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This page provides a brief summary of child care demographics of North Carolina. Compared to the national average, North Carolina has one of the highest rates of working mothers with young children; thus, making the need for child care one of the state's top priorities. Over 200,000 children spend part or all of their day in regulated child care arrangements. The need and availability of child care is essential for the State of North Carolina's economic development and stability.

On this page, information about child care facilities regulated by the Division and information about the Subsidized Child Care (SCC) Program is updated. To review monthly reports for regulated and subsidized care, go to Monthly Child Care Statistical Reports. The 2003 Early Childhood Needs and Resources Assessment is also available as a valuable resource tool for obtaining information for the entire state and for each of North Carolina's 100 counties.

The Snapshot is made up of 4 key categories:

North Carolina Demographics
Category Number
2013 Total Population 9,848,060
2013 Children 0-4 years old 612,295
2013 Children 5-9 years old 645,393
2013 Children 10-14 years old 650,173
2013 Total children under 18 2,285,605
Children under 5 as percent of population 6.2%
Children under 18 as percent of population 23.29%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for selected Age Groups
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 (Census 2010 Profiles of General Demographic Characteristics)

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Child Care Highlights
Child Care Centers
Number of regulated Child Care Centers 4,763
Number of children enrolled in Child Care Centers 234,911
Family Child Care Homes
Number of regulated Family Child Care Homes 2,407
Number of children enrolled in Family Child Care Homes 14,743
Number of children served 83,700
Total number of regulated facilities 7,140
Total number of children enrolled in regulated facilities 249,654
Source, Division of Child Development and Early Education Monthly Statistical Summary Report - July 2014
Number of Children Served Receiving Subsidy  - 76,887

The Current Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan

The CCDF Plan is North Carolina's largest source of federal child care funds. CCDF funds must be used by states for child care subsidies and initiatives to improve the quality of child care. States are required to submit a biennial plan describing how CCDF funds will be used.

For additional information on any of these statistics, contact the Division at 800.859.0829.


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