Conversations on the Child Care Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear to everyone that child care is essential – for children’s healthy development, for working families, and for our economic recovery from this crisis and future prosperity. But child care is not funded like it’s essential, and this crisis has devastated the child care industry in North Carolina and across the country. In order to address these challenges and to help guide and inform our work to support, stabilize, and ultimately transform the child care system, the NC Early Education Coalition hosted two virtual Conversations on the Child Care Crisis in October 2020. The conversations were designed to shed light on the current conditions across the child care landscape, the immediate needs of the child care community and the strategies needed to build a better child care system. These interactive conversations provided an opportunity for Coalition members and the broader early childhood community to share concerns and challenges, strategize with colleagues and partners, and provide input about the early education policies that should be top priorities in 2021 and beyond.
Strolling Thunder: A Think Babies™ NC Advocacy Day
September 3, 2020
On September 3rd, parents, babies, child care providers, and advocates from across North Carolina gathered for a virtual Strolling Thunder rally to #ThinkBabiesNC! The event featured inspiring speakers, information about policies that can make a difference for babies, and tips for being an effective advocate, mixed with fun activities for parents and their children.
The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on many of the support systems for our state’s youngest children and families and has exacerbated the existing challenges and inequities faced by far too many in our state. Now, more than ever, is the time to make sure policymakers make the potential of every baby a top priority and put policies, programs, and budgets in place to ensure that all children have what they need to thrive: healthy beginnings, supported families, and early care and learning. The opportunity in the midst of this crisis is for our elected leaders to build a better early childhood system, one that is centered in equity to ensure that all children have what they need to reach their full potential.
The Strolling Thunder rally addressed all of these issues and more, with a keynote address from a pediatrician and powerful advocate discussing health disparities, a panel discussion about the current state of Think Babies™ NC policy priorities, an advocacy training, family dance party, children’s storytime, and videos featuring the voices of advocates from across the state. Check out the YouTube playlist above to watch all of the Strolling Thunder videos, including the full rally, or watch the individual videos below. Stay tuned for more events and ways that you can make your voice heard for babies!
Strolling Thunder Videos
Keynote Address: Dr. Kimberly Montez
Why Do You #ThinkBabiesNC (Part 1)
Why Do You #ThinkBabiesNC (Part 2)
Why Do You #ThinkBabiesNC (Part 3)
Strolling Thunder: A Think Babies™ NC Advocacy Day is co-sponsored by our partners at MomsRising and the NC Association for the Education of Young Children (NCAEYC).
The NC Early Education Coalition is a proud partner in the national ZERO TO THREE Think Babies™ campaign. Click here to learn more about Think Babies™ NC.