We’ve achieved some remarkable things since 1974. Here are just a few of the things we’re proudest of:

CCSA was founded


Child Care Services Association (CCSA) began in 1974 as two independent organizations: the Durham Day Care Council in Durham County and Day Care Services Association in Orange County.

DDCC was created


The Durham Day Care Council (DDCC) was formed after the Durham United Way’s planning committee conducted an intensive study of child care needs in Durham.

DDCC opened its first child care resource and referral office


In 1976 The Day Care Council opened an office on Market Street, in Durham, and began providing resource and referral services. It is believed to be the first child care resource and referral agency in the state.

Durham Day Care Council creates health and safety guidelines for home child care facilities


Durham lead the way as a trailblazer in North Carolina. They are the first to set standards for family day care homes that are virtually unregulated. The Durham Day Care Council has long provided a list of standards for family day care homes but started visiting homes to help them meet the city building and fire safety features prior to a formal inspection. If a home passes the inspection, a certificate is awarded and made available to parents.

DCSA created the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project


Day Care Services Association (DCSA) began the pilot Child Care Teacher Education and Compensation Program, which later became the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project. With a total of $23,100 from five funding sources, including both the Durham and Orange United Ways and the Greater Triangle Community Foundation, DCSA offered scholarships to 21 teachers to attend community college and take courses leading to an associate’s degree in early childhood education.

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