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  • Information about the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been moved to a new, separate area. Information provided by DCDEE related to COVID-19 and child care providers, settings and health precautions can now be found on the Coronavirus Information for Child Care page.





North Carolina Child Care Commission First Quarter Meeting, August 1, 2022

The North Carolina Child Care Commission will hold its First Quarter Meeting on Monday, August 1, 2022 by WebEx.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

To join as an attendee:

There will be time set aside to receive public comments during the meeting: 

How to Make a Public Comment During the Meeting

If you wish to share a comment verbally, through the web conference during the regular public comment time, please do the following:

  1. In order to speak online, you must connect to the meeting through a computer or tablet.  DCDEE is unable to open audio lines if a commenter’s connection is through a phone line (either mobile or land).
  2. Use the “raise hand” function in the WebEx room & wait to hear your name, to be called upon to speak.
  3. The raise hand function is indicated by the hand symbol and is located on the bottom right of the screen. Click this symbol once, and your interest in speaking with be indicated to the conference online moderator. Speakers will be asked to speak and unmuted in the order in which they indicated their interest.
  4. When you begin your comment, please identify yourself. Please state your name as well as your associated facility and type, or agency/organization so the group can be aware of who is speaking.
  5. Please speak slowly and clearly. Please try not to talk over another speaker.


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New Criminal Background Check Legislative Changes

The 2022-2023 Appropriations Bill (HB 103) signed by Governor Cooper on July 11, 2022, made two important changes to North Carolina General Statute 110-90-2 regarding child care Criminal Background Checks.

The period for background check qualification renewals was revised from three years to five years

The provisional qualification period was reduced to forty-five days.

The Division intends to implement these changes as soon as possible.  An individual’s current Qualification Letter will be extended 2 years for the total of 5 years.  New Qualification Letters will not be generated.  Individuals with a Provisional Qualification Letter will receive a Qualification Letter on the 45th day. Letters are generated in the Criminal Background Check portal.        

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NC Pre-K State Advisory Committee Meeting - August 11, 2022

The NC Pre-K State Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022, by Web Ex beginning at 10:00 am. Please join the meeting as an attendee by clicking the WebEx link or WebEx Audio conference number below:       

WebEx link: 

WebEx Audio Conference #:  1-415-655-0003

Access Code: 2427 213 1108


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Kindergarten School Search tool available

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) has launched a new Kindergarten School Search tool to help North Carolina families find kindergarten education opportunities offered by public schools, including charter schools, and private schools. This interactive tool also has information about Opportunity Scholarships and Education Student Accounts (ESA+).

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North Carolina Child Care Commission Special Meeting, June 6, 2022

The Child Care Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, June 6, 2022 to discuss its response to the rulemaking petition received from Ms. Mary Myers.  The meeting will be held by WebEx and will begin at 9:00 a.m.


Click here to join as an attendee:

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