Child Care Services Association works to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all children and families.
CCSA improves the quality of child care in North Carolina for all children by helping families find child care, offering informational events for families, professional development opportunities and programs for providers, and comprehensive child care research for policymakers.
How CCSA Helps
CCSA works to improve child care for families and providers on local, state, and national levels. As a non-profit agency and United Way member, we’re proud to be an industry leader in early care and education systems.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship NC provides debt-free college education with comprehensive scholarships for the early education workforce. T.E.A.C.H. is also offered nationally through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center
The education level of early childhood teachers has been linked with quality care in numerous research studies. CCSA offers a variety of professional development opportunities to support high-quality services, and actively encourages providers to enroll in early childhood courses.
Child Care WAGE$®
The Child Care WAGE$® NC program provides tiered education-based salary supplements to teachers, directors and family child care educators in North Carolina. The goal is better-educated teachers and better outcomes for children.
We offer a wide range of services to help families find, evaluate and pay for quality child care.
Find Child Care
Child Care Referral Central offers free and convenient ways to obtain referrals to child care in your area.
Evaluate Child Care
When families need child care, it’s important that their children are enrolled in the highest quality care possible.
Pay for Child Care
Quality child care can be expensive. We provide a number of resources for families to get help paying for child care.
Our work helps educators and directors provide quality child care services to families.
Wage & Scholarship Support
Whether you’re just getting started or already working in child care, we have a variety of wage support options and scholarships for furthering education.
From nutrition to behavior to homelessness services, we can help you provide healthy beginnings for all children.
To keep our staff and community safe, to continue business operations in service of our mission, and to do our part to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, CCSA has closed to public walk-ins and face-to-face appointments as of Wednesday, March 18.
To read a full statement from CCSA President Marsha Basloe, explore COVID-19 resources for families, providers and more, and to find contact information for use during the pandemic, please see our COVID-19 resources page.
In order to improve an early care and education (ECE) system, comprehensive accurate data which identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the system must first be collected. Therefore, our research department conducts a broad array of studies to address issues related to early care and education.
How to Support CCSA Research & More
Our work results in enormous benefits for children families and the community. Your gift may help fund our research, support a parent who is starting a new job, or assist a child care teacher who wants to finish an early childhood education degree.
Help us make sure every child has a good start to lifelong learning in a safe, nurturing, quality environment.
- In this report, you will see the remarkable work that child care providers have done to give children the stability and certainty they need during a time when instability controlled every aspect of our lives. You will also see the efforts of our great CCSA staff to continue their work with children, families and child care programs through this unprecedented time.
CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund receives requests for more than $1.5 million from North Carolina child care programsNorth Carolina child care programs received more than $135,000 in grants from the Child Care Services Association (CCSA) COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase II.
- New America’s Supporting Early Educator Degree Attainment report highlights how CCSA’s comprehensive scholarship program helps early childhood educators eliminate barriers to higher education.
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