2023 Child Care Heroes

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We hope you’ll join us for our 3rd Annual Child Care Heroes event – in person for the first time! Buy tickets now for a day of celebration and learning featuring inspiring keynote speakers, breakout sessions to help you be a better advocate for child care, a legislative panel discussion, networking opportunities with the early childhood community, and the presentation of the 2023 Outstanding Early Education Advocate Awards. Meals will be included, and DCDEE credits will be available.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Friday Conference Center, 100 Friday Center Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27599

$100 for Coalition members
$125 for a ticket + membership
$150 for non-members

See below for more information about the breakout sessions. Keynote and other speakers will be announced soon! Click here to download a flyer in English and in Spanish.

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Breakout Sessions

Making Your Voice Heard: In this session, we’ll hear from three participants from the NC Early Education’s Advocacy/Leadership Academies: a parent, a child care center administrator, and a family child care home provider. Come and hear from these advocates about how they are using their voices to affect change.

Equity and Power in Early Education:In this session, participants will learn about the history of power within the United States, how to discover their own personal power, and the skills needed to advocate for change within the early childhood system. Specific advocacy strategies and tips will be provided so that participants can translate knowledge into action.

Child Care Subsidy and Economic Supports: Access to high-quality affordable child care is critically important for child and family well-being. Recent research links child care subsidies and other economic supports to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Reducing involvement of the over-burdened child welfare system in the lives of children and families is also important, particularly for families from historically overrepresented populations. This session will provide an overview of existing research investigating the link between child care subsidies and child maltreatment, explore data on the topic from North Carolina, and describe ongoing policy initiatives to expand access to subsidized care.

Early Childhood Workforce and Babies First NC: Babies First NC was an infant and toddler initiative implemented with Preschool Development Grant funds with a focus of increasing the quality of care for some of NC’s youngest citizens. Come join us to find out how project staff implemented quality strategies while responding to the COVID pandemic and the ever-changing early childhood workforce crisis. We will share the status of the infant-toddler workforce pre- and post-COVID and how the Babies First NC initiative was able to mitigate the most pressing issues to create 5-star quality classrooms in the central and eastern part of the state.



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