Child Care Resource Achieves National Quality Accreditation

first_imgWilliston, VT – Child Care Resource of Williston was recently awarded full accreditation by the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). The Chittenden County agency was recognized at a regional NACCRRA meeting in Albany, NY and again in Washington, DC. QAP is a national, voluntary, quality assurance system for community child care resource and referral programs. The program is designed to ensure that families across the country have access to consistent, high-quality consumer education and referral services. Kathie Mercia, Director of Subsidy, Resource and Referral, headed up the two-year accreditation process.Child Care Resource is a nonprofit agency founded in 1984. It serves the needs of Chittenden County families who need help searching and/or paying for child care, as well as offering workshops and trainings throughout the year for child care professionals. To learn more, visit www.childcareresource.org(link is external).last_img read more

AUDIO: Arsenal – Chelsea clash analyzed on JoySports/BBC two way series

first_imgThe BBC’s Lee James joined Joy Sports George Addo Jnr on this week’s edition of the Joy Sports/BBC two way series. The conversation this week was mainly about the big game this weekend between defending champions Chelsea and league leaders Arsenal.Other interesting fixtures to look forward to this weekend are Manchester United at home against Southampton, Crystal Palace up against Tottenham and Leicester City at home to Stoke City.Click link to listen to this week’s conversation.last_img read more

NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot to retire

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country NASA’s acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, who has led the agency since January 2017, announced today that he will be retiring effective 30 April. The move places pressure on President Donald Trump’s administration and the Senate to secure long-term leadership for the agency.Last September, the White House nominated Representative Jim Bridenstine (R–OK) to lead NASA. Bridenstine’s nomination has been advanced by the committee overseeing the agency, but it has stalled in the Senate because of opposition from Democrats and, especially, two senators from Florida, Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R). Both have expressed their preference that a “space professional” lead the agency.Rubio also has personal reasons to oppose the nomination: Bridenstine actively opposed his 2016 presidential bid in campaign ads for Senator Ted Cruz (R–TX). 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot to retire Robert Lighfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, testifies before Congress earlier this year. NASA/Bill Ingalls/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Rubio’s opposition, and the absence of Senator John McCain (R–AZ), who is undergoing cancer treatment, means the Senate lacks the necessary 50 votes to confirm Bridenstine. Senate Democrats have flatly opposed his nomination, citing remarks he has made in the past expressing skepticism about human contributions to climate change. Lightfoot is already the longest serving acting administrator of the agency. He has steered NASA to focus back on the moon, following the guidance of the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence and Scott Pace, the executive secretary of the reconstituted National Space Council. His retirement comes as a surprise and should force the administration to act, especially because NASA lacks a deputy administrator to take over for Lightfoot, says John Logsdon, founder of The George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.”Either the Senate should vote up or down on Bridenstine, or the White House should convince him to withdraw and nominate not only a new candidate as administrator, but also a candidate for deputy,” Logsdon says. “With the president’s recent praise of NASA, he owes it to the agency to provide with a worthy successor to Lightfoot.”Some House Republicans, including a fellow Oklahoman, echoed this view in interviews last week with E&E News. “I would hope whatever the circumstances are in the United States Senate, at some point we’ll decide the future of NASA’s importance—either confirm this guy or get a new guy,” Representative Frank Lucas (R–OK) told Climatewire.Lightfoot did not give a reason for his departure. In news that’s likely related, the agency announced late last week that another civilian, Steve Jurczyk, will now serve as NASA’s acting associate administrator, the position that Lightfoot previously held and the agency’s highest ranking civilian slot.The administration will need to name a new acting administrator to lead NASA, but it is not clear who is on that list.last_img read more