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August 2015 Provider of the Month - Ilse Wilson and Fairyland Family Child Care

Photo courtesy of Ilse Wilson, Fairyland Family Child Care Congratulations to Ilse Wilson and the staff at Fairyland Family Child Care in Sandy, Utah. They have been named Provider of the Month for August 2015, and they are the first home care provider to be honored through the new campaign! Creating a fun, caring, healthy, and educational environment for children as they learn and grow is the first step to a lifetime of healthy development, and Ilse Wilson and her staff at Fairyland Family Child Care go above and beyond every day with the children in their care. Wilson and her team do this through creative play, including spaces for playing with sand, water and mud; an outdoor music and art

FY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund Plan for States and Territories - Second Public Comment

Dear Colleagues: The Office of Child Care (OCC) is pleased to announce the Federal Register publication of the Second Notice of the Proposed Information Collection Activity and Comment Request regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2016–2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for States and Territories. Both the Federal Register Notice and Plan Preprint can be found on OCC’s Web site at in the “Other Resources” section of the page. On behalf of OCC, I want to thank all our commenters for your thoughtful consideration of the Plan Preprint. We received comments from approximately 24 entities/organizations, including six State CCDF lead

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children With Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

This week the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. The policy statement sets a vision for States, local education agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. As the country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs for all young children, it is imperative that children with disabilities be included in these e

ACF Information Memorandum Regarding Children's Social-Emotional and Behavioral Health

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG Act) makes several references to children’s social-emotional and behavioral health. In particular, the CCDBG Actrequires States to provide consumer education information to families; the general public; and where applicable, providers. That information must include their policies regarding the social-emotional and behavioral health of young children, which could include policies on the expulsion of preschool-age children in early childhood programs receiving Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program assistance. The law also allows States to target CCDF program quality enhancement funds to professional development efforts, inc