Because Early Learning Matters

Who We Are

Child Care Resources Inc. ("CCRI") is the go-to source for early care and education and school-age child care in this community.

What We Do

We help to ensure that all young children - particularly those at educational risk - have the kinds of early learning experiences that promote school and lifelong success.

Why We Do It

  • When it comes to early learning, the first five years of a child's life matter most.
  • Children learn best when they have consistent, nurturing relationships with adults who care, whether at home or away from home - and most children under age six live in homes where all parents present work.
  • Without child care arrangements of some sort, parents can't work.
  • Without quality child care, parents can't be productive and children can't access the early learning opportunities they need to become school ready. Parents need to know that their children are being well cared for, learning, and growing every day.
  • But child care is costly, particularly for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. In fact, child care tuition is higher than tuition at our state's public colleges and universities.
  • Still, child care tuition and fees barely generate enough revenue for program operators to recruit and retain the staff necessary to achieve and sustain high quality.

Families and child care programs need help to make child care work better...for all those who rely on it. Child Care Resources Inc. provides that help!

How We Help

Child Care Resources Inc...

  • Builds the supply of quality, affordable child care across the Central Carolinas.
  • Helps working parents find child care arrangements that work for their families.
  • Informs families about what to look for in a child care program and how to identify quality in the marketplace, so they can make the best choice for their children.
  • Helps families pay for high-quality child care that promotes learning and development.
  • Helps child care providers build knowledge and skills so they can better educate young children.
  • Delivers free and low-cost program and business consultation services at convenient times and locations to help early care and education and school-age practitioners raise the bar on quality.
  • Assesses system strengths and gaps and identifies and builds support for the emerging needs of children and families across our region.
  • Shares child care supply, demand and trends data with community planners, business leaders, developers, small business owners, and public and private sector decision-makers.
  • Helps individuals, organizations, and government agencies create responsive programs.
  • Leads the delivery of quality child care resource and referral services statewide as one of three agencies that comprise the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Council.
  • Advocates to advance accessible, affordable, and improved early learning and school-age child care services for all children, birth through age 12.

Where We Help

CCRI serves Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Rowan, and Stanly counties in North Carolina. CCRI also serves on the NC Child Care Resource & Referral Council that...

Fast Facts

60,000 quality child care referrals provided to families last year.

37,090 children enrolled
in 4- and 5-star early learning programs in counties served by CCRI.

$50.8 million in child care financial aid administered to eligible families.

7,224 children received subsidized quality child care in Mecklenburg County (monthly average).

1,420 hours of professional development training delivered by CCRI staff.

3,505 early educators trained by CCRI's professional development programs.

CCRI Programs

Program Funders