Click here to learn more about the Celebrating Child Care Heroes: A Night with the Coalition on June 24, 2021.

Strolling Thunder: A Think Babies™ NC Virtual Advocacy Day!
June 4, 2021

Register now for the 4th Annual Strolling Thunder and Think Babies™ NC Advocacy Day to tell state policymakers it’s time to push babies to the top of their priority list! Join us for this fun and interactive virtual event and a day of activities to help you be a big voice for babies.

We wish we could be together in Raleigh to see your smiling faces and decorated strollers, but we look forward to seeing you all virtually and keeping the spirit of Strolling Thunder going strong! As a special support for parents, the first 100 parents of infants and toddlers who register and attend this event will receive a gift card for their participation.

At this event, you’ll have a chance to hear directly from state legislators about the bills and issues they’re supporting this legislative session and how they will impact babies and their families. Parents from across the state will also share about their personal experiences with paid leave, health care, home visiting, and child care. We also want to hear from you and hope you’ll share your story, priorities, and ideas throughout the event as we Think Babies together. Then, we’ll help you take your advocacy skills to the next level with workshops designed to help you push for change and take action.

Strolling Thunder Agenda
Friday, June 4th from 10:00 – 11:30 am
10:00 – Welcome and Introductions
10:05 – Legislative Panel
10:25 – Parent Panel
10:45 – Comments and Discussion
10:55 – Call to action!
11:00 – Advocacy Workshops (select one during registration)

Advocacy Workshop Descriptions
1. Storytelling through Digital Media: Everyone has a story to tell! Learn how to craft compelling messages, develop your story, and then share it through videos, pictures and social media.

2. Successful Meetings with State Legislators: Ready to set up a meeting with state legislators to share your story and your ideas about how they can make babies a top priority? Learn how to build relationships and have great meetings with state legislators at home, in Raleigh, or virtually.

3. Creative Ways for Communities to Think Babies: Hear from local Think Babies™ NC Community Partners about some of their creative public awareness strategies – from billboards, to videos, to events, to engaging local media – and get ideas for how your organization and community can put a spotlight on babies and their families.

Come stroll with us! Tell North Carolina policymakers that it’s time to Think Babies and Act and build a better future for our state’s babies and their families.

Register Now for Strolling Thunder!

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Past Events

Conversations on the Child Care Crisis
October 2020

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.

Click here to read our summary and recommendations from this event.

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)

Learn more about past events

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