CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund

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About the Relief Fund

In light of the pandemic, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) created the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund for child care programs. CCSA has always played a role in helping child care programs provide the highest quality early learning experience for our state’s youngest children. Now that programs are struggling to meet the needs of our workforce and families returning to work, CCSA will be a lifeline for programs to get the tools and resources they need during this challenging time.

Thank you to North Carolina’s Smart Start network and CCR&Rs for collaborating on Phase I of the relief fund. Applications for Phase II of the relief fund are now closed.

Visit this page often for updates.

CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase I Report

In March 2020, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) partnered with Smart Start to create the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund, supported by generous contributions from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the Truist Charitable Fund, ChildTrust Foundation and other private donors. The grants distributed in Phase I of the relief fund helped approximately 700 child care programs across North Carolina during an incredibly challenging time for child care.

On behalf of CCSA and all the child care programs across the state, we offer our most sincere gratitude to the donors, Smart Start and everyone who played a part in this effort to support child care in North Carolina during these challenging times.  


CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase II Report

A full report of Phase II will be released soon. View the programs funded here.

News about the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund

October 19, 2020: CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund receives requests for more than $1.5 million from North Carolina child care programs

July 20, 2020: CCSA COVID-19 Child Care Relief Fund Opens for Phase II

May 7, 2020: CCSA COVID-19 Early Learning Relief Fund Receives $100,000 Grant from the PNC Foundation

April 15, 2020: CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund Receives $100,000 contribution from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

March 25, 2020: Child Care Services Association Starts COVID-19 Relief Fund

Notable Funders of the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund


Support North Carolina Child Care Programs

Your donation today directly helps early childhood educators and workers across our state best care for the children of essential workers and of families returning to work. COVID-19 has left child care programs to operate in extreme circumstances while providing safe and loving care to children. Child care educators are serving children and families with dwindling supplies, limited personal protective gear and increased health and safety guidelines. You can immediately help us solve this problem.

Your support will help North Carolina child care programs struggling to meet the needs of essential workers and families returning to work.