Conversations on the Child Care Crisis

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Join the conversation at one of these virtual events in October to talk about the child care crisis in North Carolina: what’s happening in your community, where do we go from here, and how can we make it happen together.

These conversations will be key in shaping the Coalition’s policy priorities for early education in 2021 and beyond. We need your experience, your perspective, and your voice! 

We’ll kick things off by laying some groundwork about the current state of child care in North Carolina, followed by small group discussions to give you an opportunity to share your concerns and challenges and to think big and strategize with colleagues and partners. Then we’ll wrap up by sharing some key advocacy tips to help turn your hopes for our early education system into action.

10:00 – 10:05     Welcome
10:05 – 10:15     Conversations Overview and Structure
10:15 – 10:55     Small Group Discussions
10:55 – 11:15     Full Group Discussion
11:15 – 11:25     Advocacy Training
11:25 – 11:30     Next Steps and Closing

These events are free for current, paid members of the NC Early Education Coalition, and $10 for non-members. Please consider becoming a member of the NC Early Education Coalition today.

Registration for these events has now closed!

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Burch at

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Past Events

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.

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