Thanks to the partnership of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and We Dream in Black (WeDiB) North Carolina with the Child Care Services Association and the NC Budget & Tax Center, child care workers in Durham will benefit from Durham County American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Money will now go towards expanding and improving the child care system, both for providers and for families. This is a testament to our work fighting for more visibility, respect, and most importantly, funding for child care!

Key Issues

We know that child care providers are absolutely invaluable in our society. They do the work that makes all other work possible, and they take care of the people we love the most. Here are the facts

13/hour low wages


is the average wage of Durham child care teaching staff*

no health insurance


of the workforce have no health insurance coverage

government assistance


received public assistance in the past three years

This is a terrible way to treat our most important workers, the vast majority of whom are women, and 85% of whom are people of color.

*$13/hour is the average wage of Durham child care teaching staff, according to the 2019 NC Early Education Workforce Study.


NDWA and WeDiB in NC is working with the Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to use the funds won through ARPA to build “the Business Side of Child Care” (BSCC) – this will include:



Intensive business training – The majority of professional development available for early educators supports instructional strategies. Admin focused training will build business organization, financial management and improve the marketing capacity of Durham’s child care provider community to increase enrollment in child care programs.


Coaching & Mentorship

Coaching by skilled specialists and structured peer mentorship – Investing in newer, minority-owned, smaller child care programs and those that serve children on subsidies will help sustain the quality of education for children of color and other vulnerable children and help lift these small business owners into greater self-sufficiency.



Grants to Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) will provide supplemental financial resources for participating providers. This is a crucial part of the technical assistance, as we recognize that providers may need to take time off of work to participate fully in educational and coaching activities and attend training sessions.

Family, Friend, Neighbor

Support for New Family Child Care Homes

This project will support new high quality child care seats in Durham by extending assistance to informal child care providers (family, friend and neighbor care – FFN) pursuing a child care business through state licensing. This will expand the overall supply of high quality childcare in Durham.

FCCHs and other small centers were some of the only child care programs to remain open during the pandemic, and yet they still struggle due to the thin margins that are vulnerable to fluctuations in the industry. BSCC will also build capacity for new high quality child care seats in Durham by providing training and business support to Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers who will open home-based centers.

At NDWA and WeDiB, we constantly work to win the respect, recognition, and wages we deserve. And we’ve won big through our organizing around the American Rescue Plan Act! But now we need YOU to help us put this money to good use.

Building the Business Side of Child Care: This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP3673 awarded to Durham County, North Carolina, by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Get Involved

Here’s what you can do to ensure that the money that has been won through the American Rescue Plan Act is put to good use for Durham Child Care workers: