North Carolina Child Care Choices

Making the Right Decision

Triangle Child Care resources vary greatly from zip code to zip code.

One of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent is choosing quality child care for your child. Every child is special and unique and deserves the best start possible. Studies reveal that a high quality child care program will help prepare a child for school readiness by increasing their chances to succeed. Research also indicates that employers benefit when their employees’ children are in quality child care arrangements because parents are more secure and stable in their work environment. This makes parents more productive; thus, making a win-win situation for everyone: parents, children and employers.

Part of making the right decision is understanding the difference between a three component license and the revised two component license. As you visit child care facilities, you may notice a difference among their licenses. Through 2008 some facilities will have a license that measures two components and other facilities will have a license that measures three components. This difference simply indicates that programs are in different stages of transitioning to the revised two-component license. The two component license is required of any program initially licensed after January 1, 2007 and is required of all facilities by 2008. Click on the “star rating license” a tab above to get more information.

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