Great news! Congress has increased the budget for Early Childhood programs in NC. But in past years, state leaders have diverted those funds away from child care. Please call on state leaders to invest in early childhood in North Carolina’s budget.
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The good news:
Congress has allocated an additional $18M to North Carolina for child care and early childhood programs.
The bad news:
In the past, NC’s leaders have actually diverted federal funds for child care to other programs. With tens of thousands of NC children on the waiting list for child care, the legislature’s investments in early care have stalled, leaving many families without options.
At the close of 2019, there were over 38,000 children on the waiting list for child care subsidies in NC. The cost of high-quality care is much too high for many families - around $10,000/year per child on average.
In many North Carolina communities, there is also a severe shortage of early childhood providers, with far fewer slots available than children who need them. Many licensed child care centers and in-home providers have wait lists of a year or more.
The current system we use to finance early childhood education in North Carolina does not come close to meeting the true need in our state.
Join us in calling on legislators to match the federal increase with a strong increase in state funds for early childhood.
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