Tell North Carolina legislators it's time to increase child care assistance for working families!
Children’s development and learning in the earliest years lay the foundation for all of the years that follow. Children who attend high-quality early education programs are better prepared for success in school—academically, socially and emotionally. But children in our state are missing out on critical early care and learning experiences, since few working families can afford the high cost of quality child care. In North Carolina, the annual cost of infant care is higher than the annual cost of college tuition at a public university.
The Child Care Subsidy Program is a two-generation program designed to help families earning at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) pay for child care while they work or attend school, while providing their children with access to quality early care and learning programs. Parents have a co-pay cost of up to 10% of their income, but child care is one of the largest expenses families face. An acute shortage of Child Care Subsidy funding exists, especially for families of infants and toddlers. Across the state, there are approximately 30,000 children on the Child Care Subsidy waiting list, and more than half are under age 3.
To learn more about child care subsidy, including what it looks like in your county, please use these resources:
Fact sheet about child care subsidy
Infographic about child care subsidy
County child care profiles
There is an urgent need to support working families with young children. Please sign the petition below to tell legislators that it's time to expand child care assistance through the Child Care Subsidy Program!