North Carolina Partnership for Children- Smart Start (NCPC) is a thriving network of 74 nonprofit local partnerships that serve all 100 North Carolina counties. NCPC ensures fiscal and programmatic accountability and coordinates a statewide network to create better outcomes for children and families.
In order to produce comprehensive, nationally comparative data on the child care gap, BPC originally set out to map child care access in all 50 states. However, when the coronavirus pandemic prompted stay-at-home orders in March, BPC halted their original research design. This report and accompanying interactive maps represent the results from 25 states.
The pandemic relief funding that early childhood received in the CARES, CRSSA and ARP acts pales in comparison to the amount that went to public schools. The SERVE Center in NC has just released a brief that offers information about the allowable uses of funds as well as the continued need and multiple opportunities to prioritize early childhood education to ensure the youngest learners and their families are supported and included in all local education planning
The Community Systems Development Toolkit supports the hands-on implementation of collaborative systems work at the local level, providing resource tools that cover the full spectrum of community systems and coordination work.
Governors and leaders of health care systems have made it clear that child care is an ``essential service,” without which we will not be able to effectively respond to this pandemic. Given that reality, state and federal governments are obligated to support its continued existence across states and settings, including programs who support families with child care subsidies, and those who do not.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Congress has approved over $52 billion to support the child care system through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act; the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CCRSA) Act; and most recently through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). While these funds have focused on stabilizing this essential industry, the various pots of child care funding in ARPA — in addition to annual federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds and any state funds — provide a unique opportunity to lay the foundational infrastructure that centers racial equity to transform the child care system as we know it.