Total enrollment in child care in North Carolina

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Definitions: Annual count of children enrolled in child care centers by license rating of facility.

A rating of one star means that a child care program meets North Carolina’s minimum licensing standards for child care. Programs that choose to voluntarily meet higher standards can apply for a two to five star license. The star rating is comprised of a facility’s scores in three quality components: Staff Education, Program Standards and Compliance History. For more information on the Star Rated Licenses please refer to

Data Source: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education. Special data request, October 2020.

Footnotes: Last updated November 2020.