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Whether you’re in need of educational scholarships, wage and scholarship support, technical assistance and professional development or help with providing healthy beginnings in your child care program—CCSA programs make it easy for those working with young children to get support locally, statewide and nationally.


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Programs News

  • Governor Cooper’s Proposed Budget, Funds WAGE$ Fully in North Carolina

    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.
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  • A Goal to Thrive

    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$® Plus. Funded solely by the Division of Child Development and Early Education, the supplements are available in all 100 counties to qualifying educators working with children birth through age 2 at least 30 hours per week.
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  • Incentivizing Education and Quality: I am WAGE$ with Stephanie Marshall

    “WAGE$ makes me want to keep going with my coursework. I love what I do, but there is not a lot of money in it. WAGE$ is an incentive to do it, to keep going because there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. My supplement increases with more classes. Who doesn’t like getting more money for more education when that coursework also helps change your life? You have education and you have money. It is a win-win. I don’t want to lose my supplement. It’s a big incentive.”
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