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this issue TA & Infant Toddler P.2 Training P.3 Provider Information P.4

Credentialing Changes! Funding for the Training/Voucher Reimbursement program will be increased to $400.00 effective October 1, 2013. So, if you have used $100 of your $200 training money, you will have $300 to use beginning October 1, 2013, not $100 that was originally left over. Effective October 1, 2013, The Office of Child Care Credentialing Branch will no longer downgrade to a lower credential level when an application is submitted to update an expired credential. Current Credentialing Policy to update an expired credential : The current policy is that a provider whose credential has expired can be credentialed at a lower level if the provider submits insufficient Professional Activity Unit/s (PAU) although the Provider still meet the training and experience requirements for the higher credential level. For example, a provider was previously credentialed at a credential level 3, credential expired, the provider submits application for an update but only submitted 1 PAU. Currently, the provider will be reactivated and credentialed at a level 2. New Credentialing Policy to update an expired credential: Provider must either update at the previous credential level or higher. For example, a provider was previously credentialed at a credential Level 3, credential expired, submitted application to update but only submitted 1 PAU. Application will be returned for insufficient PAU to meet the requirement for credential Level 3.

Please contact Technical Assistance if you have any questions: 410-288-4900 or asibiski@childcarelinksinc.org

Read and Extend Activity P.5 Training Polices P.6

Child Care Links Membership Join Today! Your $35 membership fee entitles you to: 

Reduced fees for CCL in-house workshops

CCL Membership Bag with resource center materials for the primary applicant Membership card valid for one year. Must renew every year.

Access to our Resource Library

One Professional Activity Unit (PAU) for credentialed providers Membership is non-transferrable One membership per person *Certain Restrictions Apply*

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Have no fear, Technical Assistance is here! Contact our Technical Assistance Coordinator at 410-288-4900 or asibiski@childcarelinksinc.org Did you know our Technical Assistance Coordinator can visit your program and make recommendations FREE of charge? Assistance with:  Program improvement

Free Classes at Child Care Links!

 Child Development  Challenging behavior  Room Arrangement  Children with Special Needs  Early Childhood Curriculums/ Activity ideas  Draft/Revise contracts or handbooks  Creating a daily schedule  Meeting licensing standards

Intro to MD EXCELS Class October 30th, 2013 November 23rd, 2013 December 18th, 2013 6pm-8pm

 Becoming credentialed

2hrs of Professionalism

 Working with parents

Our Technical Assistance Coordinator/Infant and Toddler Specialist will work closely with you to achieve the ultimate goal of improving your overall child care services. Licensed child care providers will receive technical assistance in identification of special needs; learning to implement evidence based practices and learn content related to Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning from Birth to Three Years of Age. Providers will enjoy personalized mentoring while learning new ways to effectively interact and evaluate infants and toddlers. Call today to get started!

Get Credentialed...Get a Check! It’s That Easy! October 16th, 2013 November 13th, 2013 December 11th, 2013 6pm-8pm 2hrs of Professionalism 410-288-5942 to register

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Baltimore County Wards Chapel Preschool The Social Emotional Awareness Series! 10/9-Session 1: Nurturing Relationships (CD) 6:30pm-8:30pm, $20 10/23-Session 2: Classroom Design (C)6:30pm-8:30pm, $20 11/6-Session 3: Anger Management (CD) 6:30pm-8:30pm, $20 11/20-Session 4: Social Emotional Literacy (CD) 6:30pm-8:30pm, $20 12/4-Session 5: Behavior (SN) 6:30pm-8:30pm, $20 12/18-Session 6: Creating Behavior Support Plan (SN) 6:30pm-8:30pm, $20 410-288-5942 to register!

E-Learning at Child Care Links! Visit us at www.childcarelinks.net and click on the Online Child Care Professional Education Center tab to see our complete course catalog or to register for great child care training on YOUR schedule! With enrollment in the Training Academy, you will enjoy: affordable courses, training on your schedule, a full year to complete a course, user-friendly access, CEU certificates issued. immediate and a friendly toll-free support line. Courses include: CDA Credential Training, Child Abuse Awareness & Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity.

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Are you ready? The purpose of the Credentialing Program is to provide a pathway for early child care educators as they pursue training and career development. Participation is easy. Complete the Maryland Child Care Credential Application form and send in copies of training certificates, college transcripts, documentation of experience and professional activity. Applications for the Credentialing Program are available at each of our Child Care Regional Offices, the Resource & Referral Centers across the State and on the web at www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde/ division/child_care/credentials. Don’t forget to submit your renewal for continued participation. For each year of participation in the credentialing program you will need to send in a renewal application and documentation that includes a statement of continued employment, training and professional activity unit information for the past credentialing year. Please be patient with us as we process the applications and information, we are still working through issues with the CCATS system (Child Care Administrative Tracking System). Your continued participation is important to us, so please help us process your application by ensuring your submissions are timely and

Director’s Corner Child Care Directors of Central Baltimore County Are you offering affordable yet completive prices? Curious about the average cost of care in you’re area? Call 410-288-4900 and ask for Technical Assistance. Have a pen and paper ready and we will give you rates for your area. All we need is a zip code. You can update your fees online by visiting Maryland Family Network’s website at: www.mdchildcare.org

We invite you to join us Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at the first meeting of the year for the Child Care Directors of Central Baltimore County. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month thereafter. Enjoy the opportunity to share your experiences with others who are having similar ones. Get answers to your questions and learn more about accreditation, credentialing, new course requirements and MD EXCELS. Don’t miss out on continued trainings opportunities. Contact Pat Shafer 443-840-3190 for more information. 4


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Training Policies and Procedures 

Mission Statement

Registrations. ALL workshop participants must pre-register—NO EXCEPTIONS. Participants are required to register and pay for workshops in advance. Registration is accepted by phone, mail, or in person. The training line for phone-in registration is operational from 8:30am-3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Visa or Master Card required for all registrations done by phone. Mail registration form to Child Care Links Inc., 1101 North Point Blvd., Suite 112, Baltimore, MD 21224. Child Care Links does not accept personal checks. A confirmation receipt will be mailed within 1-2 business days from the date of registration, except in the situation that registration is received less than 3 days prior to your scheduled workshop. Fees Paid are NON-REFUNDABLE. Should you miss a workshop, credit or transfer to another workshop may be given if Child Care Links is notified at least 24 hours prior to the workshop. If after hours, please leave a message on Child Care Links’ answering service. No credit or refunds are issued for “no shows.” Call 410-288-5942 with any questions or concerns about our refund or credit policies. Any credits issued are good for one year from date of issue.

Late arrivals. Workshops begin at the stated time. Our instructors reserve the right to refuse admittance to any workshop for any participant arriving 15 minutes or more past the start of the workshop. Credit or transfer will be issued at the discretion of Child Care Links staff for any participant turned away from training for lateness.

Cancellation or change policy. Child Care Links may need to cancel a workshop due to lack of enrollment; in this event, a CCL staff member will contact you at the phone number or address you provided upon registration. If we need to cancel a workshop and you do not wish to be transferred to another training, you will be issued credit good for one year or refunded fees paid for the canceled workshop. If you are phoning in your registration please verify that we have the correct contact information, including more than one telephone number where you can be reached.

Rude and/or disrespectful behavior during workshops will not be tolerated. Please remember to exercise good judgment and respect for both the trainer and other participants in your session. It is okay to disagree with facts or opinions presented by the trainer or other participants but please remember to remain professional. Should you violate this policy, the instructor may ask you to leave the workshop and you will not be re-admitted, nor will you receive a refund for the class.

Certificates. Core of Knowledge certificates will be issued at the conclusion of the training session for all participants who successfully complete all requirements set forth for the course.

Child care is not provided during workshops. Workshops provided by Child Care Links are intended for adults only. Please make other arrangements for care of your children during workshop hours.

Workshop locations. The majority of workshops are held at the Child Care Links main office, 1101 North Point Boulevard, Suites 112 & 129. Should your workshop be held at an off-site location, you will be notified upon or at registration of the address and directions.

Child Care Links addresses available, affordable, quality child care issues in Baltimore County. Child Care Links is committed to expanding and enhancing the quality of child care in Baltimore County by helping parents, child care providers, and the community understand and implement the indicators of quality enabling all children to receive optimum early care and education experiences. Child Care Links is committed to enhancing the quality of the child care delivery system in Baltimore County by providing pertinent resources, training, and referrals to families, child care providers, and the community.

Business Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm Friday 8:30am-4:00pm Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 Training Department: 410-288-5942 Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm LOCATE Child Care Maryland Family Network 1-877-261-0060 Monday-Friday 9:30am-3:30pm www.mdchildcare.org

Inclement Weather Policy. Please note that the training department of Child Care Links follows the Baltimore County Public School Systems inclement weather policy for closings and delayed openings. If you are scheduled for a workshop and Baltimore County schools close for inclement weather, our workshop will be canceled. During the weekend our workshops will be canceled if Baltimore County goes into Phase One of their snow emergency plan. If, for any reason, this changes, a CCL staff member will contact you. Attempts will be made to reschedule any canceled workshop.

Child Care Links Resource and Referral Agency for Baltimore County 1101 North Point Blvd. Suites 112 & 129

This publication was produced as a work for hire for the benefit of, and with funds from, the Maryland State Department of Education. This publication was produced as a work for hire for the benefit of, and with funds from, the Maryland State Department of Education.

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