2021 Budget Toolkit

This is it – now is the time for a final push for a final budget that invests in young children, their families, and their educators! Please use the following resources to help you take action and learn more about key policy priorities and the budget process.

Take Action Now!

Call NC Legislators about Child Care WAGE$
Please make a phone call today to support the workforce behind the workforce! Use the sample script below and find additional talking points in the Worthy Wages Campaign Toolkit. Please call your own legislators and members of the Joint Conference Committee – your own legislators if they are on the Committee, and the Committee Chairs (in bold on this list)
Sample phone and email script
Find your legislator’s contact information

Action Alerts

Tell the Joint Conference Committee to Invest in Early Education In the Budget

Tell the Joint Conference Committee to Invest in the Child Care WAGE$ Program In the Budget

Think Babies™ and Act: Tell the Joint Conference Committee to Invest in Babies in the Budget!

Additional Resources

NC Early Education Coalition:
NC Early Education Coalition Position Statement on Early Education 

NC Early Education Coalition Position Statement on Child Care WAGE$ 

House and Senate Budget Summary and Comparison

List of the budget Joint Conference Committee members by County

Coalition Webinar on Joint Conference Budget Advocacy – presentation and recording

Worthy Wages Campaign Toolkit and Social Media Toolkit

Videos: North Carolina Needs Child Care WAGE$

Think Babies™ NC:
Think Babies™ NC Alliance Position Statement on Babies and Families 

Think Babies™ NC Alliance Letter of Support for Extending Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

Think Babies™ NC Alliance Budget Statement and Summary

Think Babies™ NC Social Media Toolkit

Partner Resources:

NC Child click-to-call action alert: Tell Legislators to Increase Child Care Subsidy Rate

Op-Ed from Amy Cubbage, President of Smart Start: North Carolina’s children and families can’t wait for a budget


If you have questions or need additional resources or support for your advocacy efforts, please contact: Elaine Zukerman, Advocacy & Communications Director, elainez@ncearlyeducationcoalition.org