Workplace Options Extends Work-Life Benefits to Early Childhood Educators across N.C.

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Raleigh, NC – February 8, 2013 – Workplace Options, a global employee effectiveness company and the world’s leading work-life services provider, is now providing early educators across North Carolina with a host of work-life benefits through a new partnership with the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals (the Institute).

Workplace Options is making a package of free, ongoing services available to the 24,000-plus certified early educators statewide. The services include legal and financial assistance, tax preparation, elder care referral services and more.

“Our education system produces North Carolina citizens,” said Dean Debnam, chief executive officer of Workplace Options. “Our early educators shape the minds of the voters, volunteers and voices that will define our state’s future. It’s an incredibly important and difficult job.”

“The Institute gave us the opportunity to help these people balance their lives and become better at what they do – and we’re more than happy to offer what we can,” Debnam said.

Workplace Options built a customized website available through the Institute as the entry point for all available services. The website went live in late 2012.

“Our organization is about advancing the education, compensation and recognition of North Carolina’s early childhood workforce, and Workplace Options is providing us with a host of services that can help every certified early educator balance the demands of work and life,” said Debra Torrence, executive director of the Institute. “We are building tools to advance the early care and education workforce in North Carolina with the resources, continuing education and tools they need to support the needs of the young children they care for and educate. This is a great step forward for the field, and something that will impact thousands of people each year.”

In North Carolina, more than 42,000 early educators work with or on the behalf of young children ages birth to 12 in child care and school-age settings. For more information about the nation’s first fieldwide Early Educator Certification process and the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals, please visit

About the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals
The Institute is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1993 to increase the education and compensation of early educators working with or on the behalf of young children ages birth to 12 in early care and educations settings in North Carolina. In 2008, the Institute implemented the first field-wide Early Educator Certification process in the nation to provide early educators with a professional certification and a bank of growing benefits to reward educational achievements. Since its inception, the organization has worked with state and local partners to develop a comprehensive professional development system for early educators in North Carolina. For more information, visit

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