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Tuesday Talks with DECE

Welcome to Tuesday Talks with DECE, where we will be holding virtual events on the third Tuesday of every month. These talks will provide information on important happenings within DCF's Division of Early Care and Education (DECE). We also hope these will be an easy and accessible way for you to connect and engage with us. Each talk will begin with a presentation on a pre-determined topic, followed by time for you to ask questions. View the lineup below. Subscribe to our child care listserv to receive updates on upcoming talks.

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2022 Zoom Meeting Info

Each week you can use the below information to join the Zoom meeting. Or you can download this re-occurring event for 2022 to add to your calendar.

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Meeting ID: 886 7573 9906
Passcode: 044349
Phone: 1-312-626-6799 

January-June 2023 Zoom Meeting Info

Each week you can use the below information to join the Zoom meeting. Or you can download this re-occurring event for the first half of 2023 to add to your calendar.

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Meeting ID: 884 6316 5140
Passcode: 468658
Phone: 1-312-626-6799 

Upcoming 2022 Talks

December 20, 2022

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Topic: YoungStar Transition Continued

Upcoming 2023 Talks

January 17, 2023

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Topic: TBA

February 21, 2023

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Topic: TBA

March 21, 2023

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Topic: TBA

April 18, 2023

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Topic: TBA

May 16, 2023

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Topic: TBA

June 20, 2023

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Topic: TBA

Recordings

Expand the accordions below to watch the available recordings of Tuesday Talks with DECE.

June 21, 2022: Child Care Counts

Learn the top five tips things to know about Child Care Counts, which include:

  1. CCC Impact
  2. Spending Down Payments
  3. Tracking Spending
  4. How to get the most out of CCC
  5. Resources (We're here for you!)

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante, Terra Klein, and Dan Eckhardt

Resources

July 19, 2022: Child Care Counts: Stabilization Payment Program Round 2

Child Care Counts: Stabilization Payment Program Round 2 begins in August. In this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • Important Dates and Deadlines for Round 2
  • Expanded Allowable Expenses for Program B
  • Non-Standard Hours Add-on
  • Feedback Questions – How to Prepare
  • Next Audit Letters go out Late-July 

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante, Terra Klein, Rosalva Orozco, Disa Patel, and Hilary Shager (IRP)

Resources

August 16, 2022: Child Care Counts: Stabilization Payment Program Round 2 Continued

Listen in as we continue the discussion on Child Care Counts: Stabilization Payment Program Round 2. In this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • The basics of Child Care Counts
  • Application updates for Round 2
  • Feedback questions
  • Summer/fall changes
  • Child Care Counts Call Center reminders

Speakers: Terra Klein and Rosalva Orozco

Resources

September 20, 2022: Children with Special Needs

Join us as we speak with DHS on the importance of collaboration when caring for children with special needs. In this webinar we talk about:

  • Inclusive Birth to 3 Child Care Pilot
  • Child Care Counts Add-on
  • Promoting inclusive spaces

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante, Elizabeth Mertens, and Lori Wittemann

Resources

October 18, 2022: YoungStar Transition

Join us as we speak with Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) and Shine Early Learning regarding the YoungStar administration transition. In this  webinar we talk about:

  • Background and timeline
  • What’s changing and what’s not
  • Current work by SFTA
  • Meet Shine Early Learning
  • What to expect

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante (DCF), Mark Andrews (DCF), Matricia Patterson (SFTA), Ken Taylor (Shine Early Learning), and Charlie Geier (Shine Early Learning)

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