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.


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