Governor Cooper Tours Fayetteville State University and Child Care Center to Highlight North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants

Governor Roy Cooper toured and toured the Fayetteville State University Early Learning Center today to highlight the North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants. To date, more than $655 million has been distributed to 4,200 child care centers across the state to support and retain the early childhood educator workforce.

“Investing in early childhood education is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our state,” Governor Cooper said. “These grants help give parents the time and flexibility to keep and get well-paying jobs while ensuring their children are taken care of. I commend Fayetteville State University for its commitment to preparing our early childhood educators and providing high quality early childhood care and learning.

“Well-trained, educated, and compensated child care and early learning teachers are at the heart of high-quality child care,” said Kristi Snuggs Ed.D., assistant director of the development division of Child and Early Education at the North Carolina Department. Health and social services. “With the help of historic federal investments, North Carolina and our early childhood programs and teachers have kept daycares open during the pandemic so children learn and parents work. With federal investments ending soon, now is the time to work together to ensure early childhood teachers continue to do the work they love and attract more qualified teachers to the field.

“We are honored and thrilled to receive a North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grant to strengthen our facilities and services and to recognize and reward our teachers and students for their crucial work and essential care,” said Chandrika Johnson Ph.D., acting dean of the FSU College of Education. “The College of Education is proud to prepare the next generation of early childhood educators and serve our community at the same time through the center.”

“Teaching and learning early in a child’s life is critical to their overall development and preparation for the next stage of life,” said Jocelyn Smith-Gray ED, assistant professor from birth to Kindergarten and Deputy Director of FSU’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Years, Reading, and Special Education. “We deeply appreciate the confidence in our program that this grant represents, and we look forward to giving educators and students the tools and support they need to succeed and make a difference.” »

“The Fayetteville State College of Education has been preparing dynamic, caring educators of the highest caliber since its inception,” said FSU Chancellor Darrell T. Allison. “Our faculty, staff and students are deeply committed to the well-being and well-being of the children and families we serve. The North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grant is a powerful affirmation of their incredible contributions; we congratulate them on their accomplishments and look forward to what lies ahead.

During the pandemic, a historic $1.9 billion in one-time federal dollars was invested in North Carolina’s child care system to stabilize it, keeping child care programs in statewide open and teachers at work.

This funding to support child care programs will be fully spent in October 2023.

ICYMI: Learn more about the North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants and how these funds are helping child care centers across the state succeed:

WITN: Governor Cooper announces more than $655 million for child care

October 18, 2022

Governor Roy Cooper Celebrates Success of Grant Program to Help North Carolina Child Care Centers

One childcare service affected by these grants was the State Line Children’s World center in the county of Scotland. The governor toured the facilities on Tuesday and highlights the support’s impact on their workforce.

“High-quality early learning gives kids the head start they need while allowing parents to stay in or re-enter the workforce,” Cooper said. “These funds will help raise the salaries of preschool teachers so that we can keep them in the profession to continue to educate, nurture and support our children.”

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Davina Daberry, deputy director of State Line Children’s World, added that this grant helps provide teachers with better benefits like bonuses, paid wellness days and mental health support. She also says this service will remain free to parents and guardians thanks to the grant.

The NCDHHS announced it is extending the grant program that supports early care and learning teacher compensation through December 2023.

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WBTV: ‘Our children deserve the best’: North Carolina governor encourages more daycares to apply for stabilization grants

Courtney Cole – April 7, 2022

More money is still available to help North Carolina child care centers recover from the pandemic.

In October 2021, Governor Cooper announced the launch of the North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants, a historic $805 million federal investment in the state’s early care and learning programs.

Since the program’s launch, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has distributed more than $340 million to nearly 4,100 child care centers across the state.

For nearly 30 years, Nana’s Place Learning Center has enriched the young minds of children in Mecklenburg County, but March 2020 has upended their plans.

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“Attracting and retaining these educators is critically important, they have to love their jobs to do that,” Cooper said.

These funds will not last forever, nurseries can only use them for 18 months; it’s one of the reasons the Governor is pushing for more sustainable funding.

“I’m offering additional help in my budget in the future and we need to continue the effort,” Cooper said.

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WCNC: “Without our teachers showing up…parents couldn’t get back to work.” | NC grant to keep teachers and workers on the job

Meilin Tompkins and James Brierton – October 21, 2022

A week after announcing a new grant program in North Carolina aimed at keeping workers on the job, Gov. Roy Cooper and other political leaders visited a Charlotte daycare center on Thursday to highlight the program’s ability to help teachers.

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“[Schools and child care facilities] have to try to get more teachers to join, but also to keep the ones they have,” Cooper said Thursday. “And be able to provide raises and bonuses and improve working conditions. work and to increase the quality of services provided to these children and these parents, everything is going to be critical.”

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According to the government office, grants funded by the $805 million program can be used for a range of activities, including: staff costs; mental health supports; rent, mortgage, utility, facility maintenance or insurance payments; personal protective equipment (PPE); equipment and supplies; and the goods or services necessary to maintain or resume child care services.

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NC Health News: $805 Million Investment in NC Child Care Amid COVID

Anne Blythe – October 8, 2022

Signs on the side of the Community School for under-sixes, a daycare and early learning center in Carrboro, were decorated with large, brightly colored letters on Thursday.

“WELCOME,” said the top banner. “Welcome Governor Roy Cooper” was spelled out on another.

With sounds of children playing outside in the background, Cooper and U.S. Representative David Price, a Democrat whose congressional district includes Carrboro and all of Orange County, made an announcement outside the 51-year-old school that will be welcomed by many in the childcare industry.

These centers and other early learning programs across the state will have access in November to $805 million in federal assistance that will be distributed through the North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grant Program.

“It’s really exciting for us because it will help strengthen our child care centers and provide them with the support they need to retain and attract quality teachers,” Cooper said.

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