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Requirements

RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS – BASED ON COMMUNITY SIZE

Recertification requirements are the same an initial certification with the exception of requirement C4.12 for Level 4 communities. This is not required for recertification.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION BY FOCUS AREA

Community Involvement

Engaging broad community sectors (i.e. businesses, churches, civic organizations, etc.) is critical to sustainability and building appreciation of the importance of a strong early learning environment.  Failure to address early child development issues contributes to poor academic performance, increased dropout rates, crime, poverty, health issues, etc.  Providing and promoting the best early child development environment can help communities attract business and build a community of productive workers.

The items listed below correspond to each of the requirements within the Community Involvement Focus Group:
Cx.1 Suggested Coalition Member Checklist
Cx.1 Coalition Roster (Sample)
Cx.1 Coalition Member Roles and Responsibilites
Cx.1 Coalition Member Commitment Letter
Cx.1 Suggested Collaboration Partners
Cx.1 Candidate Community – Memo of Understanding
Cx.1 Certified Community – Memo of Understanding
Cx.1 Sample Coalition Organizational Chart

Cx.2 Certification Manager Roles and Responsibilities
Cx.2 Focus Area Liaison Roles and Responsibilities
Cx.2 Certification Manager & Coalition – Memo of Understanding
Cx.2 Coalition Charter
Cx.2 Coalition By-Laws
Cx.2 Coalition By-Laws Spending Request Form

Cx.3
Lead Support Partner Coalition – Memo of Understanding

Cx.3 Lead Fiscal Partner Coalition – Memo of Understanding

Cx.4
Monetary-In-Kind Tracking Sheet


Cx.5 Community Resources Assessment
        – Cx.5 Parent Survey-English
         –Cx.5 Parent Survey-Spanish
        – Cx.5 Health & Safety Survey
        – Cx.5 Child Care Provider Survey Participation and Credential Form
      
Cx.6 Sample Community Action Plans

        – C1.6 Community Action Plan Level 1 Community (Sample)
        C2.6 Community Action Plan Level 2 Community (Sample)
        – C3.6 Community Action Plan Level 3 Community (Sample)
        – C4.6 Community Action Plan Level 4 Community (Sample)

Cx.7
Coalition Meeting Minutes

Cx.7 Coalition Meeting Sign-In Sheet

Cx.9
Event Volunteer Roster Sample


C1.10 & C2.10
Community Engagement Groups – Organizations

C3.10 & C4.10 Community Resource Guide (Sample)
        – Resource Guide – Data Collection Form – Template

C1.11 & C2.11
Sample Communitywide Update Meeting – Sample Agenda

        – Sample Communitywide Update Meeting Survey Form
C3.11 & C4.11 Community Engagement Groups – Organizations

C3.12 Sample Communitywide Update Meeting – Sample Agenda
        – Sample Communitywide Update Meeting Survey Form
        – Sample Event Signin Sheet

C4.13
Sample Communitywide Update Meeting – Sample Agenda

        – Sample Communitywide Update Meeting Survey Form
        – Sample Event Signin Sheet

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS
        – Glossary of Terms
        – Sample Meeting Announcement
        – Sample Community Resolution
        – Sample Request Letter for Certification Review
        – Sample Excelebration Letter
        – Sample Excelebration Announcement
        – Graphic Standards/Guidelines (Contact State Office for additional details on usage)

Family & Parent Support

Parents and families are a child’s first and primary teachers. This focus area is designed to identify, engage and support families with children from birth to 5 years of age to utilize resources available in their community.

The items listed below correspond to each of the requirements within the Family & Parent Support Focus Group:
Fx.1 Resources & Services Agency & Coalition Memo of Understanding

Fx.3
Additional Suggested Topics

Fx.3 Parent Survey (Also included in Community Involvement section)

Fx.4
Family Resource Center Suggested Guidelines Checklist

          OTHER MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS
                  – Parents as Teachers Resource List
                  – Sample Event Signin Sheet

Early Care & Education

Focusing on collaboration with licensed and unlicensed child care facilities and staff, the aim is to help bolster continuing education. Identified child care providers are provided access to a confidential system of customized technical support to help meet the educational needs of the staff and share information about additional early learning resources. Of importance is building an inclusive collaborative environment among all categories of child care providers.

The items listed below correspond to each of the requirements within the Early Care & Education Focus Group:
Ex.2 Family Friend Neighbor Care (Formerly Nurturing Homes)

Ex.3 Child Care Provider Survey, Participation & Credential Form

Ex.4
CDA (Child Development Associate Degree) Participant Form

Ex.4 CDA (Child Development Associate Degree) Application

Ex.6
Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines-Standards

Ex.6 Staff Development Training Providers 
Ex.6 Other Approved Staff Development Trainers
Ex.6 Staff Development Training Providers       

          OTHER MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS
                  – ECERS – ITERS Information
                  – Home Childcare Provider Regulations (Subject to Change)
                  – Licensed Childcare Provider Regulations (Subject to Change)
                  – Sample Event Signin Sheet

Health

This area focuses on early detection and intervention for locally defined health issues. Each community identifies the health issues most prevalent in their area and locates available health resources and establishes a referral system. Each community is responsible for hosting a health fair for young children and their families.

The items listed below correspond to each of the requirements within the Health Focus Group:
Hx.1 Health Issues – Additional Topics

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS
        – Excel By 5 Growth Chart (Availble from State Office)
        – Health Survey (Also in Community Involvement Section)
        – Sample Health Fair Flyer
        – Sample Event Signin Sheet
        – MS Department of Health Early Intervention Specialists

REPORTING DOCUMENTATION

Listed below are the Community Certification Checklists which should submitted to the state office as required.
Candidate Communities – Monthly
Certified Communities – Quarterly, during first two years after certification and then monthly during the recertification year.

Monthly Certification Checklist – Communities with Population under 1,000 – Level 1
Monthly Certification Checklist – Communities with Population 1,000-5,000 – Level 2
Monthly Certification Checklist – Communities with Population 5,000-15,000 – Level 3
Monthly Certification Checklist – Communities with Population over 15,000 – Level 4