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BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement system, assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs.

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Rhode Island’s Professional Development System Plan

Last week the Rhode Island Early Learning Council approved Rhode Island's Early Learning and School-Age Professional Development System Plan, developed by the council's Professional Development Work Team. 

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RI Featured in National Report: Confronting the Quiet Crisis

The national publication, Confronting the Quiet Crisis: How Chief State School Officers Are Advancing Quality Early Childhood Opportunities features information and examples of what Rhode Island's state leader, Deborah Gist is doing to advance quality early childhood opportunities.

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Limiting Screen Time for Young Children

There are many reasons why children should have less screen time (which includes TV, videos, DVDs, computer, video games, and handheld devices). One of them being that limited screen time is essential for healthy development and staying active.

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State of Family Child Care Homes in Rhode Island

Nearly two million children are in some type of family child care home setting each week. This month, NACCRRA released its latest report, Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update, which reviews state-by-state family child care program standards and oversight. Rhode Island received a low score of 60 which equates to 40 percent.

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Join Let’s Move! Child Care

The Rhode Island Department of Health has joined the National Let's Move Child Care Challenge, and is working to provide all child care sites in the state with free resources (e.g. checklists, trainings, and action plans) to help create and maintain healthy child care environments.

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Natural Playgrounds Initiative

The Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund (RICCF) is seeking three to four licensed child care centers from across Rhode Island to serve as model playspaces. Participating child care centers will receive, at no cost, conceptual design plans for a complete re-make of its playground area. Proposals are due no later than March 13, 2012 at 12:00 noon. 

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Important Changes to the “Use of Blankets” Standard in Caring for Our Children

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education announced this month an important change to a safe sleep standard in Caring for Our Children. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that blankets not be used in infant cribs. 

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Effective Expanded Learning

The AfterSchool Alliance released a new publication that defines and outlines the eight principles of afterschool best practices. The publication indicates that the eight principles are a core set of key principles that are essential to yielding the best results.

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Study Finds Barriers to Children’s Physical Activity

Three-fourths of U.S preschool-aged children are in child care, and most of their day is spent in inactive activities. The American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a study to identify potential barriers to children's physical activity in child care centers.

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Early Learning Council Focus Group Report Provides Feedback about BrightStars QRIS

As part of Rhode Island's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, the state is revising and aligning program quality regulations and standards. To seek input from key stakeholders on how DCYF regulations, BrightStars QRIS, and RIDE approval standards can be strengthened and better aligned, the state hosted a series of focus groups and open forums this fall.

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