The NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) has announced that the application for child care stabilization grants will open in mid-October! All licensed child care programs, including private for- or not-for-profit community-based childcare programs, family child care homes, and faith-based (GS 110) programs are eligible to apply. Learn more by attending a webinar.

COVID-19 Rescue Funding  headed to NC for the Child Care Industry

Read the details from the White House fact sheet here.

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?

Upcoming Webinar:  ECE Model Salary Scale

Oct. 5 from 1-2 p.m.

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Join the NC Worthy Wages Campaign for ECE!

 “It is up to us to make sure policymakers recognize the value of the early childhood workforce and provide them with adequate pay and benefits.  We need you to join us in this fight!“- Michele Rivest, Senior Campaign Director, NC Early Education Coalition


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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