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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.





February 2021 Child Care Rules Changes

The NC Child Care Commission adopted rules effective February 1, 2021. Many of these rule changes were technical and substantive changes found since 2017 but there are additional rules that have been added as a result of rulemaking petitions submitted to the Commission. Minor changes such as technical wording, re-organization of rules and descriptions to clarify existing rule text were added throughout. Please refer to Chapter 9 – Child Care Rules  for complete rule text. For quick reference, the changes have been summarized in the following documents:

FCCH Summary  

Center Summary 

Several provider documents have been revised to support the changes in rule. As time permits, please review the following revised forms. They can be found under the Provider Tab; Provider Documents and Forms  page
•    Medical Action Plan
•    Off-Premise Activity Permission 
•    On-going Training Documentation
•    Summary of Law Brochure and Poster
•    Child’s Application for Enrollment
•    Classroom Staff to Child Ratio Sheet
•    FCCH Application Packet
•    FCCH Rated License Reassessment Packet
•    Incident Report Form

A training module is being developed and will be available in the DCDEE Moodle e-learning platform in early March.  As a follow up to that, the Regulatory Services Section is planning provider meetings this spring to discuss and answer any questions. 

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Cleaning & Sanitizing Fact Sheet Now Available

The NC Division of Public Health developed fact sheet with information about safe and effective cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in child cares. This fact sheet is being shared as part of ongoing education and guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in NC. Questions regarding the fact sheet can be sent to

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North Carolina Child Care Commission Third Quarter Meeting and Public Hearing

The North Carolina Child Care Commission will hold its Third Quarter Meeting on Monday, February 8, 2021 by WebEx beginning at 9:00 a.m.  A public hearing will also be held during this meeting on proposed rule amendments to 10A NCAC 09 .2828 and .3013 and fiscal note.. The agency has proposed edits to Rule .2828 to provide clarification for the self-study/self-assessment requirement beginning at the two- point level in program standards. The self-study/self-assessment must be completed for any family child care home provider who is applying for two or more points in the program standards. The agency also proposes amendments to Rule .3013 to increase the education and training requirements for NC Pre-K teachers and assistants.

The public hearing will begin at 12:00 p.m. Comments will be accepted through March 16, 2021 and may be submitted by email to or by mailing Dedra Alston, Division of Child Development and Early Education, Administration Section, 2201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2200.

The public is invited to join the meeting as an attendee by clicking the link below:

How to Make a Public Comment


If you wish to share a comment in writing, you may do so in 1 of 3 ways.

  1. Send your comment in an email to no later than March 16, 2021.
  2. Send your comment via US Postal mail to Dedra Alston, Division of Child Development and Early Education, Administrative Services Section, 2201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2200. Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than March 16, 2021.
  3. Type your comment in the Q&A function of the Child Care Commission’s WebEx Public Comment Hearing (Monday, February 8th at 9:00 am).

If you are submitting written public comment, the Commission asks that you provide (not required) your name and the facility/type of facility/organization that you are representing.

If you wish to share a comment verbally, through the web conference, 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
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DCDEE Hosts Focus Groups for Input into the 2022-2024 CCDF State Plan

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the major source of Federal funds for the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE). DCDEE uses these funds to provide child care assistance for families and to fund initiatives to improve and support the quality of child care in North Carolina. States must develop a three-year plan for how funds will be spent and how State agencies will implement Care and Development Block Grant requirements.

To assist in gathering preliminary information, DCDEE has scheduled 4 focus groups to be held via ZoomGov in February 2021.  

Participants are invited to give feedback on the following topics during the times below. You do not need to register, and there is no cost to attend. You may attend more than one focus group meeting.

Once the plan is developed, a public hearing and comment period will be scheduled later in 2021 to gather additional public input.

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Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant Needs Assessment Update

DCDEE is pleased to announce that the Notice of Funding Availability for the Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant Needs Assessment Update Request for Applications (RFA) deadline has been extended.

Up to $380,500 is available for this effort from April 15, 2021 through December 30, 2021. Up to $480,500 may be available over the 14-month period depending on the availability of carry forward and continuation funds.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on February 12, 2021.

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