Policy and Advocacy
The NC Early Education Coalition is the only statewide advocacy coalition dedicated to promoting high-quality, accessible and affordable child care in North Carolina. We accomplish our mission of advocacy and education by: developing policy positions, researching and producing fact sheets, providing training and resources, cultivating relationships with policymakers and the media, engaging a full-time lobbying team at the NC General Assembly, mobilizing advocates, and collaborating with state and national early childhood partners.
As we continued to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic this year, our digital strategies became more creative, innovative, and effective as we all continued to adapt to a mostly virtual world.
From webinars and trainings, to in-person advocacy, to social media, to Zoom, Zoom, and more Zoom, our 2021 events brought together advocates, parents, child care providers and teachers, community members, and policymakers to raise awareness about early childhood priorities in North Carolina.
Think Babies™ NC
Think Babies™ NC seeks to ensure that North Carolina’s youngest children, prenatal to age 3, benefit from effective and equitable public policies, programs, and funding so that all children have what they need to thrive: healthy beginnings, supported families, and quality early care and learning experiences.
The NC Early Education Coalition serves as the backbone organization of the Think Babies™ NC Alliance, led by a cross-sector Leadership Team of state and local organizations focused on advancing public awareness and policy solutions for infants, toddlers, and their families. We are a proud partner in the national ZERO TO THREE Think Babies™ campaign and the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers, which is funded in part by the Pritzker Children’s Initiative.
This year, we celebrated our one year anniversary of becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! Our portfolio of programs and initiatives continued to grow, along with our staff, and we received new and renewed grant funding from ZERO TO THREE, the Pritzker Children's Initiative, and Z. Smith Reynolds to continue our work for young children, their families, and their educators.
Young children and families depend on us to be their champion. Our work depends on you.
Now is the time to transform child care. We can't do this work without you. We need your help to continue our work to win new victories for young children, their families, their educators, and their communities. Every contribution makes a big difference! Here are a few ways you can get involved and support the Coalition:
Become a Member
Our members are a diverse group of statewide organizations, regional and local child care agencies, child care providers, and individuals. They are the heart and soul of our work and the best advocates we know!
Make a Donation
Every contribution makes a big difference! Your contribution will support work that is critical to making progress on issues impacting our state’s youngest children.
Want to learn more about the NC Early Education Coalition? Please explore our website or send us an email!