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Resources at the Local Level
- Carolina Parent
Online site for local magazine that provides a variety of information
for local parents. Check the "directories" link for Triangle
area preschools and child care centers.
Care Services Association (CCSA)
Private, nonprofit, United Way agency providing lists of local
child care centers; advice on choosing a center; and free consultation
on the State of North Carolina's rating system and other licensing
issues. CCSA also houses the compliance records of providers,
and facilitates communication with the N.C. Division of Child
Development if parents have a child care complaint. It also administers
applications for child care scholarships and needs-based subsidies.
Child Development Institute
A multidisciplinary institute at UNC-Chapel Hill that conducts
research and provides outreach services, primarily focusing on
children from birth to age 8.
Daniels Center for Early Childhood
Preschool and kindergarten classrooms; training for parents, teachers,
and mental health professionals; evaluations, counseling, and
therapies for children from birth through age 11 and their families.
Resources at the State Level
- North Carolina
Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Child Development
Follow the "Parents" link to learn about state laws, rules, licensing,
and the state's star rating system (see below); to conduct a search
of regulated child care facilities; and to access checklists of
what to look for when visiting a facility.
Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center
Promotes safe and healthy child care through training and information
to consumers, child care providers, and child care health consultants.
Consumers call 1-800-367-2229 to learn more about finding high
quality child care in their community. Child care providers call
with questions about health policies in child care, regulatory
changes, and health training materials.
Resources at the National Level
- Healthy Child
Care America (HCCA)
HCCA is a collaborative effort of health professionals, child
care providers, and families working to improve the health and
safety of children in child care. Its web site includes various
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The nation's largest organization of early childhood educators,
administering the largest and most widely recognized accreditation
system for all types of early childhood schools and child care
State of North Carolina Star Rating System
Beginning in September 2001, the North Carolina Division of Child
Development began issuing star rated licenses to child care centers
and family child care homes. Ratings range from one to five stars
(5 = best), and are based on scores of 3 - 15 points (maximum of
five points each for three categories). The points are earned for
three programmatic categories: program standards, staff education
levels, and compliance history with child care regulations.
Last Reviewed: 25 October 2007
- Once a facility is licensed, it does
not have to renew that license.
- Only five percent of family child care
homes are chosen randomly for annual compliance visits.
- Each child care center is visited annually.