Why is CCR&R so important?
CCR&R services give parents the information they need to make the right decisions so they can take care of their families:
- In North Carolina, an estimated 64% of children under the age of six and 72% of children 6-12 live in homes where all parents work, resulting in a significant need for child care.
- Research shows that child care is a basic need that makes a significant difference in the economic health and security of families. It helps families sustain their participation in the workforce, reduce dependency on public assistance, and become more financially stable.
CCR&R services give child care providers the knowledge and skills they need to ensure that children’s early experiences in child care lay the foundation for success in school and life:
- In May 2010, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) released a report that found that quality child care has a long-lasting impact on a child’s development, behavior and cognitive abilities.
- Positive child outcomes, however, depend on high-quality care. In North Carolina, 4 out of every 10 children in child care do not have access to high quality care (4- or 5-star care).
CCR&R services give child care businesses the tools and strategies they need to survive and thrive:
- North Carolina has 8,376 regulated child care programs employing over 46,000 individuals. These businesses contribute to the state’s economy through purchases of goods and services provided by other businesses in their communities.