North Carolina is the 28th largest and 9th-most populous of the 50 United States. Children under 5 years totalling to 610,128; those under 18 years 2,300,645.
According to NCDHSS, North Carolina has one of the highest rates of working mothers with young children; thus, making the need for child care one of the state's top priorities. Over 200,000 children spend part or all of their day in regulated child care arrangements.
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