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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.





Are you up-to-date on required Health and Safety Training?

2022 CCDF Health and Safety Training available

Are you due to complete the Health and Safety Trainings required in child care rule 10A NCAC 09 .1102? All child care administrators and staff members must complete required training in eleven health and safety topics within the first year of employment. After that, the training must be completed once every five (5) years. These health and safety training rules first went into effect in October 2017; if you were one of the first to complete the trainings, you are likely due to take them again.

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WATCH! COVID-19 Webinar Now Available in English and Spanish!

WATCH! COVID-19 Webinar Now Available in English and Spanish!




The Division of Child Development and Early Education recently held a Public Health Town Hall for Early Care and Learning Professionals to learn about the latest vaccines, treatments, and tools to combat COVID-19. Led by DCDEE Legislative Liaison & Policy Manager Arlette Lambert, MSW, the town hall featured NCDHHS Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Charlene Wong, MD; and NCDHHS State Child Care Nurse Consultant Amy Petersen, BSN, RN of the Division of Child and Family Well-Being.

DCDEE also announced the retirement of the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit effective August 31, 2022. Child care programs and local health departments should follow the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Operational Guidance for Early Care and Education Programs with the following exception: mask exemptions are allowed in North Carolina when children and staff return to child care following an exposure or 5-10 days after a COVID-19 infection. For details on the specific mask exemptions, as well as information to support implementation of the CDC guidance, please see DCDEE’s supplemental document, Managing COVID-19 Cases in Child Care Facilities.

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DCDEE has news about Stabilization Grants!

Please join Director Ariel Ford and Deputy Director Dr. Kristi Snuggs next week at one of the short webinars listed below for an important briefing on child care stabilization grants.


Update on Stabilization Grants (Webinar):

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 3-3:30 p.m. Join the Webinar

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 5-5:30 p.m. Join the Webinar

Thursday, September 15, 2022 12-12:30 p.m. Join the Webinar

New! Saturday, September 17, 2022 10:30 a.m. Join the Webinar


This is not a training, but an opportunity for those receiving or considering applying for child care stabilization grants to hear critical new information.


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Notice of Funding Availability for the Specialized Family Child Care Technical Assistance Program Request for Applications (RFA)

DCDEE is pleased to announce a new Notice of Funding Availability for the Specialized Family Child Care Technical Assistance Program Request for Applications (RFA).

The purpose of this request for applications is to establish a statewide family child care (FCC) technical assistance and professional development program with a focus on retaining existing FCC providers, increasing the availability of FCC providers for families across North Carolina, and increasing the star-rating of FCC programs through technical assistance, coaching, mentoring, and professional development. The function of this system is to coordinate the work of culturally inclusive technical assistance practitioners that specialize in family child care programs across North Carolina. These practitioners will support the FCC programs by providing services such as individualized coaching and mentoring, identification of resources and community outreach, peer-support, and both group and individualized professional development.

This RFA will be for a 2-year funding cycle (January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024) with the option to renew for 1 additional year (January 1, 2025 - December 31, 2025). Approximately $3,000,000 will be available to support the first 2-year funding cycle and $2,000,000 will be available for the optional third funding year. One award will be funded through this announcement.

Applications are due by 5:00pm on October 10, 2022.


Application Face Sheet

Line Item Budget and Narrative Instructions

Line Item Budget Template

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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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