CCSA COVID-19 Child Care Relief Fund Opens for Phase II

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Truist Charitable Fund contributed $50,000 to support North Carolina child care programs with the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund

Chapel Hill, N.C., August 3, 2020: The Child Care Services Association (CCSA) COVID-19 Relief Fund received a $50,000 grant from the Truist Charitable Fund to support North Carolina’s child care programs. The CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund provided more than 700 child care programs small grants in Phase I through a collaborative effort with the statewide Smart Start network and the state’s child care resource and referral agencies. Applications for CCSA’s COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase II are being accepted now, and the Truist Charitable Fund contribution will support these continued efforts. Every dollar donated goes directly back into child care programs in our state.

“Child care programs are vital to our community and Truist is excited to help provide funding to serve the needs of families and essential frontline workers returning to work,” said Jordan Clark, Market President of Truist. “Truist stands to inspire and build better lives and communities; partnership with CCSA is just one example of how we want to help our communities recover from the impact of COVID-19. Child care is a key component in the foundation to help stabilize our economy, and our youth are our future workforce, so contributing to their high-quality early learning experience will help us build better lives and communities of the future.”

The COVID-19 Relief Fund serves the immediate and long-term needs of child care programs as they serve children of families returning to work, as well as essential workers on the front lines. Child care requires investment, time, attention and creativity to get through this crisis and help our state and its economy get back on its feet.

“We thank the Truist Charitable Fund for their generous support. Child care is essential for our state’s economic prosperity and economic recovery. They are the workforce behind the workforce, and that has never been more true than it is today. The child care crisis will not be solved by simply reopening child care,” said CCSA President, Marsha Basloe. “With this contribution from the Truist Charitable Fund, and others like it, we hope there will be continued support for the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund so we can help child care programs across our state.”

CCSA has always played a role in helping child care programs provide the highest quality early learning experience for our state’s youngest children. The CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase I was designed to provide small grants to child care centers and family child care homes across the state of North Carolina. Funds were available to child care programs that remained open and served the children of essential workers.

The CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund Phase II, which will provide a more extensive funding opportunity, recently opened for child care programs to support operating and staffing needs while meeting the needs of our most vulnerable children. CCSA will continue to raise funds to help programs through the recovery period. More information about the relief fund, including how you can help, can be found at

Truist Charitable Fund
Truist Financial Corporation is a purpose-driven financial services company committed to inspire and build better lives and communities. With 275 years of combined BB&T and SunTrust history, Truist serves approximately 10 million households with leading market share in many high-growth markets in the country. The company offers a wide range of services including retail, small business and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending and wealth management. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Truist is the sixth-largest commercial bank in the U.S. Truist Bank, Member FDIC. Learn more at

Child Care Services Association
Founded in 1974, the mission of Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all young children and their families. Using a holistic approach, CCSA supports children and families, helps child care professionals improve the quality of early education children receive and ensures all families can afford and access the high-quality early care and education that is so important for a child’s early development. Through its Meal Services Program, CCSA also provides nutritious meals to children at child care centers, where they may eat 50-100 percent of their meals. Our T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, Child Care WAGE$® and Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$ Plus® programs give child care professionals the means to obtain an education and supplement their salary based on that education. CCSA also licenses T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ across the U.S. and conducts early childhood systems research and policy development statewide and nationally. For more information, visit