Anna Carter

Anna Carter

Anna Carter is the Director of DHHS’ Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE). She began her career in 1993 at DCDEE and has worked for the Division in a variety of roles, including coordinating the Division’s work in conjunction with the director and collaborating with state and local partners to support the early care and education field.

Carter has worked on several statewide initiatives, including the Five Star Rated License system, implementing NC Pre-K when it was transferred to DCDEE from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, and developing the application submitted for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant.

In 2013, Carter left the division to become president of the Child Care Services Association (CCSA) in Chapel Hill. CCSA provides free referral services to families seeking child care, technical assistance to child care businesses, and educational scholarships and salary supplements to child care professionals through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood and Child Care WAGE$ Projects. She left CCSA in June 2017, returning to DCDEE as director.

Carter received her master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles.