Child Care Services Association’s vision is that all children have equitable access to affordable, high-quality early care and education to lay the foundation for successful life outcomes.

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’s mission is to lead efforts to strengthen accessible and affordable quality early care and education by providing supports for families, communities and the workforce.

As a nonprofit organization and United Way member, we are proud to be a leader in early care and education systems on local, state and national levels.

Program Highlights

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

Professional Development

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$® 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.

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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.

Program Development

We offer coaching, technical assistance, professional development opportunities and more.

Healthy Beginnings

From nutrition to behavior to homelessness services, we can help you provide healthy beginnings for all children.

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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.

In-Depth Studies

Read about topics such as childhood systems and child care workforce.​

NC ECE Data Repository

Search the NC ECE Data Repository and download child care fact sheets.​

Other Resources

See CCSA’s list of national and North Carolina-specific data resources.

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.

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Latest News

  • Appreciating AWARD$ Plus: Doris Lee

    Doris Lee is a Dare County Early Childhood Professional and onsite Administrator of a 4 star licensed facility. She is a strong advocate for Early Childhood and strives every day to be an influential resource to her fellow teachers, the children and their families as she serves in the field. She wants to raise awareness about how child care needs are not being met, including fair compensation for early educators, and the resources that are not available. Doris said, “AWARD$ Plus allows me to be able to take care of my financial obligations along with my living expenses. Our line of work deserves competitive wages for teachers and administrators to feel appreciated and respected as they fight the good fight. Early childhood educators shouldn’t be financially struggling to maintain the basics of everyday life all because they chose to work with children.” 
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  • Appreciating AWARD$ Plus: Veronica Pigford

    Veronica Pigford loves working with two-year-olds, but she didn’t start with this age group. “I came here for a summer job when I was working in the public school system and I just fell in love with infants and toddlers,” Veronica said. “I love all the children, but I am so happy working with the twos. They love you so much. They cling to you. They appreciate you and are eager to learn new things. I really like being part of that.”
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