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Child Care Stabilization Grants

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On October 7, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced a historic, one-time federal $805 million investment in North Carolina’s early care and learning programs. The North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants, made possible by funding from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, will support working families with access to high-quality, affordable child care. The grants will also help early care and learning programs with recruitment and retention, enabling them to provide better wages and benefits to teachers, and promoting equity for all—children, parents, and teachers.


Stabilization Grant Quarterly Updates due January 28!

Quarterly Update for recipients of Child Care Stabilization Grants will open at Noon on January 19, 2022. This updates covers October, November, December of 2021. Updates are due by 11:59 PM on January 28, 2022. 

January Grant Payments Sent

Check to be sure your NCID is properly linked to your business and that your direct deposit account is setup correctly.



Stabilization Grant Quarterly Updates due January 28

Quarterly Update for recipients of Child Care Stabilization Grants will open at Noon on January 19, 2022. Updates are due by 11:59 PM on January 28, 2022. The Introduction to the Quarterly Report training will help you prepare to get it done. DCDEE is hosting four different dates and times for your convenience. You can earn a maximum of 1 training credit hour. Save the date for the one that best works with your schedule:

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Licensed Child Care Programs that are eligible for Stabilization Grant funding must: 

  • Hold a license or be regulated under a notice of compliance by DCDEE on or before March 11, 2021, or
  • Hold a current license or a notice of compliance and be eligible to participate in the Subsidized Child Care Assistance Program.

Use of Grant Funds

  • Family supports
  • Personnel costs, including payroll, salaries, similar employee compensation, employee benefits, retirement costs, educational costs, child care costs; and supporting staff expenses in accessing COVID-19 vaccines;
  • Rent (including under a lease agreement) or payment on any mortgage obligation, utilities, or insurance; also, may include late fees or charges related to late payments;
  • Facility maintenance or improvements, defined as minor renovations, including outdoor learning spaces/playgrounds, and minor improvements to address COVID-19 concerns;
  • Personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitization supplies and services, or training and professional development related to health and safety practices;
  • Purchases of or updates to equipment and supplies to respond to COVID–19;
  • Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume child care services;
  • Mental health supports for children and employees;
  • Health and safety trainings for staff, including but not limited to CPR, First Aid, and medication administration.

How to apply?

Child Care Stabilization Grants are non-competitive, but child care programs must apply. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

Be ready to apply, you’ll need:

  • Business NCID#
  • Program information, such as enrollment and capacity
  • Staff education and payroll
  • Monthly expenses and revenues

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For questions, please call DCDEE’s Customer Support Team at (919) 814-6300, choosing Option 3, or email




2201 Mail Service Center | Raleigh, NC 27699-2200
919-814-6300 | 1-800-859-0829 (In State Only)

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