Babies First NC

Babies First NC supports increased infant and toddler (Infants, 1’s & 2’s) classroom care quality by providing funding for increased quality, funding to increase teacher compensation, and providing ongoing intensive technical assistance, and monitoring progress toward increased quality and best practice. Babies First NC requires quality enhancements established as necessary by research findings, NC Pre-K and Early Head Start. Some of those quality enhancements include: reduced staff to child ratios, minimum required teacher education, scheduled teacher planning time, minimum teacher compensation, ongoing individual developmental assessment, and enrollment developmental screening and referral if indicated. In return, early care and education centers receive monthly incentives, ongoing technical support, ongoing monitoring and monthly stipends for each qualified classroom teacher teaching in the Babies First NC classrooms.

Fast Facts

Relevant Actions
State or Local? Local
CountiesDurham, Harnett, Johnston, Martin, New Hanover, Pender, Pitt, Vance, Wake
Lead Agency Child Care Services Association
Type of Agency


Racial Equity Lens
  • Intensive equity training for all staff
  • Create 1-2 year continuity of care for infants and toddlers and sustained high quality of care for children
  • Continuity of employment for teachers in classrooms
  • Teachers receiving a living wage or closer to a living wage.
Next Steps
  • Families will be asked to provide input in ongoing project activities
Primary Partners
  • NC Division of Child Development and Early Education
Primary Funders
  • Preschool Development Grant via NC Division of Child Development and Early Education
Contact Ginger C Thomas

Active Counties