In Guilford County, more than 23,602 infants, toddlers and preschoolers need childcare because their sole parent or both parents work.¹ However, only 7,512 are in high-quality care and education settings today.²
And high-quality childcare has a significant cost — an average of $902 per month for infants in Guilford County.³ While care is expensive, approximately 40% of early care and education teachers in Guilford County are on some type of public assistance to supplement their wages.
How do we increase the quality of childcare while decreasing barriers — like affordability — for families? How do we ensure our educators are well-compensated for this important work?
Quality, affordability, and accessibility of childcare have systemic connections. They can’t be addressed individually without significant unintended consequences. That’s why we are bringing a systemic approach to address this complex problem. It also requires action at the local, state and national level.
In the winter/spring of 2018, a team of 20 leaders from business and early care and education examined this issue. They specifically focused on how to attract, engage and retain talent in this critical field. Recommendations will be shared in fall 2018, with an implementation plan developed to move this work forward.
¹ Child Care Services Association, 2018
² Guilford County Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
³ North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education, 2015