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, 7 out of every 10 children in child care have access to 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 6,402 regulated child care programs employing close to 42,000 individuals.* These businesses contribute to the state’s economy through purchases of goods and services provided by other businesses in their communities.
* July 2017 NC Division of Child Development and Early Education