Snapshot of Early Care and Education in North Carolina

Number of Children ages 0-4610,908
Number of children age 0-4 living in poverty


Children under age six with parents in labor force


Licensed early care and education child care programs​


Total number of children receiving child care subsidy


Total number of children on waiting list for child care subsidy36,838
Total number of children enrolled in NC Pre-K26,729
Average annual cost for full-time star rated child care center
Number of child care center workforce employees
Child care center teacher median starting salary

Sources of Data:

2017 State Child Care Fact Sheets, Child Care Aware of America

2015 Workforce Study, Child Care Services Association

NC Division of Child Development and Early Education

First 2000 Days Campaign

There are only 2000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child shows up for the first day of kindergarten.