age Child Care EEC has developed a hybrid!Combines elements of family child care and group/school age child care.It creates new options for the care of a small number of children.The proposed regulations:Will allow 10 or fewer children to receive care in a non-residence, such as a church, community center, or clinicAre less restrictive than group child care to reflect nature of a smaller groupWorks well for a provider whose home may not be suitable for family child careWorks well for a community agency that needs a small on-site program for staff or clientsCommunity Services
11 7.03 Licensure Family Child Care Continue to allow family child care in an occupied residence.Continue to allow family child care in a building attached to the residence of the licensee (garage).NEW! Allow family child care in an unattached building on the land of the licensee’s primary residence.NEW! Allow family child care in a vacant unit in a duplex if the licensee resides in the other unit of the residence.NEW! Allow family child care in an unoccupied apartment in a residence of up to three stories (three separate dwelling units) if the licensee lives in one of the units.
12 7.04 AdministrationNEW! Develop a plan to avoid suspension and termination of childrenParent meetingsReferralsSupports (consultant, training, staffing)Behavioral intervention plans
13 NEW! Section: 7.05 Interactions Among Educators and Children Based on recent research in brain development and interactionsEmphasizes and institutionalizes existing "best practice"Aligns Massachusetts standards with other national quality standards
14 7.06 Curriculum and Progress Reports Read with all children daily60 minutes of physical activity dailyPlanned, organized and flexible transitionsProgress reports for all children in care, regardless of age or setting
15 7.09 Staff Qualifications and Development Qualifications will not changeIn development:competency-based qualificationssystem for on-going professional developmentNEW! EEC Registry and annual registration.
16 7.09 Staff Qualifications and Development Professional Development HoursFamily Child Care: 10 hours per year professional developmentSmall and Large Group: 5, 12 or 20 hours per year, depending on work scheduleAt least 25% must address diverse learnersNEW! Mandatory Orientation to the FieldHighlighting the importance of the professionProfessional development supportsContent recommended by the MA Early Education and Care and Out of School Time Workforce Development Task Force
17 7.10 Ratios, Group Sizes and Supervision Changes based on type of group and ages of children:Multi Age Groupsinfant thru school ageFixed Age Groupsall the same ageMixed Age Groupsinfant/toddlertoddler/preschoolpreschool/school age
18 7.10 Ratios, Group Sizes and Supervision NEW OPTION!Group assignment can be based on developmental factors not just age.Decisions for group assignment must consider factors like the child’s age, where the child is developmentally and parental input.Up to two children may be placed in a fixed age group on this basis.Programs may choose whether to do this or not.
19 7.10 Ratios, Group Sizes and Supervision Supervision appropriate to ages, development, behaviors and activities of childrenSupports growing independenceProtects children
20 NEW! Individual Health Care Plans for Children with Chronic Conditions 7.11 Health and SafetyNEW! Administration of MedicationTraining in the “5 Rights” of medication administrationTraining by a licensed health care practitionerTrained educator always on premisesAll educators trained to recognize side effectsNEW! Individual Health Care Plans for Children with Chronic Conditions
21 7.11 Health and Safety To Minimize the Risk of SIDS… Back to Sleep…always!No pillows, comforters, stuffed animalsUpdate program policyTrain StaffInform ParentsProviders may care for nomore than 12 hrs. in 24.
22 Moving Forward to Implementation A Measured ApproachEnsure that programs and educators have the resources and tools they need to comply.Ensure EEC staff have the resources and tools they need to provide assistance and evaluate compliance.Incremental Improvements in QualityShort term: Small, practical, achievable steps related to each regulation changeLong term: lasting qualityimprovement based on real,available, meaningful supportsand resources.
23 Implementation Plan Communicate promulgation timeline Start Mar. 2009 Web, newsletter,Develop, translate, and post resources OngoingTraining for EEC staff* June-Oct. 2009At all provider renewal meetings offer: Start June 2009Overview of regulatory changes/timelineFocus on new requirements*Additional meetings for other providers Nov.-Dec. 2009In each region for FCC & GCC/SALarge group overviewSmall workgroups on specific requirements.*Regulations go into effect January 2010Technical assistance provided on site visits OngoingTopic specific training on new requirements * Ongoing*Interactions, Curriculum, Progress Reports, Medication Administration,Developmental Placement, Multi-Age Grouping, EEC Provider Orientation, etc
24 New Resources Available on Web Resource Packet: Positive Interactions A Technical Assistance Paper on the importance of positive interactions in promoting children's growth. A Self-Evaluation and Supervisory Observation ToolsA List of Internet Resources for more information on interactions. Resource Packet: Progress Reports Progress Reports Power PointProgress Reports how progress reports help plan activities to meet the child’s needs, and partner with parents. Documenting Progress with Portfolios. Progress Reports for School Age Children. Communicating with Parents The Importance of Developmental Milestones. A List of Internet Resources 5 Sample Progress Report Forms Resource Packet: CurriculumQuiet Activities for children who do not sleep Field Trip Planning with Checklist Coming soon: Medication Administration, Multi-age Groupings and more!
25 An Opportunity For Educators And Families These new regulations will:Give educators more flexibility to support quality and accountability;Help all educators grow as the field of early education and care evolves;Align care for children across all settings and developmental stages; andGive educators more ways to improve access and continuity for children and families.Thank you !