The North Carolina Division of Child Development is currently preparing NC’s 2010-2011 Child Care and Development Fund Plan. A public hearing is scheduled for June 2, 2009 from 4:30-6:00 PM in Room 300 at 319 Chapanoke Road, Suite 120, Raleigh, NC 27603 to solicit input and comments.
We need to ensure that DCD uses these funds to help stabilize families and protect children while we rebuild the economy. Two essential components in any plan must be to maintain high quality and help families looking for work. Doing so will ensure our children’s continued healthy growth and development, and therefore our state’s future prosperity. Make sure you share your comments both in writing (as described below) and at the hearing.
The purpose of the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) block grant is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services. Through this grant, states are given flexibility to develop child care programs and policies that meet the needs of children and parents within their state. CCDF funds are used to support North Carolina’s regulatory and licensing system which insures the health and safety of all children in child care. A minimum of 4% of CCDF funds are used to support quality initiatives which impact all families whose children are in child care. These funds also support the NC Subsidized Child Care Program which helps to pay the cost of child care for income eligible parents who are trying to achieve economic independence by working or attending school. The NC Subsidized Child Care Program provides funding to support the child care needs of nearly 160,000 children each year. This year’s total CCDF grant amount is estimated to be approximately $190 million.
The proposed plan will be available after May 18, 2009 at the following locations:
1. The N.C. Division of Child Development, 319 Chapanoke Road, Suite 120, Raleigh, NC 27603, or
2. On the Division’s website at www.ncchildare.net, by clicking on the “What’s New” link.
Written comments will be accepted through June 2, 2009 and my be submitted via electronic mail or through the US Mail. Comments should be addressed to:
2010-2011 CCDF Plan Comments
N.C. Division of Child Development, DHHS
2201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2201