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About the North Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) System

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) programs have provided essential services in North Carolina for more than 50 years. The North Carolina CCR&R Council has organized the CCR&R system into 14 regional lead agencies and 62 local agencies to provide consistency to these essential services across the state for more than 20 years.

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What is the CCR&R Council?

The CCR&R Council manages and oversees the 14 Regional Lead Agencies to ensure the delivery of high quality CCR&R core services and access to special projects statewide.

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In 2003, the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) began dividing the state’s CCR&R services to establish a strong child care resource and referral system.

DCDEE initially divided the state into 18 service delivery regions and issued a Request for Application to choose Regional Lead Agencies that would be charged to work with their local CCR&Rs to ensure consistent access to comprehensive, high quality CCR&R services in every county.

In July 2010, the state was reorganized into the 14 regions we have today.

The CCR&R Council, comprising three Council Management Agencies, is responsible for:

  • Seeking and distributing funding to the 14 Regional Lead Agencies from DCDEE
  • Managing contracts and overseeing service delivery for regional CCR&R core services and statewide special projects
  • Providing information and resources, professional development and technical assistance to the Regional Lead Agencies
  • Providing leadership and coordination in CCR&R and early care and education system change efforts

In addition to overseeing the delivery of core CCR&R services, the CCR&R Council manages four special projects to improve the quality of child care statewide.


Find out how CCR&R agencies make an impact.

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