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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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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

Early educators deserve worthy wages for worthy work!

North Carolina is facing an early childhood workforce crisis due to poverty-level wages. Early educators deserve worthy wages, and young children deserve experienced, well-educated, and well-compensated teachers to support their healthy development.

What can you do?

Visit our Action Center to learn more about this issue and to contact 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.

Learn More

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