Rebuilding Child Care

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.

Even before COVID-19 hit, many North Carolina communities faced a child care shortage. 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.

For child care providers, the pandemic has added many operating costs, but revenues have tanked. Low teacher wages are contributing to a statewide shortage of early childhood teachers. Parents face even fewer child care choices, making it harder than ever to go back to work – unless we rebuild a stronger system now.

Get Involved

Don’t let kids lose out on early education!

Young children & their families deserve reliable, quality child care that lets parents work and puts young children on track for success in school and in life. With relief funds long gone, our nation’s child care system is under massive strain. The good news: There is a strong movement in Congress to provide new investments to sustain the child care sector for the long haul.

Join the 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 Early Education Campaign Manager, Shanda Sumpter, to find out how you can plug in and share your expertise. Email Shanda.

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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Fact Sheet: Futures Dimmed: The impact of eligibility cuts and fee increases on child care access
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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