Throughout the country, states are disseminating business stabilization grants to child care programs funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed by Congress in March 2021. It has taken some time because state legislatures needed to approve the use of funding in many states (even though the federal government
Supports for child care, the early childhood workforce and early childhood homelessness were on the mind of our families, early childhood providers, advocates, politicians and communities in 2021.
The reason this pandemic economy is particularly challenging for the child care workforce is that for decades, child care was one of the lowest-paid jobs across occupations. A permanent solution to the child care workforce wage and benefit challenge is needed. Economic recovery and growth depend on it.
As we began 2021, many of us looked forward to turning the corner on the challenges of COVID-19. However, the pandemic still affects all of our lives. It has significantly impacted the early childhood education field in ways that are not currently adequately addressed. Yet we have begun to see
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.
A new survey finds that NC child care providers are finding it difficult to hire and retain qualified staff as the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.