Helping families recover

North Carolina’s child care providers face
precarious financial positions because
of COVID-19, threatening parents’ access
to affordable, high-quality care.


As of December 2020, approximately 90% of
North Carolina’s child care providers were open,
but child care enrollment levels statewide are at
around 60% of their pre-pandemic levels. With
thin profit margins even in good times, this is
a financially unsustainable position that could
lead to widespread closures, which would harm
families’ ability to access care. On average, child
care providers are facing a 47% increase in
operating costs during the pandemic.

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