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Welcome to the North Carolina Early Education Coalition

We are dedicated to advancing the quality and affordability of early care and education for young children, their families and communities.

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Resources

Find the latest early childhood reports, fact sheets, infographics, data and more.

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Early Childhood Issues

Learn more about the issues impacting North Carolina's young children, their families, and their educators.

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Network of Professionals

Become a member of the Coalition and join a statewide network of early childhood advocates.

Issue Spotlight

Increase funding for early education – now and after the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the fact that child care is part of a state’s core infrastructure. North Carolina’s early education system is essential to keep families working and the economy moving forward. But right now, it is on the verge of collapse.

Families rely on our early education system in order to keep working, and our state’s economy does, too. Stabilizing this critical industry must be a top priority, for the sake of our young children, working families, and economic prosperity – now and after this crisis is over.

What can you do?

Visit our Action Center to learn more about this issue and to contact state and federal policymakers!

Take Action Now

It's time to Think Babies™ NC!

Think Babies™ NC is a statewide initiative to ensure that North Carolina’s youngest children, ages 0- 3, benefit from effective public policies, programs and funding to promote a solid foundation for what they need to thrive: healthy beginnings, supported families, and quality early care and learning experiences.

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54%
of babies live in poverty or low-income households
1 in 5
eligible infants and toddlers receives child care subsidy assistance
9%
of babies are born at a low birth weight
1 in 4
moms return to work 2 weeks after giving birth