In collaboration with Durham’s Partnership for Children, Child Care Services Association is celebrating the nationally recognized Week of the Young Child from April 1 to 7, 2023. The Week of the Young Child is a time to focus on early childhood education and celebrate the importance of the early years
Child care demand continues to rise, but the workforce hasn’t fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. The early childhood education (ECE) workforce faces higher operating costs, minimal staff and increasing attrition rates. This leaves parents with fewer options for child care – the question becomes less what will be most beneficial for the child, but instead which facility has the shortest waitlist.
In this annual report, you will see the remarkable work child care providers have done to give children the stability and certainty they need during a time when instability still controls 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 as we see through this pandemic.
Dr. Kristi Snuggs has officially joined us as Child Care Services Association’s (CCSA) new President, leading our staff and driving the overall vision of CCSA. Prior to this role, Dr. Snuggs was the Deputy Director of the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE). In this role, she
In 2021, CCSA’s Board of Directors adopted a three-year strategic plan with a new mission and a first-ever vision and set of core values, all of which are found here. Focused both externally on the ECE workforce and building awareness and internally on our infrastructure and systems, its goals include:
Dionne Blackwell, the Director and Owner of Growing Legacy Early Learning Center, has been in the child care field for 14 years. What began as a summer job turned into “a passion and a motivator,” leading her to earn a degree in early childhood education. Dionne says that Child Care