Child Care & Parenting
Resources in One Location

We improve children’s lives through parent education, quality child care resources and leadership on children’s issues throughout the community.

We know the first five years of a child’s life are the most important developmentally and set the foundation for a child’s future. Our parenting programs work to create positive, nurturing relationships between the child and the parents and break the chains of negative behaviors and parenting techniques. We focus on developmentally appropriate behaviors and activities so both the child and parents feel prepared not only for kindergarten but for the bright future ahead of them.

The eight programs and two scholarships offered at the Center focus on improving the quality of child care programs in the county, increasing educational opportunities and the skill level of child care providers, and preventing abuse and neglect through intensive parent education, ensuring a healthy start in the child’s life and helping them reach their full potential.

Here are some ways CFRC can help:

  • Training and technical assistance for child care providers
  • Parent Education
  • Educational Library
  • Scholarship Programs


Here’s our 2015 Annual Report!


Child care has long-term impact

I can hardly wait to cheer on “our” home team, the Carolina Panthers, on Super Bowl Sunday! It is easy to see how having national sports teams feed our state’s economy. The money that the sports industry generates is obvious, and it clearly impacts many associated markets.

Would you believe me if I told you that the child care industry in North Carolina generates more than $1.7 billion a year, and that figure is on par with the revenue generated by the spectator sports industry in North Carolina (think Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Hornets)?

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Our “Pit Crew” Fills a Vital Need

My family’s Eastern North Carolina roots meant I grew up with NASCAR in the background on TV. I barely paid attention, and outside of being able to tell you that a man named Richard Petty drove a race car, I couldn’t have told you a thing about the sport until I attended my first race in the fall of 2014. I was lucky enough to learn a little bit about it from a former NASCAR pit crew member who patiently explained it to me. There’s much more to it than cars going fast around a track. My favorite part may have been watching the pit crew at work. It is fascinating.

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Thank the Passer

If you’re a Dean Smith fan, you probably know winner of the NCAA’s Coach of the Year. One of the rules that Coach Smith insisted on his players following is to “thank the passer.” When a teammate passed the ball that allowed the player to score, the player would simply point to the teammate as a gesture to say “thank you for the assist,” “thank you for your help,” or “thank you for helping me succeed.” This small split second gesture defined the Tarheel’s team culture and has now turned out to be a universal “thank you” used in basketball and other sports worldwide today.

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