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Interested in serving on the Commission?
Interested in serving on the NC Child Care Commission?

The Child Care Commission is the body that adopts rules for child care.

When do they meet?
Meetings, they will tell you, are quarterly, for a full day, in Raleigh.  However, for the next few years during the rules review process there are more frequent meetings and some of them are two-days, back to back.  Lately they’re on Mondays or Monday/Tuesday.

Is there work between meetings?
It requires a commitment to reviewing documents, studying rules and law, doing research prior to attending the meeting, in order to be truly effective in your role.

What traits make for an effective commission member?
It requires a willingness to speak up when you don’t understand something or when you disagree with the viewpoints shared.  Your idea may be the same as others who are afraid to speak up.  For many years the Commission has had a reputation of simply “rubber stamping” anything that is put in front of them by the Division.  That has been shifting in recent years and we need for the Commission to be made up of independent thinkers.

Is a background check required?
It requires a review of your financial interest and any organizations or companies you are a part of.  There will be an ethics review to ensure there is not a conflict of interest that would prevent you from being objective.  Additionally, as a public servant, you’ll fall under public records laws.

Does it pay?
It requires travel, which is reimbursed at around $.25 per mile.  You get the state rate for overnight stays and they pay around $68 per night.  You receive a per diem of approximately $15/day for your work.  (These are estimates.  DCDEE staff can give specifics if needed.)

How does one get appointed?
Appointments are made by either the Governor, or the leader of the House or Senate chambers.  Because it’s political, your party affiliation matters, since that will determine whether or not you’re a candidate for an appointment by the Governor (who is a Democrat now) or the House/Senate (where there is a Republican majority).  The state board of elections website provides party affiliation as public record so the legislator with your resume in hand will certainly be checking it.

If you’re still interested, here’s how it works. 

1. Please send your resume to
2. Please answer the questions below.  This will provide us with your contact information and an official record of your interest.
3. Our lobbying team works closely with key legislators and representatives from the Governor’s office.  As we identify seats for which you might be a good candidate, we will share your resume with our lobbyist, who will make the recommendation on our behalf.  

The process is very slow, and very political, so we invite your patience!

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