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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

Increase Child Care Assistance for Working Families with Young Children

Children’s development and learning in the earliest years lay the foundation for all of the years that follow. But children in our state are missing out on critical early care and learning experiences, since few working families can afford the high cost of quality child care. Child care subsidy assistance helps low-income families pay for child care so that they can work or attend school while providing their children with access to high-quality early education during a critical time in their development.

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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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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