Care and Learning CandL

Early education should be possible for every young child.

Access to strong early childhood programs is critical for child development, and for North Carolina’s working families. 

More than half of families in our state live in a child care desert – with three or more eligible children for every child care spot available. 

Low teacher wages are contributing to a statewide shortage of early childhood teachers. Parents face a shrinking number of child care choices, making it harder to work and support their families – unless we rebuild a stronger system now. 

Get Involved

Join the CandL Campaign

Are you an early childhood educator? A parent of young children? Do you want to be more involved in efforts to rebuild child care and early education in our state for the long-term? 

Contact our Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Tiffany Gladney, to find out how you can plug in to the Care and Learning initiative. Email Tiffany or sign up for email updates about CandL from the NC Early Childhood Foundation.

Resources from NC Child

Fact Sheet: Improving Child Care Subsidy Rates
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Fact Sheet: Early Childhood Educators in the Coverage Gap
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Making Early Care and Learning Affordable for Families
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More ways to get involved

Together with partners, NC Child is part of several important initiatives promoting a strong early childhood system in North Carolina, including:

Join the Worthy Wages Campaign from the NC Early Education Coalition. Early educators deserve worthy wages for worthy work.

Pathways to Grade-Level Reading

Think Babies NC