Child Care Services Association (CCSA) established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help families and child care programs in North Carolina with urgent and long-term expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CCSA’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, in partnership with our CCR&Rs and Smart Start Partnerships across the state, will serve child care programs that are open and serving the families of essential workers. Once the immediate crisis has passed and operations return to normal, CCSA will shift its focus and work to support families that need help paying for child care.
The CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund will retain flexibility to respond to any evolving and emerging needs. The initial priority is to address the needs of families and child care programs in local communities in North Carolina. Donate and learn more about how you can help support high quality child care in North Carolina.
Child care is the backbone of our nation’s economy
As COVID-19 continues to spread, we are experiencing now what the early childhood field has always known – child care is the backbone of our nation’s economy.
For decades, we have failed to invest the public dollars needed to ensure that all families have access to high quality, affordable child care and that providers and their educators are well compensated and supported for their critical work. We must act swiftly to protect our families and the child care programs on which they depend.
What we do now to protect and support the backbone of our nation’s economy will have an enduring impact on our future. Without immediate action, many children will miss the early education that is vital to their early development, families may never recover financially from this pandemic and hundreds of child care programs are at risk of going out of business permanently.
That is why Child Care Services Association established the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund. CCSA also administers the Ramsey Tremalgia Fund, which provides child care scholarships to families, along with scholarship programs for UNC-Chapel Hill, Durham’s Partnership for Children, Durham Children’s Initiative, United Way and other organizations to ensure that all children have access to high quality child care.
Donate now to help our young children, their families and the child care programs that mean so much to their future success.
To give, click Donate below and designate your donation to COVID-19.
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