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

171,294

Children under age six with parents in labor force

466,012

Licensed early care and education child care programs​

6,623

Total number of children receiving child care subsidy

87,580

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
$7,536
Number of child care center workforce employees
26,610
Child care center teacher median starting salary
$10.50/hour


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




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