On Wednesday, March 15, Governor Cooper issued his recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2023-2025, which is the first stage in this year’s budget process. First in Opportunity, the budget, contains a historic $1.5 billion investment in early education! The budget allocates funds to assist the child care workforce, make child
In August of this year the NC Infant Toddler Quality Enhancement Project, which offered technical assistance for child care providers serving infants and toddlers in all counties of the state, transitioned to become the new NC Birth-to-Three Quality Initiative (B-3QI). B-3QI is administered through Child Care Services Association as an activity of the statewide Child Care Resource & Referral Council and receives its funding from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. The initiative took a necessary five-month pause in normal service delivery to receive professional development training and to plan new offerings to meet the needs of NC birth-to-three providers.
Many first-time early childhood administrators take on their role as leaders and managers filled with enthusiasm and eagerness to make a meaningful contribution to high-quality interactions and strong relationships with children, families and staff in their child care programs. Strong leadership and managerial skills are required to approach the immense
Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is proud to offer two education-based salary supplement programs in North Carolina. The Child Care WAGE$® Program issued its first checks in 1994 in one county and as of 2023, is available in 63 counties across the state with funding from local Smart Start partnerships that choose to participate and the Division of Child Development and Early Education. Funding partnerships determine compensation amounts and some of the program’s eligibility requirements, and supplements are issued to qualifying educators working with children birth to 5. Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® started in 2018 and expanded eligibility in July 2023, rebranding as Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus. Funded solely by the Division of Child Development and Early Education, the supplements are available in all 100 counties to qualifying educators working with children birth through age 2 at least 30 hours per week.
Read our planning guide for summer options. Use our Essentials for Choosing Summer Camps (en español) and Checklist (en español) publication as a guide to choosing the summer camps and activities for school-aged children and teens in the Triangle and beyond. In this publication from CCSA’s Child Care Referral Central
By Katherine Toro Guerrero & Cecilia Gaytan Avila, Family Support PreK Being an advocate means knowing how to ensure that your child gets the help he or she needs to be successful. For children who experience learning difficulties, it’s never too early to start looking for ways to help them