Early Childhood System Studies
Child Care Services Association receives grants to conduct studies of various aspects of the early care and education system. Past studies have included examination of various aspects of the child care subsidy system, the status of the early care and education system for infants and toddlers in North Carolina, a look at child care in the Triangle, an examination of careers available to the early care and education workforce and an overview of the policy framework for North Carolina’s entire early care and education system. Most of these studies look at data on our state’s system and sub-systems through a policy lens. Often these studies include policy recommendations to help advance the early care and education system for our young children in the state. Below you will find some of the most current results of these studies.
Durham County Preschool Supply and Demand Study
In the fall of 2017 Durham County contracted with CCSA to conduct a countywide assessment of the supply and demand of early care and education services in the County. This Supply and Demand report provides new information about parents and their current preschool choices and arrangements, as well as their preferences. Through the use of this report, policy makers can begin to understand the value that parents put on preschool education, including those who are not currently using child care or preschool programs. The report helps refine the assessment of available preschool spaces by providing information about targeted enrollment of three and four year olds and identifies gaps in the early care and education community in the County.
June 2018 Reports
Who’s Caring for Our Babies? Early Care and Education in North Carolina
Since the previous Who’s Caring For Our Babies? report in 2008, the state of North Carolina has made great strides in improving the quality of care for children birth through five years of age. Preschoolers (3-5 year olds) have seen a great increase in the quality and availability of care in the past eight years. However, the improvement in quality and availability of care for infants and toddlers, while certainly better, has not been as great. Similarly, improvements in quality and availability of early care and education for children receiving subsidy is also noted. This study examines care in 2016 and shows how it has changed since 2008.
Region 1 – Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties
Region 2 – Beaufort, Craven, Hyde, Pamlico, Tyrell and Washington counties
Region 3 – Carteret, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Pitt and Onslow counties
Region 4 – Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender and Sampson counties
Region 5 – Anson, Cumberland, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties
Region 6 – Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties
Region 7 – Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties
Region 8 – Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain and Transylvania counties
Region 9 – Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Iredell, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties
Region 10 – Ashe, Alleghany, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties
Region 11 – Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties
Region 12 – Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties
Region 13 – Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee and Wayne counties
Region 14 – Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Warren and Wilson counties
The State of Child Care in the Triangle
CCSA works with child care providers and businesses to improve the quality of available child care by offering training, technical assistance, educational scholarships, nutrition resources, salary supplements and more. These reports are designed to further inform and educate all those invested in the availability, affordability and quality of area child care.
The State of Child Care in Region 12
For the first time, CCSA is pleased to provide a companion piece to our biannual Triangle report, addressing child care in the broader region. This report provides data on Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties. Like the Triangle report, this publication is intended to inform and educate the larger community on child care issues in the greater region beyond the Triangle.
Find the right early childhood career for you!
From child care providers to trainers, regulators and consultants, there is a wide variety of job opportunities available in the field of early childhood. This directory is intended to help you explore the many careers available in early childhood and learn more about the steps you might take to obtain a certain position. It also includes a list of local community colleges that offer programs in early childhood. If you would like to learn more about a particular career path or the educational resources available to help you along the way, contact Child Care Services Association at (919) 967-3272.
The Impact of the Recession on Child Care Centers in North Carolina
A statewide survey published by the North Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Council (NC CCR&R) in September 2009: The Impact of the Recession on Child Care Centers in North Carolina
North Carolina Early Childhood Systems Study
Child Care Services Association partnered with national researchers and experts in the North Carolina early care and education system to conduct the 2005 North Carolina Early Childhood Systems Study. We hope that the findings of the study will help you better understand the early care and education system that provides opportunities for children, families, businesses and our economy.Most studies review each piece of the early care and education system individually to determine if that particular piece of the system is working as intended. This study, however, focused on the system as a whole, by asking such questions as: How are the various pieces of the system working together? Where are there strengths? Where are there gaps?Although the study shows that we have come a long way in building our early care and education system in North Carolina, we do still have gaps that impede our ability to maximize the potential of our youngest citizens and to fully utilize this system for economic development.