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About the Division of Child Development and Early Education

Our Mission

The mission of the NC Department of Health and Human Services is, in collaboration with our partners, to protect the health and safety of all North Carolinians and provide essential human services.

Our History

North Carolina boasts one of the highest rates of working mothers with young children in the nation, making the availability of quality child care essential for the State's economic development and stability. The creation of the Division in 1993 reflected the growing importance of child care to North Carolina families and the role of the state in ensuring quality standards and access for families to child care services. The creation of a quality rating system for child care licenses promoted higher quality and more informed choices or families.

  •  1971. North Carolina's first child day care licensing law was passed. As a result, the North Carolina Department of Administration, Office of Child Day Care Licensing was created.
  •  1985. The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that consolidated the Office of Child Day Care Licensing and the NC Department of Human Resources, Office of Child Day Care Services. This consolidation led to the creation of the Child Day Care Section, which was housed in the NC Division of Health Service Regulation (formerly Division of Facility Services) under the NC Department of Human Resources.
  •  1993. The Child Day Care Section and some other parts of the Department of Human Resources (now referred to as the Department of Health and Human Services) agencies were reorganized into the Division of Child Development which has now become the Division of Child Development and Early Education (the Division).
  •  1999. The Division implemented a new five-level Star Rated License for child care facilities based on achieving higher voluntary standards than the minimum requirements for licensure.
  •  2005. The Star Rated License was revised to give parents the best indication of quality, awarding the star rating on the basis of staff education and program standards, and requiring higher compliance with licensing rules as a minimum standard.
 

 

 

2201 Mail Service Center | Raleigh, NC 27699-2200
919-527-6335 | 1-800-859-0829 (In State Only)

 
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