Thank you for a wonderful 2023!

As we prepare for CCSA’s 50th Anniversary in 2024, we look back at and reflect on the exciting year that 2023 was at CCSA!

Over the past year, we have bolstered our work with community, state, and national partners and have been able to make a significant impact on alleviating financial burdens for many families through our Pre-K and scholarship programs.  The early care and learning workforce has continued to be supported and retained through our TEACH and WAGE$ programs.

We hope that you enjoy some of our highlights from the past year. We look forward to the exciting opportunities this next year brings. We are honored to work alongside all of you. Thank you for your support and partnership!

Highlights from the past year …

CCSA and Durham’s Partnership for Children (DPFC) collaborated to waive parent fees and provide bonuses for infants and toddlers. This collaboration between CCSA and DPFC has significantly alleviated financial burdens for many families during these challenging times.

CCSA and its T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center have helped raise the visibility of the organization by serving as an organizational Commission Member on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governance Commission on Professional Excellence. 

The National Center was also selected as an organizational partner for the National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center. Both the national seat on the NAEYC Governance Commission for Professional Excellence and the partnership with the National ECE Workforce Center increase visibility for CCSA across the country. 

CCSA and the TEACH NC Scholarship Program have been instrumental in helping spearhead apprenticeship as part of a collaborative partnership with the Building Bright Futures Initiative.

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Scholarship Program provided core, comprehensive scholarships to 2,333 early educators, program administrators, home-based professionals and early care and education system specialists in 92 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Child Care WAGE$® and Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus provided more than 5,600 early educators with education-based supplements.

AWARD$ Plus was notified by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) that it is being awarded a third year of the current contract, which means that infant-toddler educators will have access to these needed salary supplements for at least one more year.

Child Care Referral Central, a regional call center operated by CCSA, provided 2,695 families with child care consumer education and referral services. 

The Technical Assistance department developed a new project to support family child care homes through a Durham County ARPA grant. The Business Side of Child Care project inaugurated the first cohort of 10 licensed family child care educators. These educators graduated from an intensive business side of child professional development course and they are now receiving on-site coaching to implement the business practices and strategies they learned. A second cohort will begin the program this month.

The Birth-to-Three Quality Initiative began using a Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) approach in their support for the birth-to-three workforce throughout the state. As a result, 3,859 teachers and directors participated in professional development courses, impacting over 65,000 children throughout the state.

As you can see, 2023 was a busy but wonderful year at CCSA and we thank you for your continued support as we enter 2024!