The Environment Rating Scales Are Coming to Spark!

One of the exciting additions coming to Spark is the inclusion of the Environment Rating Scales (ERS). The ERS will serve as evidence for how some Spark standards are being met, as well as provide information to guide quality improvement efforts.  The ERS are comprised of a variety of “indicators,” which are research based best practices in early childhood care and education.

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Provider Spotlight

Venetia Fields is a Certified Family Child Care Provider in St. Helens, OR. She is in the process of applying for a Star Rating through SPARK and is committed to ongoing quality improvement and professional learning. I first met Venetia at her home. We sat around the table and chatted, her with two children bouncing in her lap, she shared with me her years of experience in the field.

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Provider Spotlight

**This article represents a new feature we are making a regular happening.  We are spotlighting one early childhood professional who is currently working and making things work while highlighting a part of early childhood education and care that is important right now. This quarter, meet Jeri Normandin of Clatsop County. Jeri receives a Lakeshore Learning Gift Certificate as the Spotlight Provider. If you are interested in being in the spotlight, let us know!” –NW Regional CCRR- nwregionalccrr@nwresd.k12.or.us.  

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NEW Safe Sleep Training and Requirements

The Office of Child Care recently passed new rules around infant safe sleep. Amongst these rules is one which states if a program is found with a safe sleep violation, that OCC will notify all parents of infants enrolled in that program by mail. Very often safe sleep violations occur in child care programs as a result of parents requesting for their child to sleep in that manner.

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