All children have equitable access to affordable, high quality early care and education to lay the foundation for successful life outcomes.
CCSA leads efforts to strengthen accessible and affordable quality early care and education by providing supports for families, communities and the workforce.
On October 28, 2021, the White House released the framework of the Build Back Better, a historic set of policies and investments in children and families. Child Care Services Association and its T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center applauds the framework released today that puts children’s and families’ health, economic security, and child care and preschool at the center of our national investments, reaping benefits for all of us. We call on Congress to get to the finish line and put this important legislation on the President’s desk as soon as possible as we continue to push for paid leave, a necessary component of child and family well-being. We urge states to apply for both the new child care and preschool programs that together build a better system of early learning. Children and families have waited long enough; let’s get to work to make the better future start now.
We Stand Together: A Statement on Behalf of CCSA and CCSA’s Board
Black and Brown lives matter. Child Care Services Association stands in solidarity and action in demanding racial justice and accountability across our country.
We hope that together we will work to build just communities where all people demand inclusive systems concerning all human life. We condemn the generations of injustice for Black and Brown people and the systemic inequalities in our society based solely on skin color.
We must join together to recognize personal implicit and explicit biases and talk about, confront and respond to racism in our homes, neighborhoods, communities and schools. We each have a role to play, as early childhood educators, administrators, faculty, students, advocates and parents.
Not only are we obligated to reflect and act in the roles we have, but we believe there is a formal professional duty for early childhood educators to take action to speak up for the safety of all our children and their parents. Child Care Services Association remains committed to doing our part to end systemic racial inequity.
The Importance of Child Care
In many ways, our preschool years determine our future competitive role in the global economy, the public safety of our communities, the cost-effective investment of public and private dollars, and the success of welfare reform. When child care becomes necessary for families, quality child care becomes critical for children. If done well, child care benefits us all.
What do we mean when we say “child care?”
Child care is the fee-based early education and care services a child receives in a center or home-based setting when not in the direct care of a parent. The safe, nurturing environment of quality child care may support a child’s need for early education, a parent’s need to work or attend school, or a child’s need for a healthy meal and protection resulting from a family crisis.
How does CCSA help in the child care field?
CCSA provides free referral services to families seeking child care, financial assistance to families who cannot afford quality child care, technical assistance to child care businesses, and educational scholarships and salary supplements to child care providers through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® programs. CCSA licenses its successful programs to states across the country and provides consultation to others addressing child care concerns.
Child Care Services Association is a proud member of the Think Babies™ NC Alliance Leadership Team. The Think Babies™ NC Alliance seeks to ensure that North Carolina’s youngest children, prenatal to age 3, benefit from effective and equitable public policies, programs and funding so that all children have what they need to thrive: healthy beginnings, supported families and quality early care and learning experiences. Visit www.ThinkBabiesNC.org to learn more and get involved.
Serving a Broad Community
Headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, CCSA is a leader and advocate in child care services on the local, state and national level. We collaborate with many partners, businesses and stakeholders to address needs within the child care system. We are only one part of the broader community’s commitment to create changes that helps every child. As we grow, we come closer to the day when all children, and their teachers, have the tools they need for success.