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. 

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 Early Childhood Education Project Director, Shanda Sumpter, to find out how you can plug in to the Care and Learning initiative. Email Shanda or sign up for email updates about CandL from the NC Early Childhood Coalition.

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.

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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FAQs

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