The NC Early Education Coalition is a proud partner in the national ZERO TO THREE Think Babies™ campaign and in the Pritzker Children's Initiative's National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers.​​​


If you are a parent or provider who works with young children and their families, please share your story with us!

Strolling Thunder Registration

Think Babies™ Community Advocacy Activity Mini-Grant Recipients

We are so pleased to announce that eight communities in NC will receive mini-grants to support community advocacy efforts focused on infants, toddlers, their educators, and their families. Click the button below to view a list of the grantees and the exciting activities taking place throughout NC.

Think Babies™ Advocacy Academies

​This fall, we hosted three sold-out
advocacy trainings for early childhood advocates to learn how to work with policymakers and make their voices heard for infants, toddlers, their educators, and their families.

We've also created a Think Babies™ Advocacy Toolkit, which you can put to use in your own community! The toolkit includes data about children and families at a county, state and national level, information about programs and policies that work, advocacy tools for working with policymakers, messaging tips and communication templates, and many other resources to help you #ThinkBabiesNC! Click the button below to download the toolkit.

The NC Early Education Coalition is launching a new initiative to support babies and their families!

Think Babies™ NC is designed to ensure that North Carolina’s young children, ages 0-3, and their families benefit from effective public policies, programs and funding that promote a solid foundation for healthy beginnings, supported families, and quality early care and learning experiences. This project will create an effective and engaged coalition of state policy-makers and early childhood stakeholders who will work together to raise public awareness and build political will to improve policies and programs for infants and toddlers and their families. 

We are building a statewide coalition focused on infants and toddlers, hosting exciting events and training opportunities, and developing new strategies for working with policymakers and early childhood stakeholders to make sure everyone takes action to put babies first. Join us to get the latest information about opportunities to participate in this exciting new project. 

It's time to Think Babies™ and make their potential our priority. Click the image below to take the
​Think Babies™ pledge today!


Strolling Thunder™

June 7, 2018, Raleigh, NC

On June 7, 2018, parents, babies, and early childhood advocates took Raleigh by storm for Strolling Thunder to tell everyone that it's time to it's time to Think Babies™ NC - for stronger families, vibrant communities, and a prosperous future. Thank you to everyone who pushed for change with us, and thank you to our Strolling Thunder partners at and NCAEYC

Click hereto see the ABC 11 News story about this event. Click here to watch our video about the event on Facebook!

Click here to download Strolling Thunder handouts and resources


Building Strong Foundations for Babies 
April 4, 2018, Raleigh, NC

Click here to download a pdf of the presentations and handouts.

Click here for the links to the recordings, including the keynote address and all powerpoint presentations.