NCDHHS to Extend Compensation Portion of  Stabilization Grant

Grant support to boost compensation for North Carolina’s early care and learning teachers and staff will continue through December 2023, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today.

 Busting the Myths

The NC Institute for Child Development Professionals has created a great resource to help better understand Early Childhood Educators and their important work and break down some of the typical stereotypes and myths about our field.  Check it out!

Potential Changes for the NC Teacher Licensure Model Process

Learn more about the potential changes being discussed for the state’s teacher licensure process.

DCDEE Releases an Update (Jan. 13, 2022) to the “COVID” Toolkit

Access the latest version of the ChildCareStrong NC Public Health Toolkit to assist NC early childhood/child care programs with COVID related questions, concerns and policies.

Did your program apply for a stabilization grant?  Here are some great resources from the Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System to assist you as a child care provider (or a lead agency assisting the workforce) in implementing and utilizing the child care stabilization grants.  

COVID-19 Resources for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Field

Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child has developed an extensive list of national resources to support the ECE field during the COVID 19 pandemic. You can find the resources here.

In addition, you can find helpful NC COVID-19 Early Childhood resources through the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education and the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center and the NC Early Education Coalition

The Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession

The Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession was developed over the last three years by a task force of 15 leading national organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which facilitated this collective effort. Together, these organizations, which represent members of the early childhood field working across states, settings, and age bands, partnered with a diverse range of stakeholders and more than 11,000 individuals to produce the Unifying Framework.  Learn more about the Power to the Profession initiative here.

Your Voice Counts

The NC Early Education Coalition (Coalition) is the only statewide advocacy coalition dedicated to promoting high quality, accessible and affordable child care in NC.

Through research and advocacy, the Coalition builds partners with early childhood educators, early care and education providers, Smart Start, child care resource and referrals agencies, higher education and others to improve programs and policies and/or increase funding for low income families through child care subsidy, scholarships and wage supplements for early educators, NC Pre-K, Smart Start and more.  Learn how you can become involved and become a member of the Coalition.

What’s Happening?

Institute End of the Year Fundraising Campaign

These past couple of years have been difficult for our field, for families and for young children.  Early care and education programs are struggling and many in our workforce have left the field to stay home or to find better-paying jobs. Our work is more important than ever, as we try to build back a better early childhood professional development AND compensation system for our early childhood professionals. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to do our work. We are an IRS-approved tax-exempt organization. Your help would be much appreciated.  Donate here.

Come and Lean-In and Learn With Us on Oct. 21 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The Institute presents “Making Real Change to Address Equity Issues in Early Childhood Education”

Join us as we learn about strategies both nationally and in NC to address Equity Issues in Early Childhood Education.
Dr. LaWanda Wesley will share specific strategies and information about the equity initiative work she led in Oakland, CA. In addition, we will hear from state leaders, Ariel Ford and Jenna Nelson, regarding equity initiatives here in NC, along with responses from NC Child Care providers Norma Honeycutt and Anna Mercer-McLean.

Register for this event here! 

Equity in ECE Oct. Flyer Final

Save the Date!  Dec. 9, 2022 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

“Investment, Innovation & Action: Strategies in NC to Revive the Early Care & Education System in a “Post” Pandemic Era”

More details coming soon!

Lean In and Learn 2022 Save the Dates


The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) released the 2020 Early Childhood Workforce Index, which provides a state-by-state look at policies and conditions affecting the early childhood workforce.  Access NC’s state profile here.

NAEYC Releases Brief for the ECE field navigating through COVID

Navigating Relief:  An Overview of the Help that May Be Available for Child Care Providers- Feb. 2021

2019 NC Child Care Workforce Study

The 2019 NC Child Care Workforce Study, led by Child Care Services Association (CCSA) with funding from the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE),was published in September 2020.  Data were collected from programs in all 100 counties across the state. Find out more about the ECE Workforce in NC as well as comparisons from similar studies in previous years.

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