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Serving Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties in North Carolina.

All early care and education and school-age programs identified by Child Care Resources Inc. (CCRI) are regulated by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education or are exempt from licensing. CCRI does not license, endorse or recommend any particular program, nor can CCRI assure you that a program offers or delivers quality care. You are strongly encouraged to visit and carefully interview several programs. Check references before making your decision. A specific program identified by CCRI does not constitute a recommendation as to the quality of care.

Call us. We can help you find a child care solution that works for your family.


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Quality Counts

When it comes to early learning, the first five years of your child’s life matter most.

During the preschool years, your child’s brain is growing at its most rapid pace and is sculpted by high-quality interactions and play. Talking, singing, reading and playing with your child are all good ways to promote curiosity, build knowledge, and teach the skills that will help your child become ready for school.

If you work outside the home – as most parents of young children do – then you want to be sure that your child is learning and growing and being well-cared for by nurturing adults every day. That means choosing a quality child care program.

We've put together a list of steps and companion brochures to better assist you in selecting a quality child care program:

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NC Parent Power

Be in the know.

When you subscribe to NC Parent Power, you receive up to four text messages each month with information based on your child’s age (birth to five). Text messages address a range of child development and parenting topics such as the importance of reading; learning through play; healthy eating; physical activity; and outdoor time.

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Text NCPARENT to 99000

Affording Quality
Child Care

Your child is priceless. Child care is expensive.

The cost of child care for the first five years is now $54,000 (average cost of center-based care in Mecklenburg County). That’s more than in-state tuition to a 4-year college or university.

Child Care Resources Inc. works with families across the economic spectrum to find child care solutions that work for you and your family.

That’s where our hard-working Child Care Search team comes in. Give them a call – they love helping parents and families find quality affordable child care programs.

Child Care Financial Aid

Under contract to Mecklenburg County and Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, CCRI administers child care financial aid to help income-eligible families better afford the cost of quality  child care. What do these funds do?

  • Enable families to work and/or attend school to move closer to economic self-sufficiency
  • Help teen parents stay in school
  • Help ensure that children from low-income families have equal access to quality early learning programs

How to Apply

Tax Credits

Child Care Resources Inc. also encourages families to find out if they qualify for state and federal tax credits that can save families thousands of dollars annually. Click here for more information (Spanish).