North Carolina to Participate in National Early Care and Education Workforce Project

(Excerpted from the Press Release)

North Carolina is among six states selected to receive grants and technical support to identify opportunities to improve their Early Care and Education (ECE) workforces, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) announced this week. The $12,500 grants are being distributed by the NGA in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and will go to Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, and North Carolina.

“For decades, North Carolina has been a leader in early childhood education and I am proud our effort has been recognized with this support. We will continue working to ensure that every child is given the education and skills they need to find a good job and lead a successful life,” said Governor Cooper.

The grants and support are the result of an NGA and CCSSO project aimed at improving the workforce educating and caring for young children across the nation. The NGA and CCSSO will provide technical assistance and grants to develop policy and carry out action plans focused on improving their Early Care and Education Workforce.

Support for the grant comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Alliance for Early Success, the Foundation for Child Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The project will be implemented by a state team, with representatives from the governor’s office and several state agencies, including Health and Human Services and Commerce, and other invited partners.