Early Childhood System Studies

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Child Care Services Association receives grants to conduct studies of various aspects of the early care and education system.  Past studies have included examination of various aspects of the child care subsidy system, the status of the early care and education system for infants and toddlers in North Carolina, a look at child care in the Triangle, an examination of careers available to the early care and education workforce and an overview of the policy framework for North Carolina’s entire early care and education system.  Most of these studies look at data on our state’s system and sub-systems through a policy lens.  Often these studies include policy recommendations to help advance the early care and education system for our young children in the state.  Below you will find some of the most current results of these studies.

The State of Child Care in the Triangle
CCSA works with child care providers and businesses to improve the quality of available child care by offering training, technical assistance, educational scholarships, nutrition resources, salary supplements and more. These reports are designed to further inform and educate all those invested in the availability, affordability and quality of area child care.

Download   The State of Child Care in the Triangle – 2015
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 The State of Child Care in the Triangle – 2013
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Download The State of Child Care in the Triangle – 2011
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NEW!  The State of Child Care in Region 12
For the first time, CCSA is pleased to provide a companion piece to our biannual Triangle report, addressing child care in the broader region.  This report provides data on Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties.  Like the Triangle report, this publication is intended to inform and educate the larger community on child care issues in the greater region beyond the Triangle.

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Find the right early childhood career for you!
From child care providers to trainers, regulators and consultants, there is a wide variety of job opportunities available in the field of early childhood. This directory is intended to help you explore the many careers available in early childhood and learn more about the steps you might take to obtain a certain position. It also includes a list of local community colleges that offer programs in early childhood. If you would like to learn more about a particular career path or the educational resources available to help you along the way, contact Child Care Services Association at (919) 967-3272.

Download Careers in Early Childhood: A North Carolina Directory
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The Impact of the Recession on Child Care Centers in North Carolina – A statewide survey published by the North Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Council (NC CCR&R) in September 2009.

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Who’s Caring for Our Babies Now?  Revisiting the 2005 Profile of Early Care and Education for Children Birth to Three in North Carolina.
Since 2005, the state of North Carolina has made great strides in improving the quality of care for children birth to five years of age.  Preschoolers have seen a great increase in the quality and availability of care in the last three years.  However, the improvement in quality and availability of care for infants and toddlers has not been as great.  This study examines care in 2008 and shows how it has changed since 2005.

2008 Reports

Download 2008 Infant & Toddler State Report – Executive Summary 
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North Carolina Early Childhood Systems Study 
Child Care Services Association partnered with national researchers and experts in the North Carolina early care and education system to conduct the 2005 North Carolina Early Childhood Systems Study. We hope that the findings of the study will help you better understand the early care and education system that provides opportunities for children, families, businesses and our economy.

Most studies review each piece of the early care and education system individually to determine if that particular piece of the system is working as intended. This study, however, focused on the system as a whole, by asking such questions as: How are the various pieces of the system working together? Where are there strengths? Where are there gaps?

Although the study shows that we have come a long way in building our early care and education system in North Carolina, we do still have gaps that impede our ability to maximize the potential of our youngest citizens and to fully utilize this system for economic development.

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