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 67% of children under the age of six and 67% 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 August 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Early Childhood released a report supporting quality child care's improved physical and cognitive outcomes on children which can result in enhanced school readiness.**
- 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 5,746 regulated child care programs employing close to 41,000 individuals.*** These businesses contribute to the state’s economy through purchases of goods and services provided by other businesses in their communities.
*KidsCount Data Center 2019
**Pediatrics, School Readiness, August 2019, vol. 144 no. 2 e20191766
***June 2020 NC Division of Child Development and Early Education